Class of 2017
Director: Theresa Leggate
Pageant Date: September 16, 2017
Talent: Vocal Performance
Platform: Worth More Than Gold
Raising awareness and prevention of sex trafficking in the Midwest through education and dialogue
Callista is a Junior at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul where she is pursuing a double major in Theatre Arts and Bible Studies. On campus, she is involved in campus leadership, Women's Chorale, Cheerleading, and Theatre on Purpose (a traveling theatre group made up of students who each year choose an important social issue and create an original play to spread awareness). Callista is a graduate of Perham High School, where she held many leadership positions in Student Council, Band/Orchestra, FFA (where she ultimately served as Vice President), and the Speech team (where she was a seasoned state competitor). Callista first became passionate about the issue of human trafficking when a former high class call girl spoke at her church, and detailed how easily she went from a small town Minnesota girl to becoming trapped in an industry she desperately wanted to be free of. Callista has spent the past few years connecting with professionals and victim advocates from across the area, and she looks forward to working with community members to raise awareness and prevent the same tragedy from happening to anyone else.