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“It’s pretty extraordinary when any female does it,” she said of head shaving. “It’s always a bigger stand, just because you know, hair and women. But definitely a beauty queen _ someone who’s in the spotlight … we’re really honored to have their support.”

Ebben’s experience, along with her work with Children’s Miracle Network, a Miss America cause, has shaped more than her hair. Instead of engineering, she’s now studying to be a “child life specialist” working with children in hospitals.

“They’re kind of the in-between, go-to person to put the kid at ease, describe things to families, and interact with them at the hospital and really be a positive role model for them,” she said. “You could say that pageants really led me to that career.”