Georgia Pageant
June 22-23rd, 2024

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Minnesota Pageant
June 2nd, 2024

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Mrs. Minnesota America 2024
Katina Schroeder

  At the age of 7, Katina Schroeder was entered by her mother into her first pageant and was crowned the 1979 Junior Queen of Spring Lake Park.  Since then, she has had a background of 30 years in pageantry having won both local and state titles.  As a child, she remembers watching the Mrs. Minnesota pageant televised live from the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and dreamed of one day capturing that title.

Katina’s journey through pageantry wasn’t always rhinestones and roses.  She last stepped off of the Mrs. Minnesota stage in 2006 & 2007 which marked her last appearances in pageantry prior to the birth of her daughter.  After her daughter’s arrival in 2009, she found solace in food due to post-partum depression, negative self-image and ignoring the importance of making her health a priority.  These were the negative catalysts that over the years compounded in a diagnosis of obesity at almost 300 pounds. In 2021 with the loving support of her husband, family and friends, she realized she had the strength and power to take back control of her health.  Returning to a diet and exercise regime combined with medical intervention was daunting, but it marked the beginning of a journey to reclaim her life.  Having shed 135 pounds and proudly coming up on 3 years of maintaining, she strives to be a role model for a wholly healthy lifestyle which includes physical activity, good nutrition and therapy to address adverse relationships with food.  She proudly stepped back on to the Mrs. Minnesota stage in 2023 and had the honor of placing 3rd runner-up which reignited her love of pageantry.  Her lifelong dream was realized on Sunday, June 2nd when she was crowned Mrs. Minnesota America 2024 after 4 tries over the course of 18 years.  During her year she would like to share her personal story and how it relates to her platform.

Katina’s platform #KeepHerConfident joins in advocacy with the national body positivity campaign sponsored by Dove and Nike to help keep girls’ in sports with downloadable tools for coaches to promote positive body image in athletes. This platform is personal as her now 14 year old daughter is a competitive swimmer – recognizing that this is a very body conscious sport.  According to Dove’s research, teenage girls drop out of sports due to body image concerns at 2x the rate of boys.  Katina leads by example and wants young athletes to know that she didn’t give up on herself or her health and they shouldn’t give up on themselves either due to body insecurities in the heavily influential age of social media.  In sports environments both on and off the field, adolescent & teenaged girls can often feel exposed and vulnerable to judgment and comparison, not only for what their bodies can and can’t do, but also for how they look.  With childhood obesity rates also on the rise, by keeping girls in sports, this will encourage healthier lifestyles and lessen the risk of obesity and its related illnesses in the future.  Her platform is also poignant given the rise in popularity with women’s sports, especially in an Olympic year, and showcasing positive female athlete role models such as Minnesota’s Olympians gymnast Suni Lee and swimmer Regan Smith.

Katina resides in Burnsville with her husband of 18 years Michael, her daughter Raina and a small zoo consisting of three dogs and two birds.  She enjoys hosting backyard pool parties, accessorizing her neon green Jeep, being a parent volunteer for both of the Prior Lake Girls Swim and Dive team along with the South Metro Storm swim team and reading about women’s history in the Renaissance era.  She holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in English and Literature from Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  For additional information on her platform, please visit www.bodyconfidentsport.com  www.coachingher.com and www.dove.com/us/en/stories/campaigns/confident-sports.html.  Additional platform information can be found at https://tuckercenter.umn.edu or her social media sites on Facebook and Instagram or the Mrs. Minnesota America Facebook and Instagram sites.

Mrs. Minnesota American 2024
Alissa Staloch

For Appearances:  mrs.minnesota2024@gmail.com

Alissa Staloch, formally Mrs. Washington County, was crowned Mrs. Minnesota American 2024 on Sunday, June 2, 2024 at the Eagan Community Center in Eagan, MN.  She was awarded the inaugural Dr. Crutchfield Community Service Award.  Dr. Crutchfield had an unwavering passion for patient wellness as well as Minnesota sports, the future generation of children and service in his community.  Alissa is honored to carry forward his legacy of compassion, dedication, and excellence in her work as Mrs. Minnesota American.

Alissa resides in Afton with her husband, Joe Staloch and their three children.  She was born and raised in Stillwater, MN.

Alissa owns her own business, Midwest Momentum Coaching and is also the Youth Director at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bayport.  She is an ICF accredited Coach, has earned her MBA and BS.  She has a dance background and was a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader from 2010-2014 and represented the organization overseas in London and also on the largest US Military Base in Kuwait for “Operation Enduring Freedom” where she spent a week working with our service members.

Alissa‘s platform is centered around Traumatic Brain Injury and Recovery – partnership with The Ranch, a recovery and retreat center for patients and caregivers.  Alissa has two family members that have recovered from TBIs and she plans to raise awareness about the Minnesota resource for families as a spokesperson and supporter. The TBI Ranch is located at1305 Constitutional Drive, Northfield, Minnesota.  She also volunteers at the Courage Kenny Center in Stillwater with children that have overcome TBI’s.

Alissa will be competing in the National Mrs. America pageant in Las Vegas on August 26, 2024.  She will be competing in Interview, Physical Fitness, State Represented Costume, Evening Gown and Onstage Question. The Mrs. America(n) Pageant is a competition that was established to honor married women throughout the United States of America. The winner goes on to compete in the Mrs. World pageant.

Miss Minnesota for America Strong 2024
Ellie Evenson

Mrs. Georgia America 2024
Ana Christina Rodriguez (Bowers)

Ana Christina Rodriguez Bowers is a current day-time television personality and executive producer for two lifestyle shows in Augusta, GA.
Ana is a former Miss Texas USA and 3rd runner up to Miss USA in 2011. She has appeared in Seventeen Magazine, Teen Vogue and Cosmo in national ad campaigns for international designer Tony Bowls.
She is a graduate and athlete of Concordia University Texas where she majored in Public Relations and was named Communications Student of the year.
She is also the founder of an online platform, Live & Give, where she designs products to help encourage others. This allows her to then sponsor family photo shoots for Moms who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Ana enjoys spending her free time with her family, volunteering with her church, and giving back to her community. She resides in  Augusta, Georgia as the current Mrs. Georgia America with her husband Ryan and 3 children

Mrs. Georgia American 2024
Caroline Kiernan

Miss Georgia for America Strong 2024
Britni Joy Matila