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Miss Montana 2018 was crowned Saturday night. The 22-year-old from Helena won over the judges with her highly skilled dance routine. But if it wasn't for a chance encounter, she would never have even sashayed across the stage.  

New queen Laura Haller owes her crowning glory to a chance meeting on a cruise ship.
The 24-year-old spent the past several months at sea performing dance routines for Viking Ocean Cruises.


A passenger who just happened to be associated with the pageant convinced the Montana native to take her talents to the scholarship program's stage.


She'd never competed in a pageant until this weekend's competition in Glendive.


Now, she'll represent the treasure state at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City this September.

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