The pageant life for Megan Leary started last winter during the Camai Festival.
“ for years people were trying to get me to run for Miss Camai, and I was like no way! that’s so embarrassing, getting up on stage in front of people like that, and so this year on like the last day I finally decided, I’m going to do it,” says Leary.
Leary, who is from Bethel and Napaimute, actually placed first runner up, after the original 2013 Miss Camai, Clarissa Tall of Chevak. Tall said she could not attend WEIO this year, due to a summer internship she didn’t want to leave.
Leary built her pageant platform around education, which she says is important to her. She added that she has always encouraged her peers and those younger to stay in school earn their high school diploma, and go on to more education after high school. Leary says she also included traditional learning, which is equally important.
“it’s not just western education finishing and going after that, it’s your traditional education and that was what my talent was about,” says Leary.
She says she had a lot of help in earning the Miss WEIO title.
“thank you to everyone who stood behind me, and supported me and just encouraged me to be myself, and go to WEIO as myself, and not be afraid to show who I was, and what I had to offer,” says Leary.
Miss WEIO 2013, Megan Leary, is the daughter of Mark and Shelly Leary of Napaimute.