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One More Time

One Last Interruption

Janelle Behny, MHSP Executive Director

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

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Another Interruption

Janelle Behny, MHSP Executive Director

Monday, April 6th, 2020

Being Flexible


Recent pandemic developments make me reflect on the ideal attributes of a titleholder in the Miss America Organization. One of them at the front of the list is flexibility. Not the Mrs. Incredible kind. The type that helps us anticipate and move on without a hitch in our step. It's the flexibility that allows us to comport ourselves with grace, dignity, and charm, regardless of what comes our way. If anything sows seeds of that nature, it's the adversity of the COVID-19 variety. While it's easy to let stress drive us to anxious panic, learning to make friends amid discomfort goes a long way to reap a harvest of calm confidence.

Keep Moving Forward

And so, we move forward while life presses the pause button for us. When we are part of a service organization, it's hard to feel useful when we can't go outside our homes for much! And no, I don't have a sewing machine to make face masks, so that's a little frustrating, especially when one of our most avid supporters owns The Spool House. How's that for irony? (Shaking my head.) But I digress. We still plan because the most recent projections for the pandemic to peak locally point to it happening sooner than later. And since the Hastings Chamber still plans on holding Rivertown Days in mid-July, we will keep our competition date that week, too! We will continue to evaluate the situation as new information comes to light, but I see the need for happy things to help our hope float.

Miss Hastings Serves

While we plan, we remember those who struggle with illness. Some from the patient side, others from the clinical side, and those who no longer fight because they lost. To these and their loved ones, we extend our most sincere condolences. To those who are spent from the fight, but not done, we give you our best: prayers, love, kindness, WiFi hugs, whatever helps you lift your head and be encouraged! We send it to you.


Meanwhile, we do what we can to encourage those who can find and make it to a Red Cross location to give blood. Please go to Sophie's Blood Donation page on our website to learn more. Sophie, Miss Hastings 2020, is a Red Cross blood donation ambassador with lots of experience in this area. The page is full of info to give you insight into the importance of donating and the best practices they've established to keep everyone safe as you give. We have a blood drive scheduled for May 28th, so I hope we'll see you there, but we'll let you know if we come up with an earlier date. We're trying to be flexible, so let us know if there's a birthday parade, social distancing opportunity, or service project to which we can contribute. We're flexible, and there's always room for more people to help our hope float!

Hospital Waiting Room

So Small, Yet So Big

An Unexpected Interruption

Janelle Behny, MHSP Executive Director

Monday, March 16th, 2020

A Change in Plans


In light of recent developments with COVID-19, the Miss Hastings Scholarship Program has canceled its next Wednesday Workship scheduled for March 25th at Hastings Country Inn. Isn't it amazing how something so small has such a big impact on us?! As a service organization, we consider the needs of others within the Hastings School District, especially in this time of uncertainty. We believe the cancellation reflects our desire to accommodate the needs of our community.

Miss Hastings Serves


With that being said, we will be available to answer questions for potential canidates and their parents via email at We are also a phone call away at 651-270-8984. Please let us know how we can help YOU make a big impact on the Hastings area and help you prepare for the 2020 Miss Hastings Scholarship Competition! The sooner you get started, the more confident you'll be on competition day. Contact us today! As the previous post said, "You won't know if you don't try."


You Won't Know If You Don't Try 

Words to Inspire Us

Janelle Behny, MHSP Executive Director

Monday, February 24th, 2020


Miss Hastings 2021, Sophie Keeler, at the welcome sign by the Hastings Bridge.

The Miss America Motto


    “To prepare great women for the world, and to prepare the world for great women."


It's a pleasure to launch the News webpage for Miss Hastings Scholarship Program (MHSP). As Executive Director of our program, I'm even more thrilled to announce our Miss Hastings will write our new blog for us! Look for it the first week of March. Sophie is the face of our organization and represents our mission “To prepare great women for the world, and to prepare the world for great women."

Sophie Keeler, Miss Hastings 2020, is one of many great women in the Miss America Organization (MAO), but we think she's pretty special among them. We crowned her last July after an exhaustive eight-month recruiting effort for candidates within our school district. A month before our annual competition, we had everything in place to hold it, but no candidates despite our best efforts! It was only then, after consulting our board and committee members, I made the difficult decision to open our competition territory from Hastings School District 200 to a 50-mile radius of Todd Field.

Keep Calm         Keep Moving Forward

This development saddened our committee, as well as the candidates we recruited eventually. They, including Sophie, already knew firsthand the benefits of participation in a Miss America local competition. Therefore, they wanted it for young women in the Hastings area as our committee intended! This experience steeled the resolve of our organization, and Sophie's, to never find ourselves in that predicament again. Why? Our community is home to many bright, talented, and engaging young women working to put themselves through school and be the successful person they hope to become. It's the primary reason we started MHSP, and one of many reasons why Sophie is so honored to serve our community until she crowns her successor- from Hastings!

2020 Miss Hastings Scholarship Competition Info

With that said, we are happy to inform you we restored our competition area last October to its original boundary, and applications for our July 2020 competition are now open! Young women who live, work full-time or attend school full-time in Hastings School District 200, or are a graduate of its high school AND a Minnesota resident are eligible to enter our competition scheduled for Wednesday, July 15th, 2020. Candidates must also be 17 years old by the end of July 31st, 2020, and no older than 24 by the end of this year to meet the age requirement. She must also have her high school diploma, or a GED, by June 2021.

Scholarship Awards

Scholarship awards made at our 2019 competition were $1,000 to Miss Hastings 2020, $300 to her first runner-up, and $100 to her second-runner up. We also gave $100 to each winner of the Talent Award, People’s Choice Award, and Spirit of Miss America Award. The good news is that any scholarship can go to the school of your choice. If it’s a public college, private university, or trade school; as long as it's accredited and your academic progress is in good standing, the money will follow you and go toward your tuition. Every little bit helps, and we want to help young women reach their goals by putting their education to work.

Are You Miss Hastings 2021?


     You won't know if you don't try!


SO- are you, or someone you know, Miss Hastings 2021? Are you ready to become a local celebrity to help advocate the cause most dear to you and serve your community as you promote it? You won't know if you don't try or ask! There's only one way to find out. Dare yourself or that certain someone to start the adventure. Check our website here to learn more and become a candidate. Then, contact us so we can help you prepare for the world as we prepare the world for you!
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