Leading up to International Women’s Day, KX News is highlighting local women who inspire, lead, and forge the way for other women.
Tonight, we feature a young woman who is dedicated to making a difference — Macy Christianson of Minot.
“I knew at a young age that she was going to do some big things in her life,” said Angela Christianson, Macy’s mom.
Call it mother’s intuition, because Macy really is doing big things.
“It’s almost one of those situations that she’s become my example, she’s my role model,” Angela added.
But to Macy, it’s not about the masses, it’s about the message.
“Being able to find something beautiful out of the struggles that you go through,” said Macy.
After her brother was hurt in an accident caused by drunk driving, she made it her mission to turn the bad into something good.
Macy currently holds the title of 2020 Miss North Dakota USA and was Miss North Dakota America in 2017. She says her proudest accomplishments aren’t the titles she’s held, they’re the opportunities she’s had to teach young people about the impact of their decisions.
“I think sometimes people can look at pageantry as something negative, so I really wanted to show that it’s much more than that,” she said.
“And not just pageantry, but you’re able to stand on any type of platform and have a voice. And even if you’re just talking to a small group of people, that group of people is going to impact other people from it.”
She’s a paraprofessional at Sunnyside Elementary School, but she’s passionate about working with kids outside of the classroom, too.
She’s spoken to thousands of students across the state, worked with North Dakota Special Olympics, is on the board for North Dakota’s first-ever Miss Amazing pageant, and has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. And someday, her reach will be even wider. Why? Because she can.
“Even though you start small in a town like Minot, it can have a nationwide impact.”
It may seem like her plate is pretty full, but really, she’s just getting started.
“She makes the world a better place,” her mom said with a smile.
Macy will represent North Dakota at the Miss USA pageant this Spring, and she’s also pursuing a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.
Macy was KX News’ last finalist for Nexstar’s Remarkable Woman of the Year.
This Friday, March 6, we will announce the winner on Good Day Dakota.