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Angie McDermott, an Austin, Minnesota native is competing in the Miss America Pageant. A member of the UMD class of 2007, McDermott earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication as well as a minor in international studies.
McDermott’s platform, entitled, “Higher Education: Journey to Your Dreams,” encourages students to start thinking about college at a young age. Her collaboration with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the Get Ready! Program helps send the message to students, particularly those at risk of not pursuing college or technical programs.
McDermott revisited UMD in October as Miss Minnesota. In her online blog, McDermott said, “It was good to be back in the communication hallway and back at UMD.” McDermott is grateful that her position as Miss Minnesota allows her, “to not only visit new places around Minnesota but also to visit places that I know and love!”
The Miss America Pageant is a well-known competition which awards scholarships to young women from the United States. The crowned contestant will receive a scholarship valued at about $50,000. McDermott is singing for her talent, which she says is the easiest part of competing. Former Miss Twin Cities, McDermott wants to pursue a career in public relations or event planning. Beyond pageants, McDermott loves sailing, camping, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing.
This is the first year viewers will be able to vote via text messaging for four of the contestants. The text messages will let the winners advance to the top 15 at the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. The last Minnesotan to win Miss America was Gretchen Carlson of Anoka in 1989.
The Miss America Pageant airs January 24th on the TLC Channel. For more information on Angie McDermott and her journey to Miss America, visit http://missminnesota.org.¨
Written by Ann Lichtenberg
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