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Alexa Rogers crowned Miss Arizona

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Alexa Rogers will represent Arizona at the Miss America 2015 Pageant in Atlantic City. Rogers was crowned Miss Arizona on Saturday.

A native of Scottsdale, Rogers was the reigning Miss Phoenix when she won the state pageant. She is a graduate of Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Arizona State University.

Her pageant platform, is “Everyone Deserves A Chance: Supporting Homeless & Impoverished Children.” She volunteers at homeless shelters.

If Rogers is crowned Miss America, she will become the third Arizona titleholder to wear the national crown. Previous Miss America titleholders include Miss Arizona 1964 Vonda Kay Van Dyke, and Miss Arizona 1949 Jacque Mercer.

The last Miss Arizona to finish in the top five at the Miss America competition was Miss Arizona 2011 Jennifer Sedler. She was named third runner-up. Like Rogers, Sedler is a former Miss Phoenix.

The Miss America Pageant is scheduled to end with the crowning of new royalty on Sept. 14. The final night of pageant competition will be broadcast live on the East Coast by the ABC television network. A tape-delayed broadcast will follow for the West Coast.

Also on Saturday, Amber Barto was crowned Miss Arizona’s Outstanding Teen. She will represent Arizona at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, scheduled to begin in July in Orlando, Florida.

The teen pageant is the younger-sister competition within the Miss America Organization. Contestants are ages 13-17 years old.

"The Miss Arizona and Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen programs exists to provide unparalleled scholarship and service opportunities to young women in the Grand Canyon State," according to state pageant officials. "By providing a platform for tomorrow’s leaders to express their opinions, talents, character and intelligence, our organization seeks to aid in personal development, better the community and state at large, and display the importance of service before self."

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