Meet Miss Iowa

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  Name: Aly Olson

University of Iowa

Career ambition:
Performer; CEO of an arts nonprofit agency that promote young people

Do One Thing: Diversity Everyday

Vocal Performance - "If I Loved You"

Age: 21

Des Moines, IA

About Aly ...

Aly Olson's parents used to find her singing in her crib as a child. Now  a senior at the University of Iowa, Aly is majoring in Vocal Performance and Performing Arts Entrepreneurship. Aly plans to perform for her whole life and lead an arts organization that works with youth. A Hawkeye to the core, Aly is involved in UI Opera Productions, Walk It Out: Multicultural Fashion Show, and the University of Iowa Foundation Student Philanthropy Group. In March 2014, Aly spent her spring break doing service in Detroit, Michigan, with a focus on educational equity. 

Aly was Miss Iowa's Outstanding Teen in 2010 and went on to win the Non-finalist Interview award at Miss America's Outstanding Teen. Building upon her experience as a teen titleholder, Aly looks forward to traveling the state of Iowa and promoting the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program, Children's Miracle Network, and her personal platform Do One Thing: Diversity Everyday.

Through her platform Do One Thing: Diversity Everyday, Aly encourages all to pursue simple actionable tasks every day that will lead to significant change for diversity and inclusion. "One thing" may look like trying out a Thai restaurant, visiting a new worshipping center with a friend, or having an open conversation about diversity with others. Aly works with the Walk It Out Multicultural Fashion Show, the After School Arts Program, and other organizations across the state.

Aly loves most things in life, but the Iowa State Fair and HBO's Game of Thrones are easily among her greatest passions. She loves traveling internationally and across the state, meeting new people, and singing for audiences of all sizes. 

Aly is the daughter of Lew and Carol Olson of Des Moines, Iowa.




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