The Miss America crown could be coming home to Louisiana next week.

Each year we see some of America's most fierce women jump on stage for the chance to represent their respective state while competing for the title of Miss America. The title is more than just a scholarship opportunity. It's also an opportunity to become a powerhouse for their communities, states, and beyond. She becomes a mentor to the next generation of young women while also serving as the National Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network, the national partner of the Miss America Organization.

The competition got underway with a welcome ceremony in New Jersey this week.

This year Holli Conway is representing the state of Louisiana. She holds the title of Miss Louisiana and is a native of Monroe. Holli is passionate about inspiring others to find their gifts, work on their talent and present them to the world. This is a part of her platform "InspHIGHER."

The 2019 Miss America Competition begins Wednesday, September 5 and will conclude on Sunday, September 9. The competition takes place in Atlantic City, New Jersey. You can watch the final competition Sunday on ABC at 9 p.m. ET.

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