mkot choice 2017

2012 Miss Titleholders

Emily AbayPlatform:   Embracing Cultural Diversity
Talent:  Dance
Age: 18
Parents: Emeline & Eustaquio Abay
Hometown:  Wichita
School:  Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School

Preliminary Gown:  $100.00
Semi-Finalist:  $1,050.00

Scholastic/Career Ambition:        Pursue a career in medicine

Scholastic Honors:
Honor Roll with 4.3 out of 4.5 overall GPA; Graduate of Kapaun Mt. Carmel Cum Laude Honors Program; Recipient of National Honor Society’s Alice Knorr Scholarship Award; Recipient of University of San Diego Board of Trustees Scholarship four-year tuition award of $60,000

Leadership Roles:
Senior Captain of Kapaun Mt. Carmel Dance Team; “Performance Level” of Wichita School of Performing Arts; Miss Philippines at the Miss Asian Festival Scholarship Competition; Kapaun Mt. Carmel peer tutor; Volunteer with Sisters of St. Joseph Convent; Volunteer with special needs elementary school students

Member of National Honor Society; Member of Student Council; 8th Grade cheer coach; Service work with Gawad Kalinga Charity Organization; Dancing since the age of 5 at Wichita School of Performing Arts; National All-American Dance Team member; Dancer in Friends University Nutcracker (3 years); Music Theatre for Young People (3 years); Music Theatre of Wichita; Voice Lessons with Tony Award Nominee Karla Burns (2 years); Piano lessons (3 years); Winner of “Kidzcope” Camera Angles modeling contest fundraiser; Lector at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Interesting Facts:
Proud to be raised full Filipina in the Asian-American culture; Parents are first generation immigrants; Youngest of six children with 25 year age gap between me and eldest sister; Born and raised a Kansan; Tom-boy growing up; First of six children to receive university scholarships Employment:
Assistant dance teacher at Wichita School of Performing Arts

Why I should be Miss Kansas:
Winning the Miss Asian Festival Scholarship competition, during the 31st annual Asian Festival, is one of my most treasured moments. I was proud to represent the Filipino culture and heritage.  Because of that experience, I hope to continue to represent my community. As Miss Kansas, I want to further my platform of embracing and understanding cultural diversity. During my year as Miss Kansas, I would make presentations about the importance of knowing one’s cultural background and finding ways to embrace that heritage. As individuals, we should each know about our cultures. If this is done, we can understand and respect the heritage of others.



Miss Kansas
July 8 and 9, 2021 - Preliminary Competitions
July 10, 2021 - Final Competition
Dennis Lesh Sports Arena
Pratt Community College in Pratt, KS

Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen
June 12, 2021 - Final Competition
Carpenter Auditorium
Pratt Community College in Pratt, KS