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Minnesotan wins America Junior Miss

A Mendota Heights teen won America┬┤s Junior Miss scholastic competition Saturday night in Mobile, Ala. Nora Ali, who graduated valedictorian from South St. Paul High School in May, beat out one teen from each state to win the $50 thousand scholarship, the Star Tribune reported Sunday. She placed in the top five in four of the five catagories being judged, which included scholastic merit, interview, fitness, self-expression and talent. Placing high in so many catagories earned Ali an additional $4,000. She will use the money to attend Harvard University in the fall, where she will study applied mathematics and finance.