Platform: Fighting Hunger for America's Kids/Starting With Kansas
Parents: Susan Grimes & Frederick Thomas
Hometown: Baldwin City
School: University of Kansas
Kimberlee Grice Preliminary Talent: $250.00
Margene Savage Outstanding Vocalist: $250.00
PhD in Microbiology with Minor in Vocal PerformanceTalent: Vocal Performance-Soprano, "Chanson Boheme" from the Opera “Carmen”
Scholastic Honors: Bishop Seabury Academy Scholar. Member of the National Society of High School Scholars. Bishop Seabury Scholar Music Award. Lawrence Journal World Art Star Scholar Art Star 2010/ Vocal Music.
President of Jay Talkers, Toastmasters International. Captain of varsity Volleyball and Basketball teams junior and senior year. Student assistant for 7th and 8th grade choirs and theater assistant. Singing “National Anthem” for high school athletic events. Performing vocal solos at church services and nursing home facilities.
7th grade to present: performing at various local, state, and regional vocal competitions, winning competitions and performing in honor recitals. Performed vocally in 10 different states. Won Outstanding Vocalist, Miss Kansas 2011. Attended Interlochen School of Arts Summer Camp. High School Sports Awards included lettering all 4 years in Volleyball, Basketball, and Soccer including 4 Coaches Awards and 3 Most Improved Player Awards. Placed 2nd at Recycle Art Project Competition, Lawrence, KS.
Working with homeless populations by serving meals at shelters, collecting food/clothing donations, and cleaning/repairing shelter facilities. Annually, participated with “Sleeping in Boxes” program by sleeping outdoors in late November, in a box with no bedding, wearing limited warm clothing, and eating no food for 24 hours, to bring attention and donations for the homeless populations in our community. Making birthday cards for homeless shelter residents. Working at local Humane Society. Working with Leukemia Society. Preparing and sending care boxes to our troops oversees.
Why I should be Miss Kansas:
I don't have ruby red shoes to “click” like Dorothy for travel, but I do have lots of shoes and many miles under my feet, from my travels across the State of Kansas. I have met people from every corner of the state, whether playing sports, performing vocally, or making appearances in my crown. I am always proud to represent Kansas and would be honored to be your next Miss Kansas and to promote my platform of Fighting Hunger for America’s Kids/Starting with Kansas.
The State of Kansas must come to realize the exponentially growing population of hungry American children, which includes Kansas Kids. Even though Kansas is an agricultural state, Kansas ranks among the top 10 states with the worst hunger problems. Having the opportunity to be a spokesperson for my state would enable me help create awareness to this problem. For the sake of the future of our youth, we must act to decrease the hungry populations by Fighting Hunger for Kansas and America’s Kids.