Beating 18 other contestants, ,Miss Tucson Valley Piper Stoeckel was crowned Miss Arizona 2012 on June 23, 2012 at Mesquite High School. The beauty from Prescott is 23 years old. She will represent Arizona in the Miss America 2013 Pageant to be held in Las Vegas next January.
Piper Stoeckel – Miss Arizona 2012
Currently, Piper is a University of Arizona broadcasting senior. She is a dancer and a budding journalist. “I went back and forth between journalism and dance a lot but with broadcast journalism I feel like I’ve really found my career,” she told Her Campus. “The opportunity to work your way up is much more visible, it’s realistic. Dance would be and could be fun as a profession but it’s just not as concrete.”
Miss Arizona 2012 Piper Stoeckel
She will represent Arizona in the Miss America 2013 pageant
Stoeckel received $5,000 in scholarship funds from winning the Miss Arizona crown. She plans to use the money to pursue a graduate degree after the Miss America Pageant. She is currently studying journalism at the University of Arizona and has an interest in broadcast journalism.
“My brother just left for Afghanistan. He’s serving our country. I want to serve our state. His is different, but I want to serve selflessly and with the same courage and dedication,” she said.
The other three finalists were Tiffany Hilburn (Miss Scottsdale), Danielle McBurnett (Miss Maricopa County) and Britanee Perkins (Miss Tempe).
Courtesy of Miss America Organization