Miss Missouri Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff impressed everyone alike during the top 5 question and answer round and claimed the title of Miss Teen USA 2017 in Phoenix on Saturday. Besides the crown, Dominguez-Heithoff won a $10,000 scholarship and $5,000 in cash.
Sophia takes over the crown from Miss Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay.
The other top 5 finalists were Miss Oregon Vanessa Matheson, Miss Nevada Alexis Smith, Miss California Jaanu Patel, and Miss Indiana Paige Robinson.
Dominguez-Heithoff, 17, graduated from high school a year early and is a native of Kansas city. She is pursuing a degree in political science and ethics at the University of Kansas. She plans to go on to law school.