Miss Outstanding Teen Arizona, Miss Arizona crowned Saturday

PHOENIX - Miss Outstanding Teen Arizona and Miss Arizona were crowned last night as the newest beauty queens and role models to represent our state.

The two winners, Amber Barto and Alexa Rogers, visited ABC15 Sunday morning to talk about Saturday night's competition.

Miss Outstanding Teen Arizona Amber Barto from Ahwatukee told us that one of the best parts about the competition was getting to create bonds and meet all the different women in the competition.

Barto is also passionate about dance and performing arts, which is what she hopes to pursue in college. In addition, she is working toward raising awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Barto received a $1,500 scholarship for winning the competition and is excited about going to nationals later this year.

After just two hours of sleep, Barto told us that she feels fortunate to be able to wear the crown and that being crowned was "surreal."

"I had to take (the crown) off to sleep...If I could have slept in it, I would have. I love this thing. It is amazing to me," she said.

Miss Arizona Alexa Rogers told ABC15 that despite winning last night's crown, she had actually never done pageants before. Her first local pageant was in Phoenix and she then went on to compete for Miss Arizona, but she really just wanted to experience of the event.

Her favorite part of the competition was the evening gown segment because it was fun to dress up, especially being out of high school and without much reason to wear a gown.

Now that the pageant is over, both women have an exciting road ahead.

"We would like to be involved in the community as much as possible," Rogers said.

Volunteering is very important to the Miss America Foundation and Miss Arizona hopes to make a big impact.

For now? Miss Arizona said she just enjoyed having pineapple pizza again. Both girls are also very excited to get some sleep.


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