If I ever won a pageant crown, I’d wear it all the time. I'd justify it by pretending the crown is needed in my day-to-day activities.
“Oh, this? It’s my dusting crown."
Amy Dunnweber is a little less quirky than I am, though, and she keeps her crown on the dresser in her bedroom. The Century High School graduate recently won the Miss North Star 2012 pageant after two days of being judged in three rounds: evening gown/poise, introduction and the interview process.
Dunnweber was part of the American Coed division, competing in a group of 19- to 22-year-olds from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. Though she is no stranger to being in front of a group of people — she started modeling at age 18 — this was Dunnweber’s first pageant.
“What I like about the Miss North Star pageant is it’s very wholesome," says Dunnweber, who considers herself to be a conservative model. "It’s nice to see morals and values are still important in the pageant world.”
Dunnweber also likes that the girls are encouraged to volunteer; she's hoping to work with Rochester's RNeighbors throughout her reign.
Dunnweber is now eligible for the national Miss America Coed pageants held at Walt Disney World in Florida this November. As reigning Miss North Star, she also gets to visit another state to help the girls there prepare for their pageant, and will soon be heading to New York to work with those girls.
Dunnweber's goal for the national pageant is to gain some experience and then next year, try for the title of Miss Minneapolis/St. Paul. If she wins, Dunnweber plans to compete for Miss Minnesota.
Wrestling champ has Olympic goals
A few weeks ago, Hayfield native Nick Severson finished second in a Greco-Roman wrestling tournament at the final U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier at the University of Northern Iowa. From here, he will compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials on April 21-22 in Iowa City, Iowa.
Severson is a 1996 graduate of Hayfield High School. While in high school, he was a state wrestling champion, before moving on to become a two-time Division II champion in college at North Dakota State University, winning heavyweight titles in 2001 and 2002.
After an eight-year break, the 34-year-old father of three — and general contractor by day — has only recently started wrestling again. Since October, he says he has “only competed in six to eight tournaments so far, but I’ve been working hard and gaining confidence these last few months."
At the upcoming trials, Severson will compete in the 120-kilogram (264-pound) weight class. He will be among the best in the country, including eight-time U.S. Champion Dremiel Byers and 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist — and 2011 Biggest Loser contestant — Rulon Gardner. Good luck, Nick!