Alex Place is a senior at Denver High School. She's also the newest Miss Teen of Iowa.
"I heard about it through school. I got invited and followed through with it," said Alexandra Place.
At the end of July, Alex traveled to Pella to compete with 29 other girls for the title of Miss Teen of Iowa.
"Before I went there I had to fill out three judging forms in the categories of personal development, scholastic record and achievement in school and community," said Place.
After going through an interview process and answering questions on stage, Alex was crowned Miss Teen of Iowa.
In October, she represented Iowa in the national competition for Miss Teen of America. She made it all the way to the top six.
Alex Place wants to stress Miss Teen of America is not a beauty pageant, but rather a scholarship and recognition pageant.
"It was about my grades and all the activities I'm in," said Place.
Besides cheerleading, Alex also plays club soccer and she strives to always be a good role model for other students at Denver High School.
"A good role model is someone who gets good grades, is in sports and is just a nice person. Somebody you want to be around," she said.
Alex didn't get a crown, but she did get a sash and a medal.
During her reign as Miss Teen of Iowa, she hopes to spread an anti-bullying message and raise awareness about breast cancer. She also plans to volunteer as much as possible. She's already helped out with the Special Olympics at Upper Iowa University in Fayette.
Alex hopes other high school girls consider competing in the scholarship program because it helps build confidence and rewards inner beauty.
Alex will hold her title as Miss Teen of Iowa for two years. She was awarded a $1000 scholarship and a $500 savings bond.