Nicole Turner, granddaughter of Bob and Nancy Birgam of Payson, was crowned Miss Arizona 2007 on June 24 in Gilbert. She will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant this January.
Turner was also awarded the State Community Service award and will represent Arizona at the Miss America Scholarship Competition in Las Vegas, Nev. in January 2008.
Turner, who graduated from Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix, will spend the next year promoting a service platform of safe driving habits among motorists.
She studied dental hygiene at Mesa Community College and the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Her career ambition is to obtain a bachelor's degree, work in the field of dental hygiene and continue to instruct dance.
For her talent competition, she performed a lyrical jazz dance.