U.S. Army Soldier Vying for Miss America Title-On 100 Year Anniversary of Competition – Interview

U.S. Army Soldier Vying for Miss America Title-On 100 Year Anniversary of Competition – Interview


 Miss America Marks its 100 Year Anniversary This Year

 Miss America is an iconic institution at the center of everything from national trends to social movements and the competition is marking its 100th anniversary this year. The highly-publicized TV event showcases representatives from every U.S. state and D.C., vying for the crowning achievement of “Miss America.”

This year, not one, but two Army Soldiers will be among those competing for the crown. The reigning Miss Idaho, Spc. Ayris Torres and reigning Miss Colorado, Spc. Maura Spence-Carroll, will put their leadership, passions, and talents on display at the competition on December 16th.

The Army and Miss America Organization

are both committed to fostering the growth, confidence, and service-oriented paths in our country’s talented young adults. Soldiers, and Miss America participants alike, leverage their influence to make a difference in people’s lives, inspire others’ voices, and create positive change in the world around them.

It should come as no surprise that the leaderships skills, work ethic, and teamwork instilled in Soldiers, mirror that among Miss America participants.

Both participants are proof that the Army helps Soldiers promote their purpose and potential by providing endless opportunities for Soldiers to use their unique skills and talents both in and out of uniform.

Join me in a recent interview with Spc. Ayris Torres. (Miss Idoho)

as she is available to speak about her personal backgrounds, Miss America, and how her Army experiences has helped her achieve her dreams.

Listen to the entire interview here.

For more information, go to www.goarmy.com.

BIO:  for Ayriss Torress

Ayriss Torres, born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho, is a U.S. Army Soldier and first-generation college student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Political Science/Pre-Law & Finance at Idaho State University.

She enlisted in the U.S. Army at 19, completing Special Operations Training at the JFK Special Warfare Center & School on the Commandant’s List, becoming a 38B Civil Affairs Specialist.

She currently serves with the 405th CA Battalion in Salt Lake City, UT, working as a government liaison between the U.S. and Asia Pacific Region to coordinate humanitarian relief to foreign nations after war and natural disaster.

Torres began competing within the Miss America system when she was 15 to earn scholarship funds. Among her accomplishments and titles are Miss Gate City’s Outstanding Teen 2016, Miss Gate City 2018, Miss Bonneville County 2020, the Idaho Community Service Award, Idaho Bert Parks Award, Miss America 4 Points Award, 2nd Runner Up to Miss Idaho’s Outstanding Teen 2016, and Miss Idaho 2021.

As Miss Idaho, and with her Social Impact Initiative, “The Equity Project,” Torres has a goal to travel to all 44 counties within the state, providing free financial and wealth management education to every Idahoan to close the racial, gender, and generational wealth gaps affecting our communities.

When Torres isn’t wearing her Miss Idaho crown or Army greens, you can find her outside hiking, fishing or camping in the great Idaho outdoors.

*Photo courtesy of Miss Idaho, Spc. Ayris Torres

*Interview is courtesy: U.S. Army

Cynthia Tait

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