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Minnesota State Mankato Student Named Miss North Dakota

Crown qualifies Delanie Wiedrich for Miss America pageant in September.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 6-16-2015

Mankato, Minn. -- Minnesota State University, Mankato sophomore Delanie Wiedrich, a theatre arts major from Hazen, N.D., was crowned Miss North Dakota by the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization on Saturday, June 13 in Williston, N.D.

Wiedrich is now eligible to compete in the Sept. 13 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.

Wiedrich graduated from Hazen High School in Hazen, N.D., in 2014. She began attending Minnesota State Mankato in the fall of 2014.

The Williston Herald published a June 13 news story about Wiedrich's pageant win, and the Mankato Free Press published a June 15 news story on Wiedrich.

According to the Williston Herald, Wiedrich will receive a $17,500 educational scholarship award from the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization for winning the crown.

As part of the pageant in Williston, Wiedrich's talent was Broadway vocal, and she performed the song "Someone Like You," by Adele. Her platform was "Beyond the B Word," which focused on anti-bullying strategies.

At Minnesota State Mankato this past academic year, Wiedrich played the part of Auntie Remus in "Rabbit Tales," a children's theatre touring production primarily for kindergarten through 4th grade students. "Rabbit Tales" was performed by a cast of seven first-year students who toured from mid-January through early March to area elementary schools.

In "Rabbit Tales," children learned about the Golden Rule as well as how to say “I’m sorry.” With the help of Auntie Remus and the Briar Patch Bunch, children learned that their actions affect others.

Children followed the (mis)adventures of Brer Rabbit as he pulled tricks on friends like Brer Fox or the gentle Brer Bear.

Auntie Remus guided the audience through the stories, ultimately showing kids that being a good friend means treating others as you’d want them to treat you, and knowing that sometimes what you think is funny could be seen by someone else as mean.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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