While her friends know her as Dexonna (pronounced Dijion-a), the rest of the state knows her as Miss Utah. Since she was eight, Dexonna has devoted herself to service, ballet and “Pageant-Land” as she calls it. Young Dexonna was dazzled by pageant participants’ beauty, poise, intelligence, sense of empowerment, and desire to change the world. Through her Miss Utah 2019 title, Dexonna paused her education and pursued her passion for charity. She has focused directly on her own social impact initiative, “servesteem,” or the pattern of building self-esteem through service. This focus is derived from Dexonna’s experience caring for her severely mentally and physically handicapped Great Uncle Lynn. When he passed away, 13-year-old Dexonna realized her hours of service had developed her self-worth.
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