She was the first person from Montana to win a major pageant title. Melissa Lingafelt of North Carolina placed first runner-up. Prior to Blair's win in the nationally televised pageant, Montana had been the only state in the competition's year history never to have had a semi-finalist. Houston designer Gaspar Cruz styled Blair's evening gown, hair and makeup. During her reign, Blair made appearances to raise money for charity. Austin High School. She graduated from Billings West High School in , and had planned to attend Louisiana State University , but postponed her commencement of college for her reign.