Maria Puglisi, a senior at Denfeld High School in Duluth, was crowned Miss West Duluth during Spirit Valley Days, July 30 through Aug. 3.

Puglisi, 17, made headlines earlier this year when she sang “Let it Go” from the film “Frozen” in Spanish to protest Denfeld’s decision to not offer Spanish 5 this school year.

She is enrolled in all honors classes at Denfeld and also is a member of the speech, trap shooting, math, Knowledge Bowl and swim teams. She also is active in choir, drama and National Honor Society.

In her spare time, Puglisi enjoys singing in the choir at St. James Catholic Church and spending time fishing with her father at the family’s cabin.

Upon graduation, Puglisi plans to attend either the University of

Wisconsin-Superior or Bemidji State University to pursue degrees in ichthyology, the study of fish, and operatic performance.