Speaking to elementary students, Cara Mund returned to the stage in Williston where she was crowned Miss North Dakota.
Now Miss America, Mund kicked off her homecoming celebration by appearing bright and early at Bakken Elementary. For some, seeing Miss America speak, was a dream come true.
"Now I can go check that box off on my bucket lis," says fith grader, Destiny Brinkley.
Mund spoke of defying odds as the first Miss North Dakota to grab the national title and of proving the naysayers wrong.
"The man I told it to told me that there was very little chance that a North Dakota girl like me would make it to an Ivy League school. So I wound up wanting to prove him wrong," says Mund.
The message was one the elementary students took to heart.
"It was inspiring and fun," says sixth grader Colby Prewitt.
"If you dream of something, you can always accomplish it if you always try to do your best," says sixth grader, Chris Wallace.
"It makes me feel that I can achieve goals too and I can do what I set my mind to," says sixth grader, Mikelle Bleyl.
And some of the students may even follow in the titleholder's footsteps and attend their own Ivy League school.
"I want to get into a good college. Like maybe Harvard are something," says Bleyl.
"I'm going to study and try to get into Harvard," says Brinkley.
For many of these students, seeing Miss America was a dream come true, but it was also a reminder-
that they too can dream big and work hard to make those dreams come true.
Mund's official homecoming celebration will begin at 6pm at Bakken Elementary School in Williston, where she spoke to the students this morning.
She will also officially crown the new Miss North Dakota, Lizzie Jensen, during that ceremony.
The celebration will continue at 7:30 at the Phil Jackson Fieldhouse.
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