Age: 21

Hometown: Rock Island, Illinois

Platform Issue: H.O.P.E. - Suicide Awareness

Talent: Violin Performance

College Major: Journalism and Mass Communication and Critical Cultural Competence

Scholastic Ambition: TV News Reporter or Anchor. I would also love to make a transition from news to lighter journalism and become a talk show host.

Scholastic Honors:  Lapkin Family Scholarship Recipient 2015-2019; Advantage Iowa Scholar 2015-2019; UI Deans List 2017-2018; Phil Currie Scholarship Recipient 2017.

Leadership Roles: Senior Assistant Editor of Love Girls Magazine, (2014-present) semi-nationally published magazine; On Iowa! Leader (2016); On Iowa! Captain (2017); Vice President of Public Relations for Iowa Edge Student Organization (2016-2018), University of Iowa Out Of The Darkness Walk Coordinator, (2017-present)

Accomplishments:  Black Girl Magic Award 2016 ; Started “How About H.O.P.E.”, a suicide awareness campaign; KWQC TV 6 Intern in summer 2017; Released my first EP in October 2017; KWWL News Intern in summer 2018

Interesting Facts: Featured guest on television program “Harry” hosted by Harrick Connick Jr., aired May 4th, 2017; Learning Swahili language; Featured performer at Style Magazine’s New York Fashion Week; Currently binge watching Parks and Recreation

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What is the Miss Iowa competition like?

♦  Interview for 25% of the total points.
♦  Talent
accounts for 30%.
♦  Lifestyle and Fitness
accounts for 10%.
♦  Evening Wear
accounts for 15%.
♦  On-Stage Question accounts for 20%
♦  Each contestant must have a Platform that has relevance in her community or society at large and about which she deeply cares.
♦  A Miss Iowa contestant must be between the ages of 18 and 25 years old.
♦  Miss Iowa wins $10,000+ in cash scholarships!
♦  Email for more information on how YOU can compete today!