Painfully shy as a child, Tracy talked herself into trying out for the dance team her freshman year at Sussex-Hamilton High School near Milwaukee.
"Tryouts were a week long, and I'm pretty sure I cried every night when I got home," she recalls.
But she made varsity, which buoyed her confidence in a huge way and helped her burst from her shell. An accomplished pianist, she won the 2005 Miss Wisconsin competition and competed in the 2006 Miss America pageant in Las Vegas.
These days, she's married, to Zach, and they live in Kiel with their three young children – Madeline, 3 ½; Owen, 2; and Natalie, born last December.
Tracy, a human resources specialist at Acuity, loves dance. She learned the swing years back in ballroom dance lessons and is currently the proud head coach of the Sheboygan Falls High School dance team and a certified Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches judge. She's also a huge fan of Dancing with the Stars.
As for competing herself, it's been eight years since she took the stage as a Miss America contestant, but her competitive juices still flow strong.
"I am a little nervous," she says with a big smile. "I can't wait to get to work. I am a perfectionist, to the point where my dance partner might think I'm crazy. I'll be saying, 'let's do that step again and again and again. Until we get it right."
TRACY IS SPONSORED BY ACUITY AND HAS CHOSEN SHARON S. RICHARDSON COMMUNITY HOSPICE AS THE RECIPIENT OF 50 PERCENT OF THE PROCEEDS RAISED THROUGH THE PURCHASE OF EXTRA VOTES ON HER BEHALF.
SHE WILL PERFORM A JIVE ROUTINE WITH HER DANCE PARTNER, TONY KARADZHOV.