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Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff wins Miss Teen USA 2017, beats Jaanu Patel

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Miss Missouri Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff has been announced to be the winner of the 2017 Miss Teen USA pageant. The pageant that was held at Phoenix City Hall in Phoenix, Arizona was a massive hit with common people across the US.

While the Miss Teen is not as popular as the main beauty competition known as Miss USA pageant, its attraction is steadily growing over the years. While in previous years, the competition failed to be seriously covered by the media, this year the picture was completely different.

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While this can be due to a genuine interest of the common people in the Miss Teen USA pageant, it may also be to do better PR campaign and improved public relation strategy by the organizers.

While Miss Missouri Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff emerged victorious in the pageant, the other top contestants who also attracted attention and gave a tough competition to Heithoff included Miss Oregon Vanessa Matheson, Miss Nevada Alexis Smith, Miss Indiana Paige Robinson and Miss California Jaanu Patel.

It should be kept in mind that Dominguez-Heithoff is the 35th winner of the pageant, which began in 1983. The beauty pageant run by the Miss Universe Organization for girls aged 14–19. Unlike its sister pageants Miss Universe and Miss USA, which are broadcast on Fox, this pageant is webcast on the Miss Teen USA website and simulcast on mobile devices and video game consoles.

Not many people may remember that it was broadcast live on CBS until 2002 and then on NBC from 2003–2007. In March 2007, it was announced that the broadcast of the Miss Teen USA pageant on NBC had not been renewed, and that Miss Teen USA 2007 would be the final televised event. From 2008–15, the pageant was held at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, located in Nassau, Bahamas.

The 17-year old girl, who hails from Kansas City told the judges that her Girl Scouts project was lobbying the Missouri legislature to pass a law to help adults with developmental disabilities. The girl is enrolled at the University of Kansas. Her interests, according to her include ballet, long-distance running and traveling. Now that she’s won, she plans on working with Best Buddies. With the win, the teen gets $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 cash reward, besides, many modeling assignments are set to fall her way.

The much awaited beauty pageant which was hosted by Heidi Powell and E! News’ Erin Lim, began 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.

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