To quote Tracy McCray, 'Our' girl WON! Congratulations! Who is our girl? And what did she win? Our girl is Madeline Van Ert, most recently Miss Olmsted County, now Miss Minnesota! She was crowned last night, and on September 11th, will represent Minnesota at Miss America.

Who is Madeline Van Ert? KTTC first covered her in 2013, when she's started an arts program at Folwell.

Van Ert has worked to set up programs that allow high school students to become more active in community service. Her recent accomplishment involves starting a pilot program at Folwell Elementary School called Fine Arts for Kids that offers lessons in fine arts to children in need.

Very cool.

She was Miss Rochester 2015, and that's when the Post-Bulletin featured Van Ert in "Your Style"

...Van Ert is recognized for starting Fine Arts for Kids, the community service program offering free piano, dance and visual arts lessons to grade school children.

This dedication to community service was taken one step further, outside of Rochester, where she has volunteered in many capacities, when Van Ert traveled to Guatemala, where she taught music in an orphanage.