Ohio native Alexis came to Missouri after winning a scholarship to Lindenwood University as fourth runner up in the 2012 Miss Ohio Teen USA. A fulltime student pursuing a dance and technical theater major, Alexis has always seen dance having a major role in her life.
“I started dancing at the age of two in a Little Gym class…they called it “Diaper Gym,” Alexis said. “I was the only kid who’d cry about leaving because I loved it so much. Dance was just something I wanted to do and kept growing with, as I got older. When it came time for college, dance was a no brainer. I just can’t imagine my life without it.”
Alexis has danced ballet, jazz, tap, acro/gymnastics, contemporary and modern. She was part of the varsity cheerleading team at St. Clairsville High School and cheered her freshman year at Lindenwood. Knowing her passion for dance, her boyfriend Elliott recommended last December that Alexis look into becoming a Rams cheerleader.
“After some research and reviewing some of the performances from last year, I was hooked,” Alexis said. “I started training in January, refining my dance and interview skills and making sure to practice a mix of dance and cheer.”
With 18 years of dance under her belt, it’s no surprise that Alexis made the team on her first try this year. “I’ve always been a performer, a dancer…I have been all my life. But with the Rams…this is the best of the best, so I’m nervous and excited at the same time.”
But what Alexis feels will help her this season isn’t her history of dance. It’s her experience in the Miss Ohio Teen USA pageants and recently the Miss Ohio USA preliminary. Alexis competed in the Miss Ohio Teen USA throughout high school placing in the top five her first year, top 15 her second and third years, and ended fourth runner up out of 52 girls in her fourth year. Just earlier this summer Alexis made the transition to Miss Ohio USA.
“Moving up to Miss Ohio USA is a huge change,” Alexis said. “The adult pageants are much more sophisticated and require a different level of skill than the teen pageants did. Taylor G. [fellow Rams cheerleader] has been helping me prepare by focusing on developing elements of the pageant and refining my interview skills. She was second runner up in the 2014 Miss Oklahoma USA pageant, so she really knows what I need to work on.”
With school, the Rams and pageant preparation Alexis’ life is non-stop, but despite her hectic schedule, she still finds time to stay active in the community.
“Back home I was actively involved with Easter Seals, which offers assistance to families of children with mental and physical disabilities,” Alexis said. “Every April I’d work the Telethon and the whole community would just come together for a day to help raise money for the sponsored families. It’s just incredible how you can make such a difference for so many families in one day. When I go home over school breaks I always volunteer with them as much as I can. And now with the Rams, I get to help out more in the St. Louis community.”