Miss Minnesota USA
Miss Minnesota USA 2017
Born and raised in South Eastern South Dakota, Meridith and her three sisters grew up on a small acreage and in a one hundred and thirty year-old Victorian home – a lifestyle that taught her the value of hard work and a love for everything historical. Her family puts a strong emphasis on the fine arts and extracurricular activities, so while in school, she played the alto saxophone for eleven years, an activity that eventually earned her the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence, and was a four year All State Choir delegate.
The majority of her athletic experience comes from her seventeen years of dance training in modern, jazz, lyrical, and classical Cecchetti Ballet – which is Italian ballet with French theory. She has passed several exams to earn her current training level in Cecchetti and is a proud Cecchetti Council of America cardholder. She has been able to utilize her lifelong lessons in this art to secure multiple modeling contracts.
Meridith is a previous nationally ranked public forum debater with the National Forensics League, which is the world’s largest academic competition. She is proud to have started her own financial literacy program, “F.I.R.M. Foundations: Financial Integrity and Responsibility Mentorship,” that is dedicated to making financial literacy an educational focus across the region, and her message has reached over 10,000 students to date. She is currently pursuing her degree in apparel retail merchandising from the University of Minnesota, and dreams of becoming an apparel buyer for a lifestyle retailer and eventually, a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur.