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Ladies and gentlemen, meet your new Miss Teen USA.
Out of 51 beautiful contestants, Miss Missouri Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff wowed the judges like nobody else with her brains, talent and beauty Saturday night at the annual beauty pageant held inside
While there were plenty of reasons to celebrate in the final moments of the telecast streamed live online, Sophia and all the finalists went through quite a weekend before a winner was crowned. In fact, Miss Missouri’s toughest task may have come during the Q&A portion.
Last year’s winner Karlie Hay handed over the crown to another well-rounded gal during the popular competition.
The pageant started off with 51 young ladies ages 14-19 competing from all 50 states, including the District of Colombia. However, in tonight’s ceremony—which took place at the Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Ariz.—only the top fifteen went on to compete in the athletic wear category as well as evening gown.
After that, the group was paired down to a mere five. Then, the top five contestants, Miss Oregon Vanessa Matheson, Miss Nevada Alexis Smith, Miss California Jaanu Patel, Miss Indiana Paige Robinson and Miss Missouri joined on-stage for the final interview questions.
Sophia is a 17 years old Kansas City native. She says that she hopes to major in political science and ethics in college. She also dreams of attending law school. In addition to winning Miss Teen USA pageant, the teen will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 cash reward.
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