Miss Illinois competes for Miss America title

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SAVOY, Ill. (WCIA) — The next time Miss Illinois is in her home state, she could hold the title of Miss America.

Grace Khachaturian flew to Atlantic City Monday afternoon to prepare for the pageant. The Champaign native flew out of Willard Airport.

She says she’s been getting advice from former Miss America Erika Harold and keeping busy with her platform of mental health awareness in young people.

She chose the initiative because of what she’s seen mentoring high school girls. Khachaturian competes for the title September 9.

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