Davenport teen wins pageant for girls with special needs

Posted Online: Aug. 11, 2014, 8:34 pm
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By Sandra Sepaniak, ssepaniak@qconline.com
DAVENPORT — Juls Hance's talent and poise helped her win the title of Iowa's Miss Amazing in March and carried her to the title of National Miss Amazing Teen Queen last week.

The 16-year-old Davenport Central student competed in Omaha last week with 17 teens from across the country.

Ms. Hance participated in an interview, evening wear competition and talent competition at the event. For the talent portion, she sang "For Good," from the award-winning musical "Wicked."

"I picked a song that meant a lot to me and my parents, and it means that I know people that are in my heart and people who have disabilities," she said.

Jordan Somers created the Miss Amazing pageant in 2007 to create a positive pageant experience for girls with special needs.

Juls has Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes development difficulties, vision problems such as poor depth perception and can create anxiety issues.

Dan Hance said he and his wife, Laura, were very proud of their daughter for competing. When she won, Mr. Hance said they "were all in tears and screaming."

"It was an incredible experience for her to win at the state level, and to go to the national level was an unbelievable experience for us and one that we were excited about for her," Mr. Hance said. "My wife was a nervous wreck the whole weekend, and I was trying to condition myself that just getting there was a big deal."

"I didn't know that I was going to win this and I was just really happy," Ms. Hance said. "It means a lot to me, I don't know how to explain it because I was really excited."


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