Class of 2019
Director: Janelle Behny
Next Competition Date: July 17, 2019
Open only to residents, full-time employees, and full-time students within Hastings School District 200, and its high school graduates who meet age and other requirements.
Talent: Contemporary Dance
Social Impact: All Together Now: Creating Interconnected Communities
Alaina Mattimiro, the daughter of Daniel and Julie Mattimiro of Hastings, is a senior at Iowa State University in Ames. Alaina has a brother, Thomas, and two sisters, Sophia and Elise. After graduation in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Regional Planning, Alaina will continue her education to earn a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation. Alaina nurtured her vocational interest in community revitalization while growing up in one of the oldest cities in Minnesota.
Alaina’s Social Impact Initiative, All Together Now: Creating Interconnected Communities, is a manifestation of how her vocational interest helps others. Alaina’s passion shines as she explains, “When we invest in and care about our neighbors, we become more understanding, compassionate, and tolerant. Why? Because we prioritize and relate to the people around us.”
Alaina’s real-world experience in the community with her SII and the people around us has prepared her for her Miss Minnesota moment. She is more than a doer. She is an experienced problem solver who finds solutions to challenges that unite people, then sees them through. “My Social Impact Initiative promotes creating and building relationships between people of all ages, races, genders, and socioeconomic status. It’s key to revitalizing our communities.” Key in hand, Alaina is ready to open doors.
Because she is a great woman preparing for the world, Alaina’s leadership experience is well-rounded by her appreciation for rising through the ranks. Learning the ropes from the bottom up with Orchesis I, the auditioned dance company on her campus, is one of several ways she challenged herself. The 19-year dance veteran started as its publicist her first year at ISU and was elected to serve as its president her senior year. It’s no small undertaking with several staged productions annually.
The stars of Alaina’s show at home are a good fantasy fiction novel with an occasional bowl of spaghetti and meatballs to satisfy her Sicilian foodie within. Alaina’s gray cat, Joker, does her part to shine and prepare the world for great women whenever she can. Joker learned how by watching Alaina.