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Brandon teen chosen as state finalist in pageant

Alanah Faber, 15, of Brandon was chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Minnesota state pageant. The pageant was held June 1-2 at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington.

This pageant is for girls 4 to 18 with five different age divisions. Faber competed in the Junior-Teen age division (ages 13-15) against 119 other young ladies across the state.

She won the Miss Personality competition and the Top Model competition, receiving a trophy, a $250 check and an invitation to the National American Miss competition in California this coming Thanksgiving.

Faber was in the top 30 of the contestants in the overall competition. This was her first pageant.

The National American Miss pageants keep all activities and competitions at age appropriate levels. Girls younger than 12 are not allowed to wear make-up, and there is no swimsuit competition.

The pageant program is based on inner-beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an "All-American spirit of fun for family and friends."

Emphasis is put on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning good sportsmanship and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant recognizes the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for her future.

Faber, the daughter of Sheila Barsness and Dave Faber, is a junior at Jefferson High School in Alexandria. Her goal for the future is to join the Air Force and become a motivational speaker regarding mental health issues.