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Local couple vies for free engagement ring

Article Published: Nov. 24, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Local couple vies for free engagement ring

Addison Miller and Nikki Roberti may be the sappiest couple you'll ever meet.

"We've had people say... if we don't get married, then they will just give up on marriage," Miller laughed.

Miller's the kind of guy that can't say enough good things about his girlfriend.

"She's - wow, she's amazing," he said.

It's something they have in common.

"He's perfect," she said.

Through internships, distance and college stresses, they've been together for almost three years and, earlier this year, Miller, a computer science major, broached the subject of proposal.

"Of course I'll say yes," Roberti said.

Like all college students, the ASU seniors have a few financial difficulties, and that might put off the big day. That's when Roberti found out about the Simon G. Jewelry engagement competition for a free ring, it had to be fate.

"I had a class assignment, was told to find a magazine ad and analyze it," Roberti, a journalism major, said.

A fan of Simon G.'s ads (and a woman with 20 magazine subscriptions), Roberti went to Simon G.'s website and learned about the competition.

"I was like, oh, this is fate, because just the other day Addison was talking about how we were getting engaged soon," she said.

A month later and they're in the final three. The three couples have until the end of November to campaign for online votes. The winner gets their dream ring.

No matter what happens, Miller, a native of Ash, says he's proposing.

"Without a question," he said. "It might take a little extra time. I guess that's another reason we want to win this. We want to do this as soon as possible. She says she'd say yes if I had a ring out of a Cracker Jack box, but I don't want to do that. She deserves the best."

If they don't win? They've got a backup plan.

"He has a ring jar in his room, and I have a wedding jar in mine, and we save our loose change and joke about it," Roberti, a native of Melbourne, Fla., said.

Not getting married? It's not an option.

"She's everything I could need and want, and I feel like I'm the luckiest person ever," Miller said.

The pair met at Appalachian State University's game room and started a friendship that would turn into true love.

"I'm really loud and extroverted... and he's more quiet and reserved so he really helps calm me down when I need to calm down ... and he lets me push him when he needs to be more social," she said. "He's really a great balance for me."

Their families and friends have already helped them campaign, and they're hoping the High Country will jump on the voting bandwagon.

Voters can go to to help support the couple. For more information on Roberti and Miller, check out Roberti's blog at

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