Miss North Dakota Reigns From Concordia

Last summer, Rosie Sauvageau ’10 was still pretty new to the pageant scene. In fact, she had competed in her very first pageant just two years prior.

“I have a really good friend who was always bugging me to do pageants,” she says. “And I was like, ‘no, that’s totally your thing, and that’s great, but I can’t walk in heels.’”

Then Sauvageau learned that the Miss America Organization awards scholarship money to pageant participants and winners. This changed her tune a little bit.

“I do want to go to grad school, so I started looking at it from that standpoint,” she says. “My main reason at that time was scholarship money. And that’s a great reason to compete, and definitely a driving force.”

Sauvageau competed in Miss North Dakota twice before this year, finishing as first- and second-runner-up.

But “third time’s a charm,” she says, and in June 2012 Sauvageau was crowned Miss North Dakota and will compete in the Miss America pageant this weekend. And if you look at her crowning picture closely, you can see the glimmer of her Cobber ring, proudly displayed on her right hand.

Sauvageau’s platform is “Celebrate Diversity: One Nation, All People.” Regardless of the outcome at Miss America, she will spend the next year traveling, sharing her personal story of diversity and preaching respect for all people. Sauvageau, a singer-songwriter and pianist, hopes to achieve that through music.

“I think that people’s diverse stories are so interesting and fascinating,” she says. “Being a responsibly engaged person is something I strive to be. … So that all ties back to Concordia because it is something that I learned here.”

Although she wasn’t a music major, music played an influential role in Sauvageau’s college experience. She sang in a few ensembles, took lessons on cello and piano and participated in open mic nights, student-produced CDs and talent shows.

“Really, I don’t think I would be here, and be in this position and be as interested in these things, had I not gone to Concordia,” she says.

On Thursday, Jan. 10, Sauvageau was named preliminary talent winner for her performance of Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love.” She will receive a $2,000 Amway scholarship.

Tune into WDAY tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 12, to see her in the nationally broadcast Miss America pageant. And yes, she plans to wear her Cobber ring.

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