Mrs. North Dakota International 2017 - Angelina Yarbrough
Love, faith and community often intertwine in Angelina Yarbrough’s life - she believes in doing whatever she can with whatever she has to make a difference in the world around her. Angelina is 24 years old and lives in Wahpeton, North Dakota with her husband, Jake, and 1-year old Dalmatian, Koda. They have been married for 3 years and plan to have kids sometime in the future.
Angelina is not your typical North Dakotan. She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She danced on her college dance team and professionally for the United Football League. It was in Vegas that she met and married, Jake, an Oklahoma native. They both met in church while volunteering for the youth group.
Shortly after they were married, Jake was offered a position to be a pastor in North Dakota - a place neither of them had been before. They decided to visit on a February weekend, and although the temperatures were colder than they had ever experienced, the people and the community had a way of warming their hearts. They knew this was where they were meant to be. In June of 2014, they packed their things, said goodbye to friends and family, and headed over 1800 miles to their new adventure!
They now serve as the youth and associate pastors of their church and Angelina works part time as an administrative assistant at a manufacturing company. She also teaches dance and volunteers for the local Richland-Wilkin Kinship organization.
Through their position as youth pastors, Jake and Angelina got connected with North Dakota Youth Ministries (NDYM), an organization that invests in the lives of junior high and high school students throughout the state. NDYM hosts several events throughout the year with the purpose of positioning students to discover their God-given purpose. Their mission is “Turning Moments into Movements” because they believe a single moment of positive impact can change lives for the better. NDYM is Angelina’s platform because she believes in the value of investing in the next generation. She believes every person has a responsibility to be a positive influence to youth. When people take moments to invest in youth, those can become movements that will impact generations to come.
Along with her personal platform, Angelina is excited to promote the platform of the International Pageants - Go Red For Women. She looks forward to working with the American Heart Association to bring awareness and education to women’s heart health. Her goal this year is to focus on three things: responsibility, opportunity and impact. This title comes with a huge responsibility to represent the state of North Dakota, her platform, and herself as a married woman of faith. She plans to use this opportunity to make a positive impact to those the title leads her to.
“This title goes beyond the crown and sash, it is a chance to serve others and live for something greater then myself.”
Mrs. North Dakota International 2017
Turning Moments Into Movements
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