Mrs. ND International to speak at Sibyl Center’s Ladies Day
Sibyl Center’s annual Ladies Day is scheduled for Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. in Stanley. The day will feature Laura Schmidt, Mrs. North Dakota International 2018. Other highlights of the day will be a coffee bar, door prizes, English tea served in china tea cup collection, and a quilt raffle.
Mother, wife, soldier, volunteer, and advocate are just a few titles Laura Schmidt holds in her everyday life and now, Mrs. North Dakota International.
Though originally from southeast South Dakota, Schmidt has settled in Bismarck with her husband, Kelly, and two-year old son after living in Fargo. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University where she played club sports, worked for Sun Devils Athletics, joined both ROTC, and Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Upon graduation from ASU, Schmidt was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a military police officer and moved to North Dakota to join the North Dakota Army National Guard.
It was through her work with the National Guard that Schmidt met her husband. They were married in July 2015.
Schmidt serves full-time as a captain in the National Guard. The Guard has provided the opportunity to travel around the world, meet people from many walks of life and complete her master’s degree in education. She says she has gained not only great professional experiences but a second family who are always there for each other.
In her free time, Schmidt loves to coach young women. She has done so for more than eight years. She also enjoys baking, fitness activities, and watching the “Big Bang Theory.” However, her son is her number one priority right now and she relishes being a mom to her little boy, Bode.
She firmly believes in giving back to others through volunteering, advocacy, and kindness, keeping the mindset that there are others who may be struggling. Though she’s volunteered for many organizations where she has lived, her favorite is Ronald McDonald House Charities where she has volunteered since she was 11. That organization was her personal platform as Mrs. North Dakota International 2018 where she was first runner up at the International Pageant. She also supports the international pageant’s platform which is the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign.
Schmidt says, “Making a difference doesn’t just happen by chance so I know I must be intentional in my actions. Whether I’m continuing my 18-year relationship serving Ronald McDonald House Charities or simply buying someone a much-needed coffee, I’m on a mission to make a difference every day.”
Tickets are $15 and reservations are suggested as seating is limited. Call Lucy at 650-207-5164 or Linda at 629-1721. For more information about the Mrs. International Pageant, go to www.mrsinternational.com and for more about the Sibyl Center visit www.sibylcenter.org.