Platform: A Life of Giving - Youth Volunteerism
Parents: Beverly & Blake Post
School: Kansas State University Graduate/University of Florida Masters
Miss America Community Service Award: id="mce_marker"000.00
Leslie Moss Preliminary Swimsuit: id="mce_marker"00.00
Outstanding Dancer: id="mce_marker"00.00
4th Runner Up: $1,100.00
MA with Honors in Mass Communication; TV reporter in a top 5 market; College professor
Graduate Teaching Assistant – UF; Presidential Inaugural Scholar: attended Conference, Inauguration, Swearing in, Parade & Ball of President Barack Obama; graduated KSU with Honors after 3 years at the age of 20; Miss America Community Service Scholarship 3 times; Tara Dawn Holland Quality of Life 3 times; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Scholarships: Dr. Martin Luther King ‘I Have a Dream’, K-State Wildcat Twirler, K-State Civic Leadership, K-State Opportunity, North American Taiwanese Women; high school graduating semester GPA 4.4; MKO Teen Kansas Scholar; National Honor Society; began college courses in high school; Gifted Program; Presidential Award
UF Lab Professor; Host & Producer of a lacrosse show; NFL Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader; WIBW-TV reporter; KSMO Game of the Week Sideline Reporter; Sunflower Lions Club; Topeka Fast Forward; Heartland Toastmasters; Dancer: Kacico Contemporary Dance and Reach… A Movement Collective; Director: MKO Benefit, my own KSU Dance Concert, Hurricane Katrina Benefit - in Dance Teacher Magazine, 4 CMN Benefits, & CMN’s Send-Off for Rainy Cook, “Miss Topeka Club”, & cheer clinics all over Kansas; K-State Wildcat Twirler: 3 years; Top CMN Fundraiser 3 years, Top Community Service Hours 5 years, & Top Salute Pages Sold 4 years - MKO; Hockey Team Dancer & Choreographer; Dance & Baton Teacher- 9 years; French Club; WCJB-TV Intern; WUFT-TV Assoc. ProducerAccomplishments: 1st RU Miss Kansas 2010; MKO ‘10 Evening Gown Award; MKO ’09 & ‘11 Talent Award & Swimsuit Award; Muscular Dystrophy’s Top Solo Fundraiser - NE KS-18 years, personal total: $80,358; Honors BA in three years; Featured Twirler: 2006 Texas Bowl, NBC 2005 Gator Bowl; ESPN 2003 Holiday Bowl, Jacksonville Jaguars professional game, & a KC Chiefs football game; Intensive Kansas City Ballet student; 661 trophies & 549 medals: national, regional & state dance & baton; Advanced Miss Majorette of KS – 3 years; National Cheer Champion – 5 years, Notre Dame; National Field General & Drum Majorette Champ – 6 years, Notre Dame; National Jazz Champ 2008, Notre Dame; 2005 Young Artist of the Year Award; 2005 Outstanding Young Volunteer Nominee; 2003 Regional Miss Majorette; High School Solo Feature Twirler & varsity cheerleader: 4 years; Homecoming Queen Nominee
Arab Shrine Circus Honorary Ring Master; Back up dancer: Kid Rock & Train; Read Across America Guest Teacher – all over Topeka, Danced at NFL Draft Day, ESPN MNFootball, & Wild Card Game; Soloist: Videos for USA troops in Iraq, Topeka Cares: Tsunami Relief, Emergency 9/11 Telethon – raising id="mce_marker"0,000 in 7 hours, 50th Ann. of Brown vs. Topeka Board, 3 circuses!, 150th Ann. of Kansas Arab Shrine; Volunteer: MDA, American Lung, Simon Youth, Capper Foundation, KNI, Shriners, Masons, American Diabetes, National Arthritis, CASA, Veteran’s Hospital, KS Black Expo, Shawnee County Fair, Mexican Fiesta, Topeka Rescue Mission, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, USD 437, & Air Combat Museum… many for 18 years. I danced for President Bill Clinton & assisted at the 150th Anniversary of the KS National Guard. I twirl Samoan fire knives. My mom & I won a national talent contest. I twirled in 102 parades, at KU & KSU games, performed on TV over 100 times, am “Topeka’sTwirling Leprechaun.” I’m a volunteer addict & love to visit strangers at hospitals to make friends & ease their woes… especially Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!
University of Florida: Graduate Teaching Assistant – I teach Writing for the Electronic Media’s Lab.
Why I should be Miss Kansas:
I LOVE the MKO; Miss America is my dream job - a proactive job where I spread awareness about the greatest self development program in the world, actively fix social concerns, & emphasize others by making them feel special & important. I will change lives with “A Life of Giving: Youth Volunteerism”, using VolunteerMatch to provide service opportunities at any given time. My passion is helping others – the more I give, the bigger my heart grows… That’s someone who inspires & leads. I’m devoted to changing lives & after serving as Miss America 2012, I will be able to say “I used every bit of talent He gave me.”