The Miss Alaska USA organization crowned two new young women to represent Alaska on the national stage. 

JoEllen Walters is the new Miss Alaska USA and Meghan Scott is Miss Alaska Teen USA. 

"My platform is proper disposal of prescription medication," Walters said. "It's how we properly dispose of medication; not down the drain or in the trash."

Walters is a teacher at title 1 school in the Anchorage School District. She has been an advocate for proper disposal of medication since high school after her grandmother broke her ankle and didn't know what to do with her leftover pain pills.

"What's going on with the opioid crisis not only here in Alaska, but our nation as well," Walters said. " My goal as Miss Alaska USA is to bring some attention to that, to help prevent, reduce, reverse the effects we feel in our community."

Scott is a high school student and will be dual enrolled as a college freshman this fall.

"I like to call my platform, 'able, not disabled,'" Scott said. "I like to focus on the special need's community's abilities not their disabilities."

Scott will be at Pirah's Pioneer Peak Farm in Palmer next weekend.

"It's going to have a special needs day," she added. "I'm going to be there, it will be lots of fun and you will love it."

You can follow along with Walters and Scott and learn about their upcoming appearances and volunteer work on their Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

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