Miss Idaho Kylee Solberg is featured in People with a story about being bullied for wearing an eye patch when she was younger. That experience inspired her platform “Our Words Have Power,” which focuses on online bullying and responsible use of social media.
She is in Atlantic City to compete for the Miss America crown. She arrived on Sunday, Aug. 28, for two weeks of rehearsals, media appearances, preliminary competitions and camaraderie with her 51 peers from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
“She’s doing great and having a wonderful time,” says Deidre Edmunds, executive director of the Miss Idaho America program, who is in Atlantic City with Solberg, along with Solberg’s mom and other Miss Idaho board members.
For the preliminary competitions, the women are placed into three groups. Solberg’s group competed in fitness (swimsuit) and evening gown on Tuesday, Sept. 6. A classically trained dancer, she performed her talent — a variation from the ballet “Don Quixote” — on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The on-stage question was Thursday, Sept. 8.
The big night is Sunday, Sept. 11. You can tune in to see how Solberg does at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Solberg, 21, grew up in Coeur d’Alene where she started dancing as a young child. She continued her ballet training in Boise, where she attends Boise State University as a communications major. She took this year off from her education to compete and focus on her Miss Idaho duties and to promote her platform, “Our Words Have Power.”
The platform focuses on battling online bullying, which was inspired by a young girl from Solberg’s hometown who was the target of bullying and her own experience. Solberg created a program, “Common Sense Media,” that teaches responsible use of social media.