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Miss North Dakota pays holiday visit
to Children’s Hospital

If Evan felt any anxiety about his special visitor, it quickly vanished.

As soon as Miss North Dakota Ariana Walker crouched down to Evan’s eye level, the young patient at Medcenter One Children’s Hospital started opening up and answering all her questions.

In no time, Walker learned that Evan’s favorite cartoon is “Scooby Doo,” he has lost seven teeth—though replacements aren’t on his Christmas wish list—and he has a pet Guinea pig named Piglet.

“Sometimes they’re shy at first,” Walker said of children, “but once you break the ice, they start to open up.”

  Miss ND
Evan hit it off with his special visitor, Miss North Dakota Ariana Walker.

Even with her preparations for the upcoming Miss America pageant reaching high gear, Walker took time to pay a holiday visit to children Thursday, Dec. 22, at Medcenter One Children’s Hospital.

After their wide-ranging conversation, Walker left a smiling Evan with a personalized signed photo and a hug. As soon as Walker was out of the room, Evan turned to his mother and gave her a high five.

“It’s always important to keep in mind the impact you can have,” said Walker, who was crowned Miss North Dakota in June. “To have a small part in people’s lives also is important.”

Walker will leave Tuesday, Jan. 3, for the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas, and the preliminary competition begins Tuesday, Jan. 10. The finals will air live on ABC starting 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.

For more on the pageant, click here.

To view more pictures from Miss ND's visit to the Children's Hospital, click here.

Click here to take a photo tour and to learn more about the Medcenter One Children's Hospital.

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