Kashmir Mercer of Cloquet, daughter of Jeanette and Joel Carlson, has earned the opportunity to attend the National All-American Miss Queen competition through her successfully scored events in talent, casual wear, runway model, acting, screen test and Spirit of America. She competed in the Junior Teen age group.

Mercer qualified for the national pageant through the state competition in Wisconsin Dells in August. The national competition will be during Thanksgiving week at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

Mercer, a freshman at Cloquet High School and representing Minnesota, will have the opportunity to win her share of more than $500,000 in cash prizes.

The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America's greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the National American Miss pageants award $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide. National American Miss has added the ultimate door prize to Nationals 2017 - each girl who qualifies for the national pageant has a chance to win a new 2017 Ford Mustang convertible.

National American Miss is dedicated to developing the success of young women across the nation with a program that is designed to be age-appropriate and family-oriented. Pageants are held in each state for girls ages 4-18 in five different age divisions.

Mercer's additional activities include competitive swimming, competitive dance, track, and acrobatics and tumbling. She was awarded the President's Education Award as an eighth-grader as well as the Me to We Award at Cloquet Middle School. She is also a member of Job's Daughters International.