Karie stands out as an articulate advocate for positive community development. Her commitment is the result of a negative experience in her own community. In 2002, Karie's high school shut its doors and residents of her town - including Karie - began to worry about whether their area had a future or not. In less than two years, though, Karie found a positive path to reverse the decline of her community when she was invited by another local resident to attend a LeadershipPlenty® training program. Following her graduation from LeadershipPlenty® in the summer of 2004, Karie decided to become an advocate for community change and began volunteering with South Dakota Rural Enterprise Inc. (SDREI), the nonprofit that organized her training.
In addition to learning more about the importance of communities working together, Karie also was busy improving her confidence in public appearances by winning the title of Miss Glacial Lakes. Following this honor she was named second runner-up at the Miss South Dakota pageant in 2004. Prior to appearing in the Miss South Dakota pageant Karie incorporated the message of LeadershipPlenty® into her platform and this year, as she competes again for the title, her platform issue is titled, "Leadership Plenty: Promoting Community and Economic Development."
We're proud that Karie's experience with LeadershipPlenty® was so positive and has resulted in her taking up the mantle of advocate for community collaboration. This country can never have too many advocates for hope and we think Karie's going to be one of the good ones. Best of luck to Karie during this year's pageant, we'll be sure to keep our readers appraised of the outcome.