One of the largest and most diverse group of contestants ever will travel to Pratt KS this week to compete in the annual Miss Kansas and Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen Pageant with the winners crowned on Sat., June 10. The preliminary competition will be held June 7 and 8.

This year, at least three women of color are participating in the pageant. They are: Miss Heart of Kansas, Maci Necole Johnson; Miss Butler County, Kayla Hawkins; and Miss Leavenworth County 2017, Miranda Flemming.

The Miss Kansas Organization Co-Executive Director, Doug Brehm remarked, “We are very pleased with the number of intelligent, ambitious and talented young women who have qualified for the competition,” Brehm said. “It will be a challenging task for the judges to choose the next Miss Kansas and Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen.”

Miss Kansas contestants will compete in five phases of competition, including lifestyle & fitness in swimwear, talent, evening gown, private interview and on-stage question. During the competition, each contestant will also discuss her chosen platform, a social or community issue of concern to herself and our society at large. The winner of the 2017 Miss Kansas Pageant will be award scholarship funds for her college or graduate school education. In addition, she will have use of a vehicle sponsored by Mel Hambelton Ford of Wichita, Kansas, and many other generous sponsorships. Other special awards given during the competition include the Tara Dawn Holland Quality of Life Scholarship awarding a 2017 contestant for their outstanding achievements in their personal platform.

Miss Kansas 2017 will compete for the Miss America title in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 2017. Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen 2017 will compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding in Orlando, Florida, in July.

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