For Miss Montana 2023 Mady Rigg, failing to make Glacier High School’s volleyball squad her junior year opened a door she never imagined existed.
“I was … a little devastated,” Rigg recalled late last month, not long after securing the title of Miss Montana. Still feeling the sting of not making the team she found a letter in the mailbox addressed to her from the organizers of the Miss Montana USA pageant. They were looking for entrants into that year’s competition; Rigg was looking to bounce back.
Although Rigg knew she enjoyed public speaking from participating in Glacier High’s DECA program and from dabbling in speech and theater, “I didn’t know how to do my makeup or curl my hair or any other pageant stuff,” she said.