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Farris is a native of Jasper, Alabama. Growing up, she found a love for both music and science. She graduated from Walker County High School in 2011.

After graduating high school, Farris went on to attend the University of Alabama. There, she was involved with multiple school activities including the Association of Information Systems, the Alabama Information Management Society, Women in Information Technology (WIT), the Capstone Minority IS Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, University Stewards, the Chinese Culture Club and Freshman Forum. She is also a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta.

Realizing she could combine her love of the arts with her passion as an advocate for women in technology brought her to compete in the Miss America program. She decided to compete in the 2013 Miss Walker County Pageant, which she won. While she did not make the finals at Miss Alabama 2013, her piano performance won her a Preliminary Talent Award and a Non-Finalist Talent Award.

After graduating from the University of Alabama with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in 2015, she landed a job with Microsoft as an Application Development Consultant. The job required her to relocate to North Carolina. She continued pursuing her dream of competing on the Miss America stage, winning the title of Miss Charlotte 2016. She placed in the Top 10 at Miss North Carolina 2016 as well as being named a Top 5 finalist for the Quality of Life Award and a Levine's Children's Hospital Ambassador.

Farris returned to compete for the Miss North Carolina crown in 2017 as Miss Mount Holly. Her piano skills helped her secure a Preliminary Talent Award as well as crack the Top 5 on the final night of the pageant.

Farris was originally announced as first runner-up at the 2017 pageant. However, after an independent audit, the Miss North Carolina Organization announced the first and second runner-ups were incorrectly announced onstage.

Courtney Smith, Miss Goldsboro, was originally announced as the second runner-up with Farris being the first runner-up. The auditors found that while there was no error in the scoring, the names had been incorrectly transposed on the announcement card. Farris was actually second runner-up. Smith was the first runner-up to Miss North Carolina 2017, Victoria Huggins.

Recognizing the error, the Miss North Carolina Organization announced the both Farris and Smith would receive the first runner-up’s scholarship package of $10,000.

After the pageant, Farris’ career took her to the Metropolitan area of Washington D.C. She is currently a software developer at Microsoft, where she creates and codes apps for United States Government Agencies.

Farris did not let the error of the 2017 pageant stop her from pursuing her dreams. She entered the 2018 Miss District of Columbia Pageant. Her dreams of competing on the Miss America stage came true when she was crowned Miss District of Columbia 2018 on June 17, 2018 at Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. In addition, she won the Jen Corey Baca Talent Award for having the top scoring talent and the Shannon Schambeau Patterson Swimsuit Award for having the top score in the swimsuit portion of the pageant.

Farris will compete for the title of Miss America 2019 on September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Classical Piano - "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6" by Franz Liszt

Pageant Platform

Women in Technology: Developing Futures

What is the Occupation of Allison Farris

Application Development Consultant

Which School Did Allison Farris Attend?

University of Alabama - Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration and Management Information Systems and a Master of Science in Enterprise Integration and Management Information Systems

FUN FACTS about Allison Farris

Favorite Miss America: Angela Perez Baraquio (2001). Favorite portion of competition: talent. Favorite D.C. restaurant: Ooh's & Ahh's on U Street. She was the first to serve as Miss Charlotte in almost a decade. Growing up, she wanted to be pink power ranger. Her father, Doug Farris, serves as Walker County Circuit Judge in Alabama.