Local teacher named Miss Wyoming for America

Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 12:55 AM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

A Riverton teacher has been gracefully navigating through the interesting waters of teaching online this school year, but that’s not the only thing that’s different for her lately. She was just crowned Miss Wyoming for America.

When asked how she balances her many roles in life recently, newly crowned Amanda Rodriguez said: ”There’s no formula for it. I really like to be busy, so being a teacher and a mom and still competing and preparing for this, it’s kind of my comfort anyway. And i just have done it my whole life, just stay busy and be active. So it’s not really anything new for me, it’s just a different time in my life and a different area of things going on.”

Although Amanda has been involved in pageants for 10 years with her daughters, last year was Amanda’s first year competing. She was the 1st runner up for Wyoming, and she’s been preparing for a year to win her current title.

She was crowned this year’s Miss America for Wyoming on July 15th in Denver in a socially distanced ceremony. The winners were announced Hollywood-style over a movie at a drive-in theater. Now she is focused on preparing for the competition set for October in Vegas. This time she’ll be competing for the title “Miss for America.”

Amanda stated: “I’m just really preparing for that. It’s a lot of work, but it’s exciting at the same time. It’s just a different level of competition. You’re against 49 other states, and it’ll be exciting.”

Amanda hopes to do more volunteer work and public appearances soon when opportunities arise, but for now her focus for the future of Wyoming is teaching her students to the very best of her ability.

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