Trisha Schaffer - Miss Kansas 1994
Trisha Schaffer-Simpson is a native of Liberal, Kansas. Her involvement in pageantry began as a high school junior seeking potential scholarship monies for college. In 1990, Trisha was awarded the title of Young Woman of the Year/Kansas Jr. Miss, sending her to the national pageant in Mobile, Alabama. Her first success was followed quickly by competing in the Miss Kansas organization, winning the Miss Liberal, Miss Heartland, and Miss Southwest pageants. In 1994, Trisha won the coveted title of Miss Kansas, which propelled her to the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. At the Miss American pageant, Trisha was named as one of the top 10 finalists, and received a Primary Talent Award for her vocal rendition of “Orange Colored Sky”.
During her tenure as Miss Kansas, Trisha visited schools across the state, educating young people on the benefits of a lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise.
Following her term as Miss Kansas, Trisha returned to Kansas State University to finish her studies, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Nutrition. Thanks to the Miss America organization, Trisha not only finished her studies debt-free, but had the added bonus of a new computer, fur coat, and car!
Now married to her Miss Kansas driver and sweetheart, Tyler Simpson, Trisha lives in Raymore, Missouri. She has 4 amazing children, Cully (12), Jesse (10), Trey (8), and Brenna (6). Trisha and Tyler own and manage their own business, Sky Blue Inc.
Trisha is active in the PTA at the children’s schools, and volunteers her time to assist with various school projects. She enjoys shuttling the children and their friends around to their sporting events and dance classes.
Although most of Mrs. Simpson’s time is spent loving and supporting her husband and children, she finds a little time for some of her other loves: gardening, reading, walking, and coffee with friends. Trisha is very active in her local church, and devotes much time and energy to a variety of areas there. She has rekindled her passion for dance currently studies adult modern, dance fitness and tap.
Trisha’s life is very full, but she gratefully admits that “life is truly good!”