Mrs. North Dakota International 2018 - Laura Schmidt
Mother, wife, Soldier, volunteer and advocate are just a few titles Laura holds in her every day life and now, Mrs. North Dakota International 2018. She firmly believes in giving back to others through volunteering, advocacy, and kindness, always trying to maintain the mindset that there is always someone out there in our local communities that may be struggling more than you, so lend a hand, give back! Laura is 28 years young and recently moved to Bismarck from Fargo, North Dakota. She is married to her wonderful husband, Kelly of 2.5 years, has a son Bode, 11 months and a 2-year old fur child, Lola.
Laura is not originally from North Dakota, so winters were a little hard to get used to up here! She was born and raised in southeast South Dakota along with her twin brother, Michael and older sister, Carol. After high school Laura went to Arizona State University where she received my Bachelor’s of Science in 2012. During my time at ASU, she was a collegiate member of Arizona State ROTC, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, worked for Sun Devil Athletics and played club sports. Upon graduation from ASU, Laura commissioned into the United States Army as a Military Police Officer and moved to North Dakota to join the North Dakota Army National Guard.
Through her work with the North Dakota Army National Guard, Laura met my husband Kelly (she was his supervisor on the drill weekends). They were not very fond of each other at first to be honest. However, opposites do attract and from six years ago they have come together to create a wonderful little family. Kelly and Laura married in July 2015 with their wedding celebration in October 2015. They had always wanted a family but knew it would be difficult with Laura’s previous health issues. After almost a year of trying for children, they were elated when they found out they were expecting for February 2017. Fast-forward to February 21, 2017 Laura and Kelly welcomed their miracle baby, Bode Douglas Schmidt. People say you experience a different love for your children and it is the best love you can ever feel…they were spot on! Bode is the best thing that has ever happened to them and makes Laura want to be a better person everyday.
Besides being a mother and wife, Laura is a Soldier. She has the honor of being a Captain and serving full-time in the Army National Guard in the best state, North Dakota. Throughout her time serving in the state she has gained not only great professional experiences but also a second family where they are always there for one another. It was through the North Dakota Army National Guard that Laura was able to complete her Master’s in Education in 2015, travel across the world, and meet many people from many walks of life.
Volunteer is another title that she holds that is near and dear to her heart. Laura has been a volunteer for many organizations throughout all the communities she has lived in, but volunteering for Ronald McDonald House Charities has been part of her life for years. She has volunteered at various houses since the age of 11. This wonderful organization provides a home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving medical care. Laura does anything and everything they need of her when she volunteers. This includes baking, cooking, cleaning, laundry, office work, working events and her favorite: getting to know all of the families who are staying at the house. She has had the recent opportunity to take over social media for the Bismarck Ronald McDonald House and write several grants for the houses that are in need of supplies. Laura could not be more honored to have RMHC as her personal platform as Mrs. North Dakota International 2018.
In her free time, she loves to coach. Laura has coached for over eight years and loves to make an impact on our youth, especially you women. She is a fitness junkie, baking queen, and Big Bang Theory lover. Her son is her number one priority and she is soaking up every minute she can with him. He is such a momma’s boy, but she will never complain about that because she knows it will not last forever.
Wrapping everything up has brought Laura to where she is now, your Mrs. North Dakota International 2018. She is excited for the opportunity to represent the greatest state in the Union, promote her personal platform: Ronald McDonald House Charities, promote the International Pageant’s platform: American Heart Association/Go Red For Women, and be a role model in our North Dakota communities.
Mrs. North Dakota International 2018
“There’s no place like home…unless it’s a Ronald McDonald House!”
Photos by Mabelle Photography © 2018. All Rights Reserved.
Video by Michael Bernard at X-Cubed Productions.