Miss Alabama Anna Laura Bryan has been named as one of the seven finalists for the Miss America pageant’s Quality of Life award.
The Miss America Organization announced the finalists during the arrival ceremony at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas this afternoon.
Introduced in 1988, the Quality of Life award recognizes contestants who excel in community service. The judges take in consideration the contestants’ involvement with their own platform and the Children’s Miracle Network, the organization’s national platform.
Bryan’s platform “P.A.W.S. for Autism: People and Animals Working Side-by-side” focuses on raising awareness of the benefits of service animals for individuals with autism. Decatur resident and Oak Park Middle School eighth-grader Brayden Ellis inspired Bryan, a Decatur native, to select autism as her platform.
The winner of the Quality of Life Award will be announced next week.
The other six Quality of Life finalists are:
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