|"Women are powerful and I believe pageants |
showcase that quality."
HEIGHT: 5’ 9”
Alexandria Nichole "Ali" Nugent became a titleholder when she was only 18 months old, when her mom entered her into her first just-for-fun pageant. It was there that she won the title of “Miss Gingerbread.”
Ali is currently a graudate of Highland Park High School in Dallas, and is currently majoring in Marketing/Entrepreneurship at Collin College in Frisco. Her hobbies include spending time with her large family, including 15 aunts, 15 uncles, and 43 cousins. She also loves traveling, soccer, hockey, basketball, tennis, volleyball, cheerleading and figure skating. She has modeled extensively and worked with a variety of charities including Best Buddies, Kids Matter International, Clothe the Child and Terra Biotech's One-2-One.
"It’s not all about winning. It’s about examining yourself,
improving and striving to showcase
HOMETOWN: Salt Lake City
HEIGHT: 5’ 8”
Marissa Powell is a singer who has performed with her group ‘Geniveve’ in numerous venues across the state of Utah, singing the National Anthem for over 10,000 people at the Rocky Mountain Cup for ReAL Salt Lake, as well as writing and performing original songs for the past six years.
As a model and an actress she has been involved in runway, print and film; featured in Fitness Magazine, television commercials and recently appearing on ABC’s What Would you Do? TV episode as a lead actress.
She played volleyball throughout High school and was awarded All-Region two years in a row and Deseret News First Team All-State 5A Defensive Specialist of the Year 2009. She played volleyball for Westminster College in 2010.
Marissa’s community involvement includes volunteering for Primary Children’s Hospital for the lastfive years as a member of the Kids Crew in the Forever Young Zone. She plans on helping to promote programs at Primary Children’s Hospital this year during her reign as Miss Utah USA and serve as an ambassador for Healing Hands for Haiti International Foundation.
Source: Miss USA