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
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