November 28, 2011
Andrea Rogers of Martinsburg was named Miss West Virginia USA in October.
A 2009 marketing graduate who is enrolled in the School of Journalism's Integrated Marketing Communications master's degree program, Rogers will represent West Virginia in the Miss USA 2012 Pageant, which will be held in June.
She was crowned during a competition of 20 contestants in Flatwoods.
Rogers is the daughter of Kenda and Jim Rogers of Martinsburg. She is a special education and reading teacher with Berkeley County Schools.
Rogers was a dance minor during her undergraduate years. She hopes to pursue a career in educational sales and marketing.
She received a Presidential Scholarship to the University of the Arts and was National Honor Society vice president in 2005. She is involved in autism awareness and has worked with children with the disorder for the past two years.
Rogers competed in her first pageant only seven months ago. She said it was "on a whim." "Within 48 hours I pulled out an old prom dress, quickly found a swimsuit at the local mall, gathered a few other things from my closet, and choreographed a contemporary jazz dance for the talent portion of the competition," she said.
She was surprised when she won her local title with the opportunity to compete in the Miss West Virginia in July.
"I can now say that ever since that day in late October, when I was crowned Miss West Virginia USA 2012, my life will never be the same. I have found from my personal experiences that pageants are an amazing opportunity to create friendships as well as networking opportunities throughout our beautiful state. Pageants empower young women throughout our country and to me are a very rewarding and enjoyable experience," she commented.
Rogers said her time at the College of Business and Economics has helped her with critical thinking skills and working in groups. "Not only have these skills been helpful in the occupational setting, but I've also been able to apply what I've learned in my daily encounters. The College of Business and Economics also provided me with great life lessons and opportunities such as attending career fairs and the opportunity to study abroad."
Her professional development course was her favorite at B&E, and she enjoyed taking part in the General Electric Mock Interview Competition. "It really did help to prepare me for later in life," she said. "The skills I learned in that class were very beneficial when competing in Miss West Virginia USA."
Her favorite professors were Drs. Michael Walsh and Graham Peace. Brian Chang, her academic advisor "had a great impact on my experience at WVU."
"He went above and beyond to make sure that I was on the right track to succeed," she said.