Platform: R-Word, Spread The Word To End The Word
Parents: Beth & Elias Tolentino
School: Manhattan High School
Awards: Non-Finalist - $1,000.00
Admitted to Kansas State University Fall 2012. Major inn Cultural Anthropology with minors in Ethnic and Leadership Studies
Cumulative GPA 4.0/ Weighted 4.24, class rank 1 of 380; National Honor Society; Kansas State University Leadership Scholarship; Duke University Talent Identification Program.
I believe that if you are passionate about a cause, you should dedicate yourself at a leadership level. I have served as the co-president for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; co-president for the Suburban Debutante; officer for the MHS Student Council; officer for the MHS Tribe booster club; mentor for the Interpersonal Skills Class (select group of seniors who work with students with special needs); Football and Basketball cheerleader (freshman cheerleader, three-year varsity cheerleader).
Citizenship Award - Kansas High School Activities Association; Rotary Student of the Month; Pepsi Merit Student of the Month; Sonic Student of the Week; Kansas Music Educators Association All-State Choir; MHS Winter Homecoming Queen; MHS Fall Homecoming Queen Candidate; MHS Fall Homecoming Junior Class Honorary; Pops Show Choir; Featured singer/dancer in MHS musicals.
As Miss Manhattan, I testified in front of the Kansas Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee on February 15, 2012 in support of SB 397. My brother Nick, who has intellectual disabilities, accompanied me. I am half-Brazilian (my father is from Goiania, Goias, Brazil). I am an athlete and I play hard. I can tumble, throw an awesome football pass, and even broke my ankle as a soccer defender for the Yellow Jackets and Lady Cats. I am a CPR certified lifeguard and a D-1 rated Pony Club member. I've traveled to Europe and can recite the Greek alphabet. I can lick my right elbow. I am an experienced actor and model and have appeared in regional commercials and print work. I ran for Lieutenant Governor at Girls’ State.Employment: Lifeguard and Customer Service Representative - City Pool.
Why I should be Miss Kansas:
Kansas is a place of diversity, friendliness and kindness. These characteristics make me proud to be a native Kansan, because I have always felt accepted for who I am. My platform, Spread the Word to End the Word, asks people to accept and respect everyone – regardless of their abilities - and, based on my experience, I think it makes sense that this message comes from a native of the Heartland.