She may not be the pageant type, but Ros is a queen

ALI ROS, who will be a senior this year at Tracy Area High School, has recently been named the 2020 Minnesota Miss Agriculture USA Queen. Ros will compete at the national level next June in Ohio. Photo / Per Peterson

TAHS senior named MN Miss Agriculture USA Queen

By Per Peterson

Many teenagers hide things from their parents. Ali Ros is no different, but her secret was pretty big. And it was a good one.

In clandestine-like fashion, Ros, who will be a senior this fall at Tracy Area High School, applied to become the 2020 Minnesota Miss Agriculture USA Queen. Her secret held up — until she won and broke the good news to her folks.

“It was a surprise for them,” Ros said.

Ros, the daughter of Kraig and Tija VanGelderen, said she was in shock when she found out she was named Minnesota’s Miss Agriculture USA Queen for 2020, and, of course, she wasn’t the only one.

“My parents were in shock, too — they didn’t believe me at first,” she said. “We were on a camping trip in Colorado when we found out. They don’t see me as a pageant-type of girl, so it was a shock to them that I went out for it.”

Miss Agriculture USA is a new nonprofit organization that, besides promoting agriculture, is designed to help students build confidence. It promotes self-esteem, and helps youth develop public speaking skills and with networking.

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