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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska woman who shaved her head for charity three months ago will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant next year.

Debbe Ebben was named Miss Alaska on Saturday night.

Ebben shaved off her brown hair in March to raise more than $4,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which gives grants for children's cancer research. She did so as part of a public service project during her reign as Miss Chugiak-Eagle River.

Her hair has grown back and she now sports a pixie cut.

She says the underlying message to children who had lost their hair because of cancer treatments was that it was OK to be bald.

DAN JOLING
Associated Press