ALL NEWS

Mapleton woman crowned first-ever ‘Miss Volunteer America’

May 8, 2022, 8:03 PM | Updated: May 9, 2022, 1:59 pm
The very first ever Miss Volunteer America is Mapleton, Utah's own Alexa Knutzer. Photo courtesy of...
Alexa Knutzer, the inaugural Miss Volunteer America, is from Mapleton, UT and has accepted a job at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. (Courtesy of Miss Volunteer America)
(Courtesy of Miss Volunteer America)

JACKSON, Tennessee — The inaugural Miss Volunteer America is 24-year-old Alexa Knutzen of Mapleton, Utah, crowned in Jackson, Tennessee Saturday night.

According to Knutzen, Miss Volunteer America is a recent brand that came out in the summer of 2018, after the Miss America Organization changed direction, turning away from the visual beauty of its contestants and focusing more on their empowerment.

Miss Volunteer America is born

Knutzen says out of the drastic change that spawned Miss America 2.0, Miss Volunteer America was born.  The new pageant keeps the ball gowns and swimsuits and promotes volunteerism and humanitarian projects.

She says the volunteer part is baked into the pageants and related presentations, where contestants submit a SERVE platform. After submitting, they are generally asked about it during a portion of the competition.

“Most times that platform will get brought up where women will get to share how they will spend a lot of their time promoting their platforms, their organizations and the things they care about,” Knutzen says.

‘Local girl done good’

Knutzen didn’t grow up with a lot of extra money for a lifetime of pageant competition. She says her beautiful dress didn’t cost her a penny. It was made by her mom.

“We could never afford custom things, or custom gowns, pageantry is expensive,” Knutzen says. “My mom, being the woman she is, still wanted me to feel special and learn how to make custom couture gowns… it means the world to me that I was able to walk out on a national stage in a dress made by my own mother.”

Knutzen says before the pageant even started, she accepted a job at Vanderbilt Hospital in their preschool for the Autistic, as a speech-language pathologist assistant.

“I can’t wait to just hit the ground running, promoting this organization and what it can do for young women all over America,” Knutzen says.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

On Thursday, May 26, 2022, an Idaho judged ruled that Lori Vallow Daybell's murder trial will be he...
Mark Jones

Judge rules trial for Lori Vallow Daybell, Chad Daybell will be in early 2023

An Idaho judge ruled Thursday the trial of Lori Vallow Daybell will be held with her husband's, Chad Daybell, and will begin in January.
21 hours ago
Saturday record for heat...
Aimee Cobabe

Record-breaking heat in SLC, cooler temps are right around the corner

Salt Lake City is experiencing record-breaking heat, but KSL Meterologist Kristen Van Dyke says cooler temperatures are on their way.
21 hours ago
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area wants boaters to begin using Beach Bags to preserve the beauty...
Devin Oldroyd

Alternative Anchoring Program offers better way to anchor at Lake Powell

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area announces a less destructive way for boaters to anchor in Lake Powell.
21 hours ago
Group of pelicans on the water. Bird flu was found in pelicans....
Samantha Herrera

Bird flu reaches five counties in Utah

Avian flu, commonly known as bird flu, was confirmed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to be spreading through the state.
21 hours ago
Photo credit: Family of Lily Conroy...
Simone Seikaly

Springville teen, Lily Conroy, taken off of life support last week

Conroy was found badly wounded in a vehicle last week in Springville's Hobble Creek Park. Alongside her was the body of a man.
21 hours ago
A can of baby formula...
Amie Schaeffer

Utah Department of Health gives update on formula shortage

The Utah Department of Health released an updated on Thursday to address current availability of baby formula.
21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: Key Information Before the Filing Deadline

Businesses can receive a credit of up to $5,000 per employee in 2020 and up to $21,000 per employee in 2021.
Mapleton woman crowned first-ever ‘Miss Volunteer America’