Concordia Grad Crowed Miss Texas USA


Concordia University

Texas 2009 graduate Ana Rodriguez was crowned Miss Texas USA



The ceremony was held

September 5 and Rodriguez will compete in the Miss USA 2011 pageant

this Spring.


During her time at

Concordia, Rodriguez played volleyball and was named Concordia

University Texas’ Communication Student of the Year in 2009. She is

teaches preschool in Austin.


“We are so proud of Ana,”

said Dr. Tom Cedel, president of Concordia. “She is an extremely

gifted student, athlete and leader, and she will represent both the

state of Texas and our university well.” 


Rodriguez enjoyed her

time at Concordia saying the atmosphere is positive, the people

amazing and the education  worth it.


“Concordia’s mission is

to develop Christian leaders and it is something the university

truly lives up to,” Rodriguez said.


She has overcome multiple

challenges in her life, one of the hardest being when she lost her

mother to ovarian cancer in 2004. 


“Everything happens for a

reason,” Rodriguez said. “Everything in my life has had a special

purpose, from the decisions I’ve made about life and how I’ve lived

it, to things I’ve had absolutely no control over. These

experiences have shaped who I’ve become, tested my faith, and have

motivated me to better my relationship with God. I’m a young woman

who is determined to succeed and Concordia supported me 100



Rodriguez has a special

interest in helping underprivileged children to obtain the

resources and attention they need in order to get a good start in