Miss SC Ali Rogers One-on-One Interview


By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- Laurens native Ali Rogers says she is not a pageant girl. But, she has served as Miss. South Carolina for six months now and in that time she's traveled the state speaking with groups of all ages. She's represented South Carolina on the national level... and even told the world she has 3 chickens.

"They wanted these fun facts," says Ali Rogers, Miss. South Carolina

For Rogers that fact was, she has 3 chickens all with names.

From the start of the Miss. America pageant, that aired on ABC Columbia last Saturday, Ali took the stage in front of millions with confidence.

"I had this really settling feeling that everything was going to workout they way it was supposed to," says Rogers.

In fact she says, the night was so busy she barely had any time to be nervous. Until the end, when the crown winner was down to her or Miss. New York.

"It's the fastest, slowest seconds of your life," says Rogers.

Ali won runner-up, but she didn't leave Vegas empty handed.

Earlier in the week, she won an award for Lifestyle and Fitness.

"I'm not a pageant girl, I played softball since I was 5, and I like showing that someone who used to be an athlete is showing what I worked for not for 6 months, but my whole life," says Rogers.

Ali says the secret to a good work out is to mix it up between cardio, weights and fun.

"Throw in zumba, throw in kickboxing," says Rogers.

Rogers says her most favorite accomplishment in the Miss. America pageant was the award she won for raising the most money for the Children's Miracle Network.

As for the future, Ali Rogers says she still doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up. But for now, she will serve as Miss. South Carolina and then return to school at Clemson University where she can put the $62,000 in scholarship money from the Miss. America Organization to use.

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