A former Miss Wadena has been named Miss North Dakota USA. Halley Maas, daughter of Jim and Kim Maas, is now living in Grand Forks and is a nursing student at University of North Dakota. Maas said the entire experience was amazing and she credits the Miss Wadena Scholarship program with her success as Miss North Dakota USA. "Holly Becker really pushed me into being in the Miss Wadena pageant and I'm so glad she did," Maas said. "Being in the Miss Wadena pageant really helped me feel prepared for this pageant." As Miss North Dakota USA, Maas will work with different volunteer organizations and make appearances at various events. "Anyone can request an appearance and I'm happy to do that," she said. The pageant experience was positive and Maas said she's made some life-long friends. "I've learned to be the best version of me," she said. Maas encourages others to join pageants because they can learn some great life skills. "You don't have to have a lot of experience. Don't be intimidated," she said. Maas will now advance to compete in the Miss USA national pageant. The competition includes judging in an interview, and evening gown and swimwear. Participants must be unmarried young women between the ages of 14 and 26 and must live in North Dakota. Maas had several sponsors and wanted to thank them. They include: Hair Success of Fargo, Minnesota Valley Irrigation of Wadena, Grandma Carroll Maas, The Cactus of Perham, Larry's Family Pizza of Wadena, Dave and Diane Peters of Wadena, Mid-State Insurance of Wadena, Aaron's Sales and Lease and the Trochman Family.