Past Reigning Royalty

Lily Bonebrake
Miss Norsk Høstfest 2018

Sometimes, jumping in quickly can be the best decision you ever make. That’s definitely the case for Miss Norsk Høstfest 2018 Lily Bonebrake. Just a few weeks before competition, Lily’s mom was watching the news and heard that the Miss Norsk Høstfest pageant was looking for more participants and the winner would receive a scholarship. Never one to turn down an opportunity to earn more funding for higher education, Lily signed up right away.

Since it was short notice, Lily didn’t have much time to prepare for the Miss Norsk Høstfest pageant competition. Thankfully, the competition is designed to focus on personality, interview skills and heritage, so Lily only needed her natural charm to shine through and clinch the title. “I was really surprised I won,” said Lily. “But it was a really good experience for me to do the interview and work through my nervousness.”

With two great-grandparents who were Norwegian and one who was Swedish, Lily’s Scandinavian blood runs deep. She tells stories of making homemade lefse with her grandma throughout her childhood. She’s attended Norsk Høstfest over the years, and is always excited to get to know all the people at the festival, especially the kids.

Lily love for children is apparent. When she isn’t in school or sports, Lily dedicates time as a CLC teacher at Washington Elementary. “The best part of working at CLC is getting to hang out with 2nd graders every day, being silly and having fun.”

Currently a senior at Minot High School, Lily plans to put her scholarship to use next year when she enrolls in college to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a NICU nurse. While she hasn’t officially committed to a university, she’s planning to attend either Minot State University or the University of North Dakota. This year, she’s finishing her senior year strong. Lily is an active member of the Student Council and the Renaissance Club at Minot High School. She’s been playing hockey nearly from the moment she could stand on ice, and currently plays on the Majettes girls hockey team.

This year marks a special year for Miss Norsk Høstfest. Even though the festival started in 1978, this year marks the 40th Miss Norsk Høstfest title holder as the program began in 1979. If you see Lily at the festival, make sure to say “hi!”