Lee County royalty returns home this week.
Keokuk native Nicole Kelly was crowned Miss Iowa back in June, but before she could even get settled in, she was competing in the Miss America pageant last month.
Now she's busy visiting schools and sharing her inspirational message with students.
Kelly was born without a left forearm, but she says that never limited her from achieving anything she set her mind to and she encourages children to overcome obstacles in their lives.
Because of her hectic travel schedule, Kelly appreciates the times she can get back home.
"It feels nice, the relaxing part doesn't quite stop because everyone is so excited to see me and so excited to celebrate with me, have fun and chat with me about my life and what I've been doing. But at the same time that really increases the pride of what this job is and what this job means and the duty I have to this area to speak on behalf of this area as a representative of."
Kelly will continue making appearances as Miss Iowa until next June.
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