Local Teen Crowned Miss Idaho Teen USA

Twin Falls


By Rachael Giffoni

A local Twin Falls girl achieved more than she imagined when she ran for Miss Idaho Teen USA last Saturday.

Hosanna Kabakoro, 17, took home the crown. Her co-contestants voted her Miss Congeniality, and she also won Most Photogenic. She says she is thrilled to represent the Magic Valley. She won a $45,000 scholarship, cash and prizes. This was also her first time ever competing in a pageant, and it took her well over a year to prepare.

Kabakoro said, "Just exercising, eating right, practicing for interviews with a lot of people, everybody was sick of me asking them to ask me questions for a year and a half. The Miss Magic Valley organization helped me out a lot, too."

Kabakoro’s friend, who won Miss Idaho USA, says family has been her foundation.

Miss Idaho USA Jessca Hellwinkel said, "They really helped me out a lot by helping me find the kind of person I am, and taking that to the pageant, and - still being that really down-home girl who knows what she wants and believes in, and not by what is influenced around her."

Miss Idaho USA is competing in the Miss USA competition, held in April.
And Miss Idaho Teen USA will be competing in the Miss Teen USA competition in the summer.

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