Kansas City Native Wins Miss Teen USA 2017
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Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff beat 51 contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia in Phoenix Symphony Hall, Arizona, to win the title of Miss Teen USA 2017. Along with the coveted title, Dominguez-Heithoff also received a $10,000 scholarship and $5,000 cash reward.
Competing as Miss Missouri, Dominguez-Heithoff impressed both judges and the audience with her poise and beauty. During the Q&A portion of the competition, she explained her efforts lobbying Missouri legislature to pass a law to help adults with developmental disabilities by creating better policies and providing the best care possible.
Inspired by her aunt JoAnne who has Down syndrome, Dominguez-Heithoff conducted over a year’s research on the care available to developmentally disabled adults in Missouri, earning her Girl Scout Gold Award. She graduated a year early from Park Hill South High and created Community and Scholars Cooperatively, an organization inspiring teens to take part in community service projects.
After winning the competition, Dominguez-Heithoff enjoyed a trip to New York and has returned to Missouri. The Kansas City native will be attending the University of Kansas this month and plans to study political science and ethics. She was also featured on the September 2015 cover of 435 Magazine!