Platform: Mentoring Creativity and Self-Confidence Through Children's Theater
Parents: Mona and Michael Melvin
School: Emporia State University
Jennifer Vannatta Inspiration Award: $250.00
To act professionally and to teach Theater at the university level
Presidential Academic Fitness Award of Excellence – 2 years, Who’s Who Among American High School Students – 4 years, National Honor Society, All American Scholar, National Society of High School Scholars, All A Honor Roll, Emporia State University Athletic Director’s Student Athlete Academic Award
United States Achievement Academy Leadership and Service Award, IHS LINK Crew Leadership Class, Editor-in-Chief of The Messenger (IHS School Newspaper), Captain of IHS Spirit Squad Cheerleader and Dance Team, Captain of Emporia State University Stingers Dance and Cheer Team, President of Senior Class, Music and Exchange Chairman of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Officer in many other high school clubs, Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization
Kansas State Forensics Champion in both Humorous Solo Acting and Improvisational Duet Acting, Head of the Pointe Department of South Street Dance Company, National Dance Winner (Top Entertainer) at Talent on Parade, UCA All American Cheerleader, USAA Cheerleader of Merit, Who’s Who Among American Sports for Cheerleading, IHS Homecoming Queen, Many Top 1st and Overall Dance Awards at New York City Dance Alliance, Talent on Parade, Tremaine, Dupree Dance Expo, and Rainbow Connections Dance Competitions, Lead roles in many Iola Community Theater, Iola High School, and Emporia State University Plays and Musicals, Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Scholarship Nominee, NY Open Jar
I have a twin brother; I am ¼ Munsee Delaware Indian. My valentine is my niece Klaira. My siblings and I all have names that begin with “M”, as do my parents, several of my cousins, and all of my mother’s siblings – even the dog was named “M”! I can sing inside my mouth and have even done so while standing on my head to raise money for a charity event. I danced at the Miss Kansas Pageant when I was a little girl.
Staff member of Children’s Summer Theater Workshop for several years, Dance Teacher at South Street Dance Company (tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theater) for 7 years, Emporia State University Summer Theater Program and Educational Theater Company, Adjunct Instructor at Spotlight Dance Academy
Why I should be Miss Kansas:
I am a passionate person who gives my all in any endeavor and I would represent our state of Kansas in an excellent manner. I could also reach out to many children with my Children’s Theater platform-children whose talents may never otherwise be tapped or recognized and rewarded!