Platform: The Mind Matters
Talent: Tap Dance
Parents: Lisa Klaassen
Hometown: Arkansas City, KS
School: Tabor College
Platform: Music Making Memories-Making a Difference for Those with Alzheimer's
Parents: Michele & Brenden Benjamin
School: Blue Valley North High School
Miss Meadowlark Abby Domann, a Pratt native, won the talent event on the second night of preliminary competition at the Miss Kansas Pageant in Pratt.
Winning the swimwear event was Miss Santa Fe Trail Kyann Eslick.
(Story and photo by Pratt Tribune)
(Published by the Pratt Tribune)
The 2018 Miss Kansas pageant in Pratt, Kansas is underway!
Miss Kansas 2018 got off to a patriotic start Wednesday, June 6 as Jane Schulte Goodheart, Miss Kansas 1973 opened the show singing the national anthem. Thirty-four contestants took the stage in red, white and blue tops, paired with blue jeans and high heels for their opening number. Miss Kansas 2017 Krystian Fish followed with a welcoming address to let all those present know they are “worth more than gold.“
After Fish performed a moving tribute to those with disabilities by singing “They Just Keep Moving the Line,” it was time to get down to business with interview questions, lifestyle and fitness swim suit competition, talent and evening gowns.
Rising to the top of their divisions on the first day of competition were Miss Heart of Kansas Madison Schoenkase, who won the swimwear preliminary, and Miss Sunflower Alexandria Black, who took first in the talent competition singing “I Who Have Nothing.”
Other notable moments in day one of the pageant included Miss Sante Fe Trail Kyann Eslick, the only deaf contestant, who sang and hand-signed a beautiful and haunting melody called “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.” Miss Manhattan Alexis Smith was a crowd favorite with a ventriloquist act, “The Auctioneer.” Smith’s accomplice on stage was Frank, the same dummy used by her aunt, a Miss Kansas contestant 21 years ago, in a similar ventriloquism act. Miss Gateway to the West Katherine Wurzer was a fitness inspiration in her jazz dance “Sparkling Diamonds.“
Miss Kansas contestants from the Sigma group sparkled in their evening wear selections and the Kappa group answered the interview question, “What is a significant result of your platform work this year?“
Results from the evening wear and interview portions of the contest will be announced Saturday and the contestants now prepare for the segment switch for stage performances Thursday.
Miss Kansas Organization
Woman of Kansas: Engaged & Empowered
Leadership Recognition Award
The “Women of Kansas: Engaged & Empowered Leadership Recognition Award was established in 2015 by the Miss Kansas Organization to honor Miss Kansas 2014, Amanda Sasek. Through her platform, “Find Your Strength: Engage to Empower”, Amanda inspired women to overcome obstacles and purse their dreams by educating women about helpful resources, encouraging women to support women’s organizations and challenging women to build mentoring networks.
During her year-of-service and through personal interviews, Amanda connected with over 60 inspirational women leaders of all different ages and backgrounds. Each woman shared their stories, advice, and resources to help inspire other women. With each interview, Amanda gathered inspiring quotes and valuable advice and tips for women! Her Women of Kansas interviews were featured on the Miss Kansas Organization website and on social media during her year of service.
In celebration of the 60th consecutive year of Miss Kansas held in Pratt (June 2014) and in recognition of Miss Kansas 2014, Amanda Sasek, a “Woman of Kansas” will be selected annually to receive the Woman of Kansas: Engaged & Empowered Leadership Recognition Award. The selection will be made from nominations received from local and state volunteers, current or former Miss Kansas contestants, Miss Kansas Organization sponsors or former Miss Kansas titleholders. Nominees cannot be affiliated with the Miss Kansas Organization. The person making the nomination should provide a one page typed summary, which includes the following information:
APPLICATION AND FULL DETAILS NOW AVAILABLE!
The Sunflower Princess Program is a mentoring program for young ladies ages 5-12 who have an interest in learning about citizenship, leadership, volunteerism, and have a future interest in the Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen and Miss Kansas programs.
Official State Teen Pageant of the Miss Kansas Organization
Purpose: The purpose of the Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen program is to provide an opportunity for teens to win scholarships, develop poise, confidence, stage presence, enhance interview skills and speaking ability. Young ladies will also gain knowledge about volunteerism, leadership and community service.
Pageant Week: June 3-9, 2018 in Pratt KS.
The first step is to compete in (and win) either a Local Pageant or Festival. Local Pageants and Festivals are held throughout Kansas from July through March annually.
Local Pageants are an integral part of the Miss Kansas system and are conducted using official Miss America rules.
Be a pageant contestant and grow in ways you never imagined.....
FUTURE MISS KANSAS PAGEANT FINALS
June 9, 2018
June 8, 2019
Pratt Community College in Pratt, KS