She is dazzling. She is talented. She is beautiful. She is Miss Minnesota and the fourth runner-up in the Miss America pageant that was Sunday evening in Atlantic City, N.J.
This hometown woman represented the state of Minnesota as Miss Minnesota. After a grueling couple of days in New Jersey, Rebecca Yeh, daughter of Tim and Kathy Yeh, told the Dispatch she was ready to head for the lakes of north central Minnesota, her home.
Pageants, like Miss America, take a personal and physical, not to mention an emotional toll, on a person. Yeh seems to have weathered the rigors of the pageant rather well.
Keep in mind, Yeh finished fifth among 52 other women from around the nation (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were represented in the annual competition).
She was selected in the first round of judging to be among 15 semi-finalists, no small task.
Then she was in the top 12. It was during the 12 finalists’ competition that she was able to elegantly display her poise in the evening gown strut down the runway. She landed in the top 10 when she performed in the talent segment of competition, performing “Scherzo Tarantella” by Henri Wieniawski.
She made it to the top five final candidates before it was announced that New York’s Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America.
One could assume that residents in the Brainerd lakes area were glued to their televisions Sunday evening trying to take in all of the pageantry. It was an evening the Nisswa-native and Brainerd High School graduate will not soon forget.
After just a few hours of sleep, Yeh left the glitz and glitter of center stage to make her way back to family and friends in Minnesota.
I believe it’s appropriate to convey our admiration for this young woman who exhibited poise, character and talent when the nation’s spotlight was on her.
Thank you Rebecca Yeh. You are a person to be admired for your many talents, poise and beauty.