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MISS UTAH USA IS U. MUSIC MAJOR WHO FOUNDED GROUP TO HELP PREVENT YOUTH CRIME AND ASSIST THE HOMELESS

Melanie Mitton, 21, Provo, was crowned Miss Utah USA at the state competition recently.

Mitton, who lives in Provo with her parents, Jay and Joan Mitton, is a student at the University of Utah.She maintains a 3.9 GPA while majoring in music, with an emphasis in harp and vocal performance.

Because of her love for community service, Mitton founded UPLIFT, a charitable organization to prevent youth crime and help the homeless.

Mitton has received numerous awards including the National Dean's List, scholarships and the American String Teachers Association Gold Cup for outstanding performances.