Pocatello native Nina Forest ranks in Miss America’s top 10

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Listen to KID NewsRadio’s full interview with Miss Idaho 2018, Nina Forest

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Pocatello-native Nina Forest, stood in the top 10 during the Miss America pageant on Sunday, September 9.

“It’s still so unbelievable that I competed on the Miss America Stage,” Nina Forest, a native of Pocatello and Miss Idaho 2018 told KID NewsRadio. “I was there for two weeks with 50 other incredible women and we competed in onstage interview, evening wear, talent and then a final onstage question and since I made the top 10, I was able to compete in onstage interview, evening wear and talent.”

Nina Forest, a Pocatello native, said she enjoyed sharing her passion for piano to a national stage and also explaining how her decision to minor in Chinese at UC Davis in California. But, the Forest also added she enjoyed some of the changes to the pageant, including the decision to remove the swimsuit portion of the competition.

“Honestly, it was such a relief not to have to wear a swimsuit on national television,” Forest said. “It’s really just a relief knowing that you’re not judged on your physical appearance and not to have to focus so much on that aspect when it comes to preparation because being Miss Idaho and being Miss America, it’s really a job, you know, you need to be able to speak well and perform well, and it’s just nice to not have to be judged on your physical appearance.”

Forest said the experience at Miss America and her continued work as Miss Idaho combating childhood hunger in the state, is a fitting final chapter in her pageant career as she prepares to graduate and begin law school.

” I think I’m ready to put down the high heels and the dress after my year of service and get back to school and prepare for law school,” Forest said. “I’ve got the rest of the year to really serve and represent Idaho. That’s my number one priority as Miss Idaho and, incredibly excited to start working on my social impact initiative, which is Leave Childhood Hunger Behind and work on implementing food recovery programs in public schools across Idaho.”