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Alexandra Place crowned Miss of Iowa 2017
Alexandra Place, the 22-year-old daughter of Mike and Leana Place of Denver and sister of Annie Place, was crowned Miss of Iowa 2017. Young ladies, ages 7–24, are eligible to participate in the program which culminates with a national competition this coming November in Orlando, Florida.

Alex is a graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa obtaining her master’s degree in biology. She recently graduated Cornell College with a biochemistry and molecular biology major and a minor in kinesiology. She was a four-year starter for the Cornell women's soccer team and two-year captain.

Alex competed in this pageant when she was in high school in 2012 and was named Miss Teen of Iowa.

“This is the first time this pageant system is doing an older age group, and I'm honored to be representing the state of Iowa,” she said.

The week of October 7-14, Alex is the celebrity at The Sweet Spot in Denver and a portion of the sales of a special new sundae will go towards funding her pageant expenses. She will be making an appearance Saturday, October 14, from 6-8 pm at The Sweet Spot to take pictures with customers who buy the special Miss of Iowa Sundae!

On Wednesday, October 18, all day at Buffalo Wild Wings in Cedar Falls, if you mention her name to the waiter or waitress she will get 10% of the sales towards fundraising for the national pageant.

As Miss of Iowa 2017, Place will serve as an inclusion ambassador for American Pageants’ charitable campaign; Special Olympics’ Spread the Word to End the Word. As a titleholder in the American Pageants Organization, she will have the opportunity to compete for the national title of Miss of America 2018 and over $30,000 in scholarships, cash, travel and prizes in Orlando, Florida in November 2017.

The candidates vying for the title of Miss of America compete in six categories of judging: scholastic and professional accomplishments, service and achievement, personal development, personality poise and projection in evening wear, a general awareness test and interview. President Sunny Hill said, “This pageant is not a beauty pageant, with sixty percent of our judging completed prior to the judges even seeing the young women. The American Pageants Organization highlights achievement and promotes confidence in the leaders of tomorrow.”

If anyone would like to book Alex for an event, to volunteer, or give a speech, contact her directly at placea@uni.edu.
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