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July 21st and 22nd


The Accomplishments
Of Today's
Married Women®

Mrs. Florida International®

LauRen Merola-Strager - 3rd Runner-Up - Evening Gown & Fitness Wear Winner

1.When you hear the saying "be the change" what comes to your mind first?
Without a doubt, my career in the male-dominated industry of sports entertainment. Since landing my dream job as an on-air sports media personality, I have really focused on making an impact both on and off "the field." This past year, I was honored to be nominated for three sports Emmy awards for my reporting and writing.

2.How would you describe your husband?
My late father, who was the strongest individual I have ever known. After surviving Polio and the reality that he may never walk again, he persevered and ended up playing High School football. However, his battle did not end there. When I was 18, he was diagnosed with terminal Cancer. Even through the tough times, my fathers spirit was always one of a fighter. He taught me, my greatest life lesson, to never give up, no matter how large the obstacle may seem.

3.If you could revisit one memory as a child in your mind, what would it be and why?
While serving on a USO goodwill tour in Kosovo, a U.S. solider gave me a Military coin which symbolizes gratitude, pride, respect and fellowship, to thank me for being there. I was so humbled by this gift as it was I who was thankful and blessed to be amongst such courageous women and men. I am forever grateful for our men and women that serve to protect our country and freedom and I will cherish the coin forever!

4.How would someone describe you when you were in high school?
Coming from a big Italian family, Sophia Loren was always everyone's favorite Hollywood starlet, that is who I am named after,one of my greatest compliment to date. For short, everyone has called me Ren for as long as I can remember though.

5.If money did not matter.. what would you buy for your husband and why?
Although I love the year round summertime temperatures of the Sunshine State, I do miss the change of seasons and the beautiful Fall foliage. Lets just say I fell for Fall on a recent trip to North Carolina, so much so, my husband and I just bought a second home in Charlotte, NC. Hello Seasons!

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