Inforum reported that Fargo resident Rosemary Sauvageau was crowned Miss North Dakota on Saturday, making her the first African-American to receive the title. Sauvageau was ready to give up after getting second runner-up in 2010 and first runner-up in 2011. But her mother convinced her to give it one last shot in 2012. Sauvageau, a musician, blew the judges away with her piano rendition of ‘Honey rag’ from the musical ‘Chicago’ and interviewing response. At 24 years old, this is the last year that she could run for Ms North Dakota.

FARGO – And to think, she almost didn’t enter the competition.

Rosemary Sauvageau was ready to throw in the towel after finishing as second runner-up in 2010 and first runner-up in 2011 in the Miss North Dakota pageant. But her mother convinced her to give it one last shot this year.

“And I’m glad she did,” Sauvageau said Sunday, less than 24 hours after being crowned Miss North Dakota in Williston on Saturday night.

The Williston Herald reported that the judges were “blown away” by Sauvageau’s piano playing and on-stage interview.

In that interview, “Rosie” talked about how she plans to market her platform – “Celebrate Diversity: One State, All People” – through music, including performing in concert and for music classes at schools, she said.

“The idea that I have would be to really connect with people through music, which is my connector,” said Sauvageau, who played part of “Hot Honey Rag” from the musical “Chicago” for the judges.

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