Newly crowned Miss Teen USA from Parkville sets sights on colleg - KCTV5

Newly crowned Miss Teen USA from Parkville sets sights on college at KU

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It has been a whirlwind of a month for Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff. (KCTV5) It has been a whirlwind of a month for Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff. (KCTV5)
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It has been a whirlwind of a month for Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff.

The decorations from her high school graduation are still up. Days later, she flew out to Phoenix to compete for Miss Teen USA and brought home the crown.

"Oh, it’s crazy even now to think that this really did happen," she said.

Dominguez-Heithoff won the crown and $10,000 in scholarship money from the Miss Universe Organization to help her through school.

"They’ve understood that as Miss Teen USA, the most important thing for me is to be a teenager, and teenagers go to school," she said.

Dominguez-Heithoff says she will strive for balance as she goes through her freshman year at the University of Kansas. She'll travel all over the United States as Miss Teen USA and an advocate for people with developmental disabilities.

Dominguez-Heithoff's aunt has Down syndrome.

"I’ve seen all the challenges that she’s had throughout her life, and I really knew at a very young age that I wanted to make a difference in this community," she said.

The reality that she’s been given this title and voice to help others hasn’t quite set in yet.

"I graduated high school a year early, so if you would’ve told me a year ago that I was Miss Teen USA and going to college all in the same week, I would’ve said that you were a crazy liar ... but that’s actually happening," she said.

The whirlwind continues as she moves into her KU dorm this weekend.

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