Miss North Dakota USA
Miss North Dakota USA 2017
Raquel Marie Wellentin was born in 1992 in the Philippines. While in the Philippines, her father, Donald Wellentin, met her mother, Marelina Centeno, while on base with the United States Navy. Raquel is the youngest sibling out of five in her family. When she was just four years old, her father brought Raquel and her siblings to the United States to grow up in the small town of Enderlin, North Dakota. While living in Enderlin, Raquel got her first glance at a Miss North Dakota USA titleholder when the reigning titleholder visited her school in the 5th grade and impacted her life. At age 11, her family moved from Enderlin to Fargo.
While attending Fargo South High School, Raquel played volleyball, basketball, and ran track. During her junior year of basketball, she was recognized as the KVLY MVP player of the game. In her senior year, Raquel experienced the biggest transition in her life. While in volleyball, she was nominated Class-A All-Conference, Class-A All-State, and a candidate for Senior Athlete of the year. Following her success on the volleyball court, she was injured during her basketball season with a torn ACL and meniscus. This was devastating for her, her family, and her teammates. As a competitive athlete, she felt the need to contribute to her team in a positive way. She accepted the role as a positive leader off the court. She helped the Fargo South Bruins win four out of the six consecutive EDC Championship titles.
Raquel is now attending North Dakota State University and is expecting to graduate in the spring of 2017. While attending NDSU, she likes to remain active with club volleyball. She has been the President for the Women’s Club Volleyball team for the past three years. In 2015 at the National Collegiate Volleyball tournament, she was an All-Tournament Volleyball player. While not working hard on the court, Raquel is working on her degree. She was double majoring in Health and Physical Education with a minor of Psychology, but decided to change her major to University Studies, so she can continue to be active as Miss North Dakota USA 2017 during her year of reign. Raquel does plan on getting her teaching degree following her reign because she loves teaching and impacting children’s lives.
Not only is Raquel a full-time college student, but she is also a volleyball coach. She has been coaching at Fargo Davies High School for the past five years. During her years as the sophomore coach, the team won two EDC championship titles and one runner-up championship title. In addition, Raquel serves as an assistant coach for the varsity team.
Raquel is also an advocate for giving back to the community and wants to use her reign to champion this involvement to get people involved in their communities to help their self-esteem and to better their lives. “I am beyond happy for this new journey! I am grateful for this opportunity and I am honored to represent my state at Miss USA,” she says. Raquel has high hopes to be the first North Dakotan to capture the Miss USA crown.