Platform: Empowering At-Risk Youth
Parents: Candice Thimesch
School: University of Kansas
Receive B.A. in Political Science and International Studies and attend Law School in the Fall of 2013 to obtain my J.D.
University of Kansas Dean’s Honor Roll Fall 2011; Alpha Chi Omega Scholastic Achievement Fall 2011; Recipient of Norwich High School Alumni Association Scholarship; Eagle Honor Roll 2005-2009; Exemplary Achievement Award-Kansas State Academic Assessments; Selected to compete in the Heart of the Plains League Academic Competition
Vice President/Recruitment Chair of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority; Selected to represent the Greek Community of The University of Kansas as a Greek Ambassador; Served on the Junior Greek Council at the University of Kansas; 2009 Student Council President; 2008 Junior Class President; Selected to serve on the Students Against Destructive Decisions Board; 2008 Student Council Vice President; 2006-2008 Student Council Representative; 2007-2008 Kansas Association for Youth Treasurer/Secretary
Recipient of the Kansas State High School Activities Association Class of 2009 Citizenship Award; Received a “I” rating at State Music Festival on trumpet, Received a “I” rating at South Central Kansas Regional Piano Festival;
I have the first 120 digits of Pi memorized; I will be the first generation in my family to graduate college; I am the eldest of 8 siblings-5sisters and 3 brothers; My hometown has a population of 491 and I had a graduating class of only 19 people; I am 1 of 2 African Americans to graduate from Norwich High School; I have cousins who are sextuplets.
Currently, I am the Volunteer Program coordinator for StopGap, Inc., an organization that educates foster children about the transition from foster care to adulthood; I have worked at Douglas County Bank in Lawrence for 2 years as a customer service representative and teller; I have interned with Congressman Kevin Yoder; I also enjoy babysitting for 2-year-old twins William and Sophie on the weekends.
Why I should be Miss Kansas:
The job of Miss Kansas is one that requires many skills. However, I believe the most important characteristic of Miss Kansas is someone who is real. As a representative of the State, it is so very important that Miss Kansas is someone who understands, appreciates, and respects people who are from all walks of life. It is so important that Miss Kansas is a leader for every person—no matter their differences. I know that I am this leader. Growing up in a culturally diverse lifestyle taught me to appreciate the uniqueness in people and I believe it is this strength of reliability that sets me apart from others. I should be Miss Kansas because I can be a real, honest, positive role model and a genuine leader.
At Miss America Pageant