Sophia graduated from high school a year early this past spring to start her undergraduate studies next fall at the University of Kansas. With an interest for justice, the Kansas City native plans to attend law school and pursue a degree in Political Science and Ethics. Sophia created Community and Scholars Cooperatively (CASC), an organization focused on making community service opportunities fun and easy for teenagers. Growing up with a family member who has Down syndrome, Sophia dedicated her time to Best Buddies, The Down Syndrome Guild, and Vocational Services, Inc., among other organizations. Sophia’s advocacy for those who are disabled led her to work alongside Missouri state legislators to create policies that provide them with the best quality care. In recognition of her efforts, Sophia was awarded the Gold Award, the highest achievement within Girl Scouts of the USA.
Heidi Powell and Erin Lim hosted the competition with a special performance by Jorge Blanco. Judges Divya Gugnani, Kalani Hilliker, K. Lee Graham, Tamaya Petteway, and Syleste Rodriguez selected Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff from a group of ambitious and accomplished young women representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Contestants competed in three categories: active wear, evening gown and interview. Miss Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay from Texas crowned the winner.
First Runner-Up: Miss Oregon Teen USA Vanessa Matheson
Second Runner-Up: Miss Nevada Teen USA Alexis Smith
Third Runner-Up: Miss Indiana Teen USA Paige Robinson
Fourth Runner-Up: Miss California Teen USA Jaanu Patel
Top Five: Miss Oregon Teen USA Vanessa Matheson; Miss Nevada Teen USA Alexis Smith; Miss California Teen USA Jaanu Patel; Miss Indiana Teen USA Paige Robinson; Miss Missouri Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff
Top Fifteen: Miss Texas Teen USA Kirby Lindley; Miss Maryland Teen USA Taylor Spruill; Miss West Virginia Teen USA Olivia Hutchison; Miss Oklahoma Teen USA Baylee Ogle; Miss Nevada Teen USA Alexis Smith; Miss Missouri Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff; Miss Utah Teen USA Rachel Bell; Miss Wyoming Teen USA Autumn Schieferstein; Miss New York Teen USA Isabella Griffith; Miss Iowa Teen USA Carley Arnold; Miss Oregon Teen USA Vanessa Matheson; Miss Indiana Teen USA Paige Robinson; Miss Vermont Teen USA Kelsey Golonka; Miss Arizona Teen USA Karlina Riggs; Miss California Teen USA Jaanu Patel
The Miss Teen USA prize package includes a scholarship for continued education; a one-year supply of assorted haircare products and tools from Farouk Systems the Makers of CHI & Biosilk; a formal wardrobe by Sherri Hill; personal health and beauty services; a modeling portfolio by leading fashion photographers; and professional representation by The Miss Universe Organization.
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