Miss Minnesota 2013
Rebecca Yeh is the 20-year old daughter of Tim and Kathy Yeh and native of Nisswa, Minnesota. Rebecca represented the Detroit Lakes area as Miss Northwest before being crowned Miss Minnesota 2013 on June 15 at the Eden Prairie HS Performing Arts Center.
Rebecca recently completed her sophomore year at Ohio Northern University where she is pursuing a career as a clinical pharmacist. Accepted into the highly selective Doctorate of Pharmacy program, and appearing on the Dean’s List for the past 2 semesters, she is a Triple ‘A’ scholarship recipient (academics, arts and athletics) and an accomplished violinist. At the Miss Minnesota competition, Rebecca won not only the preliminary talent award, but also the preliminary swimsuit award and overall interview award. She has been a self-employed violin instructor since the age of 13 and performs regularly as a soloist, as a member of a string trio, and occasionally as part of a string quartet.
Ms. Yeh’s service platform is entitled “My Voice for Philip” was inspired by her 22-year old brother Phil who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4. As Miss Minnesota 2013, Rebecca will speak and educate people about early detection and public awareness of this disorder that affects 1.5 million individuals living with autism. She will also be the official spokesperson for Children’s Miracle Network and for the work they do here in Minnesota.
Rebecca competed against 21 other women for the title of Miss Minnesota 2013. The fourth runner-up was Miss Heart of the Lakes Lauren Johnson; third runner-up, Miss Coon Rapids Emily Kallis; second runner-up, Miss Minneapolis Samantha Phillippi; and first runner-up, Miss City of Lakes Savannah Cole. Over $20,000 in educational scholarships were awarded at this year’s pageant among the 22 contestants. This was also a very special year for the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Program as all three Miss Minnesotas who were crowned Miss America (BeBe Shop Waring ’48, Dorothy Benham ’77, and Gretchen Carlson ’89) were in attendance for the first time in over 20 years. They appeared at the first ever Crowns and Gowns Gala, a benefit to raise money for the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Fund.
The Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant. Ms. Yeh recently competed for the title of Miss America 2014 in Atlantic City, NJ. Rebecca was a Preliminary Talent winner and also 4th runner up to Miss America. She returns to Minnesota with $12,000 in scholarship awards from the national competition. Congratulations Rebecca!
Photo: Sarah Morreim Photography