Miss Iowa USA
Miss Iowa USA 2018
Perseverance is what lead to Jenny Valliere’s crowning as Miss Iowa USA 2018. Jenny competed for 8 consecutive years before finally capturing the title that would change her life forever.
Jenny is a graduate from Mount Mercy University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations, and minor in Spanish. She currently works as the Afternoon Drive Personality for a Top 40 FM Radio Station in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, known as Z102.9. She is also a host for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, a Tier 1 Junior Ice Hockey Team in the US Hockey League.
In her spare time, Jenny enjoys staying active whether it's going to the gym, hiking, or figure-skating. She was a competitive figure-skater from 3rd grade through her freshman year of college, and performed in ice shows. Two years ago, she found her love for backpacking across different countries. So far Jenny has had the opportunity to backpack across Greece and Peru. Jenny also enjoys blogging for her personal blog, “The Experience Collector.”
In addition to her hobbies, Jenny is extremely passionate about being a “Big” in the Big Sisters Big Brothers Organization, a volunteer supported mentoring network for children facing adversity. She has been a mentor in the program for 3 years now. As Miss Iowa USA, Jenny hopes to share her story of overcoming childhood adversity to inspire others who are facing barriers to success.