Class of 2018
Greater Minnesota Pageant
Pageant Date: March 23, 2019
Platform: “Triple A” to Make it okay: Starting Conversations About Mental Illness
Talent: Lyrical/Contemporary Dance “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
School: Minnetonka High School
Samantha Nash (Sam) is a Junior at Minnetonka High School where she continues to be an A honor roll student and a varsity dancer on both the Performance and Competition Dance teams. In her upcoming Senior year, she will serve as a Senior captain on the Performance team and as a newly elected captain on the Competition team.
She has danced since she was three years old, continues to study several disciplines at her studio and competes on a senior line along with a solo during post high school dance season.
Sam loves to perform. She started singing at her church when she was five years old and is now in the Minnetonka Treble Choir. She enjoys solos which she has done since kindergarten and continues to audition for. Recently she started studying with a voice coach and is looking forward to performing in her first music recital. In theater, she was delighted to play Cinderella, Jasmine in Aladdin and Gabriella in High School Musical. In figure skating, she passed 12 tests in freestyle and Moves in the Field and competed for 3 years both on a synchronized skating team as well individually where she received a first place award.
She likes to study languages and travel. She is in her fourth year of Chinese and is still working on her Swiss-German and German which she practices when visiting her Swiss aunts, uncles and cousins in the summers. She has visited 33 different countries and hopes to add more to the list in the future.
One of her highlights in 2018 was dancing in the Super Bowl half time show where she got to meet Justin Timberlake and accidentally almost tripped him.
Her platform is "Triple A" (Awareness, Access and Advocacy) to make it okay to have conversations about mental illness.
She was inspired by her own and her mother’s severe bouts with depression and anxiety. She wants to help remove the stigma that prevents conversations about this illness and empower people to seek care and receive treatment. She enjoys going to elementary and middle schools to ignite these conversations. She looks forward to using her title to impact as many lives as possible.