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Miss North Dakota candidate

Posted by on June 21, 2012

Wanted to give a shout out to one of our Community Based Mentors, who competed in Miss North Dakota this month!

-Laura H.


Third time’s the charm: Miss North Dakota looks forward to reign

Jackson Bolstad | Williston Herald

Dance the night away

Miss North Dakota candidates and former Miss North Dakota’s Annette Olson-Bohnsack and Ariana Walker sing “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” at this year’s Miss North Dakota pageant.

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:15 pm | Updated: 12:30 pm, Wed Jun 13, 2012.

By Jackson Bolstad and Katie Pizza Williston Herald

After competing in the Miss North Dakota pageant three times, Miss Fort Abercrombie Rosemary Sauvageau will reign as the 2012 Miss North Dakota.

“My mom was really like, ‘you should just try (competing in the pageant) one more time,” Sauvageau said. “Then you can age out.”

Contestants can no longer compete in the scholarship pageants after age 24.

Sauvageau, a resident of Fargo, takes over for Miss North Dakota 2011 Ariana Walker.

“I was so emotional,” Sauvageau said of the moment she was crowned. “I was so overwhelmed because this was my third time going back competing and my last year, like I said. I knew that I did the best that I could to be a great Miss North Dakota but I was hoping that the judges would see that too. So I was just overwhelmed that they did.”

Sauvageau said she hopes to reach across the state of North Dakota this coming year, and promote her platform, Celebrate Diversity: One State, All People. Sauvageau’s platform has become part of her life. She participates in the Community Equality group, created ‘Bridge the Gap: Discussion about Racism and Diversity, and facilitated for YWCA’s Stand Against Racism.

Sauvageau received her Bachelor of Arts in Apparel Design and Communications with Theatre Art at Concordia College. She hope to obtain a master’s in Musical Theatre Writing and to become a successful musician/composer.

At Concordia College, Sauvageau leads orientation, works on the homecoming committee, works as a Concordia College ambassador, and is president of the Catholic Cobbers. She has won many awards for her accomplishments including, 1st runner up Miss North Dakota 2011, YWCA Woman of the Year nominee, this year’s Miss North Jean Stuteville Memorial Nu group interview scholarship, and received the preliminary high score talent for the Nu group, also at this year’s pageant.

A gifted pianist, Sauvageau learned to play the piano by ear at age 2. Inspired by The Lawrence Welk Show, Sauvageau learned to also play the accordion. For this year’s talent competition, Sauvageau played ‘Hot Honey Rag,’ a difficult piano selection from the Broadway production Chicago. Sauvageau has worked as the North Dakota State University musical theatre piano accompanist and as a freelance accompanist. Sauvageau is finishing writing a musical.

Judges for this year’s competition saw a variety of candidates from all across the state, with each candidate bringing her own uniqueness to the pageant. Miss Northern Lights Kacie Chatwood impressed the judges, earning the preliminary and non-finalist high score talent for the Delta group, with her piano playing of “Sonata in C minor,” Non-finalist high score talent for the Nu group went to Carlie Meehan.

For the swimsuit competition, Kinsi Olson and Laura Harmon won preliminary high score for the Nu group. Stephanie Erickson won the swimsuit competition for the Delta group. In the interview competition, Julia Wold received the award for best non-finalist interview. Kacie Chatwood also won the non-finalist high score in the evening wear competition. Kate Wilson received the title of Miss Photogenic, while the people’s choice award went to Cassandra Ridle. Candidates voted Becca Lebak as Miss Congeniality 2012.

Saturday morning, June 9, candidates were awarded scholarships including, the Vicki Finders Memorial Education Scholarship going to Serena Christianson; The Karen Victoria Kopseng Medical Scholarship to Kacie Chatwood; Miss America State Academic Award awarded to Serena Christianson; The Katie Jo Gussiaas Memorial High School Scholar Award ]to Julia Wold. Kinsi Olson received the All Seasons Sport About Outstanding Athlete Award. First place in the Community Service Project Award went to Stephanie Erickson. The Rich Holm Memorial Community Service award went to both Stephanie Erickson and Sophie Miller. Serena Buskness and Marina Kalis both won the Miss North Dakota Youth Pageant Recognition award. Kinsi Olson received the Promotion award. Each contestant also received a Youth Education on Stage award.

The night of the pageants final round, Meagan McDougall received the Jean Stuteville Memorial Delta group interview scholarship. The Jane Grey Stewart Memorial Production Scholarship went to Courtney Kramer. Laura Harmon received the McGinley Outstanding Vocal Performance award, while Kacie Chatwood received the Jones-Hendrickson Outstanding Instrumental Performance Award. Target Logistics awarded each candidate a $125 scholarship. Serena Buskness received the Children’s Miracle Network Award for the most money raised.

Candidates for Saturday nights final round were judged on their evening wear, talent, swimsuit display, and onstage interview. Judges narrowed down the field to five contestants before finally naming Rosemary Sauvageau as Miss North Dakota 2012. Miss Empire Stephanie Erickson placed as fourth runner up, Miss Eastern Dakota Laura Harmon received third runner up, Miss Badlands Meagan McDougall placed as second runner up, and Miss Oil Country Becca Lebak earned first runner up.

Miss North Dakota 2012 will journey to the Miss America pageant 2013 in Nevada.

During her reign, Sauvageau hopes to promote her campaign and plans to continue her education at Concordia College.

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