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ROTC cadet named Miss Rhode Island

Published: Friday, October 22, 2004

Updated: Monday, February 28, 2011 18:02

10/22/04 - Hard work and dedication are two words Allison Paganetti seems to live by.Paganetti is a University of Rhode Island junior studying physical education and exercise science. Her extracurricular activities include the title of Miss Rhode Island U.S.A., preparations for the Miss U.S.A. pageant and fulfilling her duties as a cadet in ROTC.

"It's a little complicated," she said. "My biggest obstacle is managing my time."

The 20-year-old North Kingstown native has been competing in pageants for several years, and recently her dedication has paid off. In the past year she has not only held the title of Miss Rhode Island, but she was also the winner of Miss U.S. Model in 2003.

"I dreamt of being in a pageant since age six, but I didn't start until I was 12," she said.

The Miss Rhode Island title means that Paganetti is in the running to be crowned Miss USA in 2005. In order to prepare for that competition she must fulfill her obligations as Miss Rhode Island, and provide charity and publicity for Rhode Island organizations.

"It was my last go at it," Paganetti said. "So luckily everything worked out."

Paganetti planned the 2004 Miss Rhode Island pageant to be her last competition, simply because she will be activated in the U.S. Army within the next two years.

Despite the demanding schedule and time constraints of Miss Rhode Island, Paganetti embraces her challenges from ROTC with open arms. She considers her abundance of responsibilities as an experience that will help her in the future.

"I went in to ROTC because it has a profound reputation for enhancing management and leadership skills," she said.

The juggling act is something Paganetti admits is sometimes a little too much to handle. However, she says a constant stream of support from her superiors in ROTC help her get through the tough times.

Paganetti's enthusiasm for ROTC stems from her familial legacy in the armed forces. Both of her grandfathers served in the armed forces.

"I get to follow in their footsteps," she said.

The upcoming demands of ROTC and the Miss U.S.A. pageant are something Paganetti will handle one at a time. She is not sure if she will win, but she knows she gave it her best, no matter what happens.

"I never go in feeling like I'm gonna win," she said. "But I am always confident.

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