Judges chose Rachel Latuff on Saturday as Minnesota’s delegate to the Miss America Pageant. At the time of her crowning, she was the reigning Miss Olmsted County. The new Miss Minnesota is a high school visual arts teacher at North Woods, according to her blog. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in art education in 2013 from the University of Minnesota at Duluth. She served as president of the Art Education Club, interned at the Tweed Museum of Art, and taught in Slovenia. She formerly taught at Osseo Senior High School and North View Junior High School.
Prior to her reign as Miss Olmsted County, she was Miss Saint Paul 2014 and Miss Midwest 2012. If she is crowned Miss America, she will become the fourth Minnesota contestant to wear the national crown. The first three were Miss Minnesota 1988 Gretchen Carlson, Miss Minnesota 1976 Dorothy Benham, and Miss Minnesota 1948 BeBe Shopp. The most-recent top-five finisher from Minnesota is Miss Minnesota 2013 Rebecca Yeh, who was fourth runner-up at the Miss America Pageant.
The pageant awards scholarships to winners and other contestants. Like the Miss America Organization, the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant partners with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to raise money and help bring awareness to children’s hospitals throughout the United States. Contestants in Miss America-sponsored pageants are expected to raise a minimum of $100 in donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Miss America Scholarship Fund. Miss America is the official goodwill ambassador for the hospital network.