To: Miss Kansas Organization Candidates, Volunteers and Sponsors:
As we consider the continued progress on COVID response in Kansas, we are excited to confirm that we continue to plan for the Miss Kansas and the Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen Competitions this summer on the campus of Pratt Community College (PCC) in Pratt, Kansas.
Our experiences over the last year have challenged us in many ways, however we plan to adjust as needed to continue planning for competition. The pandemic has both forced and allowed us to change the way we support education and development of young women in our state. Additionally, it allows us to look at new opportunities to provide meaningful connections for our dedicated volunteers and sponsors.
In consideration of current and projected pandemic restrictions, the need to meet Miss America expectations, and a desire to host competitions that are most beneficial to both candidates and supporters, the Miss Kansas Organization is excited to announce the following date changes for the 2021 competition:
- The Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen 2021 Competition will be held on Saturday, June 12 in Carpenter Auditorium.
- The Miss Kansas 2021 final competition will be held on Saturday, July 10, in the Dennis Lesh Arena, with preliminary competitions on July 8 and 9.
- MKSOTeen Orientation May 2nd, 2021
- Miss Kansas Orientation June 13, 2021
Further detail regarding the competition will be released in the next few weeks as we continue to evaluate the best possible plan to ensure the safety of all participants, and provide the quality competition experience our candidates, volunteers and sponsors have come to expect.
Never before has Kansas’ State Motto been more appropriate. The Miss Kansas Organization plans to capture the opportunities provided by these challenges to reach “the stars through difficulties”. With safety as a first priority, we plan to continue our legacy and look forward to celebrating with everyone in June and July!
Miss Kansas Board of Directors
Sue Givens, Chair
John Rolfe, President
Danielle Bias, Secretary
Doug Brehm, Ex-Officio Counsel
The Miss Kansas Organization, Inc. Board of Directors Announces Selection of New Board Members and Officers
For immediate release June 12, 2020
Following their annual meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, the Miss Kansas Organization, Inc. (MKO) Board announced today the addition of longtime state volunteers Stephanie Harris and Danielle Bias to the Board of Directors.
Harris, currently serves as Executive Director of the organization and has been a Miss Kansas volunteer in a variety of roles for 18 years. Bias, who first served the organization as a judge, has been a volunteer for 7 years, presently serving as Director of the Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen program and as Communications Coordinator for MKO.
In other action, the board unanimously elected board member Sue Givens as incoming Chair. During Givens’ 28 years of service to the organization she has served in a number of roles including Producer for the Miss Kansas Competition, State Field Director, Booking Manager and as a board member of the Miss Kansas Scholarship Foundation.
Bias, Givens and Harris each has ties to Pratt. Harris is a Pratt native whose parents still reside in Pratt. Givens was a longtime Pratt educator and former Principal at Liberty Middle School. Bias attended and graduated from Pratt Community College. All three credit their connection to Pratt as an integral part of their work with the Miss Kansas Organization.
The board also unanimously elected John Rolfe as President and Danielle Bias as Secretary/Treasurer of the Miss Kansas Organization, Inc. Before joining the MKO board in 2019, Rolf had also served as a judge for the state competition.
Krystian Fish-Caywood, Miss Kansas 2017, joins Bias, Givens, Harris, and Rolf as a returning MKO board member, and also serves the organization, alongside her husband Logan, as the Miss Kansas Booking Managers. All MKO board members and officers serve the organization as volunteers.
The Sunflower Program is a mentoring program for children ages 5-12 (as of May 31, 2021) who have an interest in learning about citizenship, leadership, volunteerism, and have a future interest in the Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen and Miss Kansas programs.
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Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen
Official State Teen Competition of the Miss Kansas Organization
Purpose: The purpose of the Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen program is to provide an opportunity for teens to win scholarships, develop poise, confidence, stage presence, enhance interview skills and speaking ability. Candidates will also gain knowledge about volunteerism, leadership and community service.
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Local Pageants are an integral part of the Miss Kansas system and are conducted using official Miss America rules.
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