Miss Kansas 2000 - Amy Lea Shaw
Hometown: Derby, Kansas
Education: Graduate of Wichita State University
B.A. in General Studies
Emphasis in Biology, Sociology and Psychology
Amy’s Platform: Mentoring – “Help Pave the Way”
“I believe that every person has the obligation to find a positive role model and to become a positive mentor for another individual.”
Background and Accomplishments:
Amy Lea Shaw began participating in pageants at the age of 18. She was excited to become involved, as she knew the talent she acquired while practicing piano since the age of 4 was a gift worth showcasing. She was especially interested in the opportunity to receive college scholarships. In fact, she paid for her entire college education with scholarship dollars from the Miss America Organization.
Amy was a winner of over $18,000 in scholarship monies from the Miss America Organization. Her awards and recognitions include:
• 1998: Miss Kansas Marge Savage Best Instrumentalist Award
• 1998: Top Ten Finalist at Miss Kansas
• 2000: Miss Kansas Tara Dawn Holland Community Service 3rd Place
Amy was instrumental in forming the partnership between the Miss Kansas Organization and the State of Kansas. She also helped establish primary lines of communication between the Miss Kansas Organization and “Models and Images”.
During her reign as Ms. Kansas, Amy spoke to over 250 schools and organizations on mentoring. As the spokesperson for the Kansas Children’s Service League, she also spoke to children about drug and alcohol prevention. She has been a personal consultant and mentor for many contestants competing in various pageant organizations. She worked and spoke for United Way of the Plains, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, New Friends, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Since her year of service as Miss Kansas 2000, Amy Lea Shaw has accomplished many of the goals she had set for herself during her year, although many of those goals have shifted as she has matured. Though having had completed her degree in Biology from Wichita State University, Amy is definitely not working in the medical field! Back at her original job in sales for a television station, Amy works as an account executive with KWCH and the Kansas CW in Wichita. This job gives her the opportunity to help businesses on a daily basis to improve their bottom line and succeed.
Amy is engaged and will be married in September 2008 to her soul mate, Jason Perrault. Jason is a former member of the Air Force and served 4 tours overseas for our country. This sacrifice has reminded Amy about how important it is to give back and also how truly important it is to embrace your faith with God.
In their spare time, Jason and Amy love to spend time together, attend regular functions at Central Christian Church, workout, play with their black lab puppy, Jax, and entertain their friends. Most recently, Amy is extremely interested in working with girls to prepare not only for pageants, but also for life and its challenges.