|photo taken from www.missamerica.org|
Diagnosed at age 11, Alexis claims she had a difficult time in school. In fact, according to a recent FOX News interview, she almost didn't finish high school. Now she is headed to college and is the youngest Miss America contestant (age 18) and the first autistic competitor.
When asked why she chose to compete, Alexis stated, "I think I should be the next Miss America because the world needs to know that even a girl who has a few differences and was labeled an outcast at first is Miss America material." You GO girl!
Apparently, the public will have the chance to "vote in" a finalist in this year's contest via the pageant website or through Facebook. Soooo...