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Local Teen Wins Miss Amazing Pageant

Posted: Updated: March 11, 2014 10:32 PM

A Davenport teen is proving her disability can't keep her from achieving her dreams. On Sunday, she took home an Iowa Miss Amazing pageant crown.

Juls Hance says it was the best weekend of her life, and says it's still hard to believe she won.

"I was like is this real or am I dreaming," the 16-year-old recalled about hearing her name announced as the winner.

The Central High School freshman says she believes in herself now more than ever and hopes she's a role model for other girls.

"No matter what, you can be a princess," she said.

In this case, Hance is queen, having received the Iowa Miss Amazing Teen Queen title at the pageant for girls with disabilities in Council Bluffs over the weekend.

"I wish that everybody could go to this pageant. It is so heart warming to see all these girls doing their talents, hanging out with the buddies, getting their hair and makeup done and just feeling so good about themselves," Juls' mother, Laura Hance, said.

"It's all about making the kids feel good about themselves and knowing they can do anything," she added.

Juls Hance is living with Williams' Syndrome, a genetic condition that can cause, among other things, heart and kidney problems, developmental delays, and poor depth perception, which can make it tough to get around.

That's where her service dog, Bobo, is very helpful.

Bobo was by Juls' side as she took the stage for the talent portion of the pageant, and the difficulties that come with her disability were the last thing on her mind.

"My head was just - I'm a little bit nervous, I don't know what the judges are going to think of me," she said.

This was her first pageant, and her thoughts were on nailing her performance of the song "Electricity". She says she did nail it, and her performance brought tears to her father's eyes.

"It made me so happy to see my dad cry," Juls said. "And it made me so happy inside to see how happy he was for me doing this."

"We decided from day one that we would do anything we could to give her the tools to be able to do anything she wants in life," said Laura, "and this pageant was perfect for that."

Now, Juls is setting her sights on a national Miss Amazing title. She's invited to join other state winners for that pageant in Omaha, Nebraska, this August.

"I'm very excited!" she said, adding that she's going to begin fundraising for that trip soon.

The Illinois Miss Amazing pageant will be held next month in DuPage County.

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