Platform: Creativity From the Ground Up
Parents: Carmen & Marvin Smith
School: Friends University
Awards: Non-Finalist - $1,000.00
Complete Musical Theatre Performance Bachelor of Arts Degree; perform professionally as an actress/singer/dancer.
Finished high school a semester early and used that last semester to take college courses; honor roll student all through high school; Received academic, vocal, and drama scholarships to Emporia State and Friends University.
Volunteered at my local library in middle school; volunteered at my church nursery throughout high school; taught 3rd grade Sunday School for 1 year at West E. Free Church; performed, directed, and wrote skits for Christ's Characters high school drama troupe; Went on two Bridging Urban Missions Projects: L.A., and Denver, and lead drama/music in a Vacation Bible School program for the local children. My team of six spent time reaching out to the local homeless people, and helping connect the VBS children to their local church; also lead music and drama at a similar local summer VBS program: Hilltop Urban Ministries, three summers in a row.
Won first in my dance category at Talent on Parade Nationals in Branson at 15; started performing professionally at Crown Uptown Professional Theatre at age 19; Overcame constant anxiety and excessive panic attacks through counseling and life changes.
Home school all through high school; spent five years training, performing and competing as a swing, latin, and ballroom dancer at a local dance studio; self-proclaimed book worm; lover of hands-on hobbies such as creative writing, baking, knitting, photography, sewing dresses, and many more; have a Marine brother and two redheaded sisters; dad's favorite nickname for me: Joy-lee-pies.
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Why I should be Miss Kansas:
Once, I was told by a friend that if my energy could be harnessed, we would have fantastic renewable energy source to power the nation infinitely. While I am not sure that is entirely true, I do know that I have a lot of passion that will make an incredible impact if given the right tools. I have a passion for the arts and for making a difference in my community. I believe in volunteerism, and being a good role model for our younger generation. I would like to see a community where the arts are an essential part of every child's education. My enthusiasm is endless when I think of the possibility of making these ideals a reality. I will make an unforgettable Miss Kansas because I will change lives. I want for everyone to find the 'joy' (no pun intended) in discovering the arts that I have found in my pursuits of musical theatre. It reminds me of the theatre saying, “Go big or go home”, in other words, never do anything half-way. That is how I think we should live our whole lives, as if every day is the final performance. Let's give it everything we have!You never know who you might inspire!