Siri Freeh, Miss Northwest, was crowned Miss Minnesota 2012 on June 16, 2012. She will represent Minnesota in Miss America 2013Pageant to be held in Las Vegas next January.
Miss Minnesota 2012 Siri Freeh Crowning Moment
Miss Minnesota 2012 Siri Freeh
Siri Freeh - Miss Minnesota 2012
A 23-year old nursing student at the University of Minnesota with a 4.0 GPA, Siri plans to pursue her Doctorate in Cardiovascular Research. She is a member of the U of M’s Honors Program and works tirelessly to maintain the balance between her academic and career goals, and her creative passion, lyrical ballet. “Dance keeps my life balanced and centered” says Siri, but it wasn’t until she was 13 years old that she began studying classical ballet and jazz dance. Two years later after attending a summer intensive program with Ballet Magnificat in Mississippi, Siri discovered lyrical ballet and fell in love with it. “I have always had the ‘dance itch,’ Siri said. When I was younger, I loved twirling around in a tutu and choreographing my own dance routines, even though my only lessons at the time were from my VHS copy of the Nutcracker Ballet. To this day I still choreograph my own dances.”
Siri’s personal service platform is “Living Heart Strong,” which was inspired by her father who was admitted to the Emergency room after abnormal EKG’s. Her father had never experienced problems with his heart before, but this incident brought the importance of heart disease prevention to her doorstep. She has now established relationships with the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart Campaign, Camp Odayin – a summer camp for children with heart disease, the Minneapolis Heart Institute, and Abbott Northwestern Hospital, to bring Minnesotans and Americans alike the message of health promotion and early intervention. Her father is now a model of her platform, following the steps for a heart healthy lifestyle. In fact, Siri and her father ran a half marathon together last summer.
Siri has treasured her time as a camp counselor with Camp Odayin. “I loved hearing the kids each night talk about their ‘special hearts,’ she said. It blew me away when one of my 10-year-old girls shared about her fear of going into atrial fibrillation at any given moment. But, at Camp Odayin, she expressed that she actually forgot about her condition! I was initially amazed at her extraordinary knowledge of her condition, but even more inspired by her story of staying optimistic and living fully, despite challenges. Needless to say, these kiddos inspire my platform work and advocacy every day. I was extremely honored to be awarded the Camp Odayin Staff Scholarship in 2011 for my work in heart disease prevention and education.”
In addition to her personal service platform, Siri will utilize her role as a Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Hospitals to bring attention to children who are faced with life-threatening illnesses. But for Miss Minnesota 2012, Siri has already been volunteering at Gillette’s Children’s Specialty Healthcare for several years. “My favorite part about going to Gillette’s Children’s Specialty Healthcare is bringing my fellow nursing students at the University of Minnesota with me,” Siri said. It refreshes many a worn-out nursing student’s soul and inspires us as we interact with the population that we may serve one day. One of my favorite memories is a sentiment shared by a volunteer coordinator. She relayed that the last time we came in, we changed one little boy’s entire week. He had been admitted to Gillette’s at the beginning of the week and was really struggling with his disabilities and being in a hospital. His parents shared that he had been extremely difficult, uncooperative, and, perhaps most disheartening, unable to even smile. On the day we came in for activities, the boy had at first been unwilling to come down, but because he thought meeting some nursing students could be interesting he changed his mind. As we worked together on the activity and laughed with him, we never knew what a difference we were making. His parents later told the volunteer coordinator that we had made such a significant impact on him and their family as he had never smiled so much before. They wanted to thank us for taking the time, despite the chaos of nursing school, to brighten their little boy’s entire week.”
Courtesy of Miss America Organization.