As part of Character+ week at Van-Far Jr./Sr. High School, district students enjoyed a visit from Miss Missouri Shelby Ringdahl on Thursday, January 9.
In her speech to students, she talked to them about the importance of having goals and/or a bucket list.
She said in high school, she was a self-described “tomboy” who enjoyed sports and the arts.
Ringdahl said she didn’t think about pageants until someone in college gave her the suggestion due to her multiple talents.
She added that being Miss Missouri is a full-time job.
She said in the Miss Missouri and America pageants, she spent many hours studying all of the current events to be ready to answer an array of questions.
She added that she worked hard to fulfill the goal of making the Top-12 in the Miss America pageant.
“All of the hard work I put in the past has made it easier now,” she said. “…It’s been an incredible journey because I’ve had a bucket list of things I’ve wanted to accomplish…I’ve had all of these things on this list that have kept me on track.”
She shared stories about the pressure of her position and the negative feedback she constantly has to battle.
Students asked her to sing a song and she obliged with her rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” It can be viewed on our website, www.vandalialeader.com.
She took time to answer some questions from the audience after her presentation.
Ringdahl, who is graduate of Rock Bridge High School from Columbia, Mo., won the Miss Missouri title in 2013. Her platform is “Finding Safety: Helping Abused Children Discover Love Through CASA.”
She is currently a senior at Texas Christian University.
Read the rest of this story in the January 15 issue or by purchasing an electronic edition.