Mrs. Minnesota America 2024- Katina Schroeder

By June 14, 2024 Queens

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 2007 which marked her last appearance 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 over 120 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 has reignited her love of pageantry and a passion
to share her story and 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 and showcasing
positive female athlete role models such as Minnesota Olympic gymnast Suni Lee, WNBA player Caitlyn
Clark and Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky.

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 and www.dove.com/us/en/stories/campaigns/confident-sports.html or
her social media sites on Facebook and Instagram. She currently has the honor of holding the title of
Mrs. Dakota County and will be competing for the title of Mrs. Minnesota America 2024 on June 2 nd at
the Eagan Community Center. For ticket information, please visit www.mrsminnesotaamerica.com.

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