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Mariah Cary | Miss Iowa 2013

After graduating from Burlington High School, I chose SCC and made the women's volleyball team. As a student I knew I wanted to pursue a career in public relations where I could interact with people, so I took a lot of speech and communications classes. I followed the same path after I transferred on to Coe College. The classes I took at both colleges helped me on my journey to becoming Miss Iowa because being comfortable and confident interacting with others plays a big part in the competition.

A lot of kids my age want to run away to college but I wanted to stay home. I knew this was a better learning environment for me. There are a lot of successful people I knew who went to SCC, including my mom. So I knew SCC would prepare me for what was to come. I'm very happy with my decision and it really brought me closer to my family.