Thanks to everyone who entered this year, those who voted online for our People’s Choice Award and to our celebrity judges who picked our other winners from a tough group of competitors.  

2019 Mother-Daughter 1st Place – Judged

Patricia “Cookie” McCullough of Kansas City, is in supply management for GSA and her daughter Danielle Stegall from Overland Park, is a Financial Service Rep.

What is your fondest memory of your mother? My fondest memory with my mother is when we went on a road trip to St. Louis to see Beyoncé!

The best advice from your mother? The best advice I’ve received from my mother is to always be myself and do whatever makes me happy in life!

I find my self saying, “Oh, I’m turning into my mother when I …” When I’m at work and I have placed things in a certain spot, a certain way and someone either moves it or miss places it. I never knew how annoying it could be until it started happening to me.

What do the two of you enjoy doing together and why? We enjoy shopping, traveling, going out for a meal and she (Danielle) is always willing to go with me wherever I ask her anytime. She is awesome in this way.

Besides your looks, how are you two alike? Organization skills, our pickiness with food choices, our personalities are similar if we are together at an event and I am ready to leave she is usually ready as well before I can even say anything. Once we leave and I tell her why I was ready to go, it is almost always the same reason she was ready to go.

Name some of the qualities you see in your daughter that you passed down to her. I have to have thing a certain way whether it is food or clothing, hair, she has to as well. She is focused on life experiences and loves a challenge She is always learning new things and striving for more. Being resilient and positive thinking, also being resourceful. She has determination and is very persistent. Danielle is very sociable she has an outgoing personality. I am so that person as well.

2019 Mother-Daughter – People’s Choice – Facebook Voting

Larissa Sooter is a Service Writer/Admin and her daughter Jessica Sooter is a Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy K9 Handler. The mother and daughter duo live in Independence, MO.

What do the two of you enjoy doing together and why? We enjoy doing everything together, going on vacations, shopping, eating dinner, just hanging out. We enjoy it because we have always been so close.

Besides your looks, how are you two alike? We are both loud, outgoing and the life of the party. She is my Mini Me.

Name some of the qualities you see in your daughter that you passed down to her? Her facial expressions, attitude, work ethic, determination, love for animals, gratitude, love for family and friends, beauty, and her willingness to always help others when needed.

Where you don’t think you’re much alike, tell us how you differ. She will be the first to speak her mind before me.

What is your fondest memory of your mother? My mom is my best friend, we make so many memories together they are all my favorite! I would have to say my favorite memories we make are our vacations we take! We go on at least one vacation a year, usually out of the country and she always makes it a blast!

The best advice from your mother? That no matter what kind of rough time I am going through she will always have my back and be my best friend! My mom has also always taught me to be a strong independent individual!

I find my self saying, “Oh, I’m turning into my mother when I …” We both have a hard time hiding our facial expressions! It doesn’t have to come out of our mouths to know exactly what we are thinking! I am literally a younger version of my mom!

2019 Mother-Daughter 2nd Place – Judged

Theresa Lee-Covington is a correctional facility supervisor and her daughter, Char’Maine Lee, is an Advanced Medical Support Assistant at Leavenworth VA Medical Center. They both live in Leavenworth.

What is your fondest memory of your mother? The day she told me and my sister that she was pregnant and it was another girl.

The best advice from your mother? Never give up, no matter how tough things may seem. Always remember this is only a test and God always has me. Continue to keep my faith in God and remember that family is always here for me. She loves me no matter what I do and that she is always here for me.

I find my self saying, “Oh, I’m turning into my mother when I …” find myself scolding my son, drinking tea, the way I dress at times. My personality mimics my mom at times especially when someone says something crazy to me and I give them a crazy look. Haha, I sound like my mom on the phone which is pretty crazy, too.

Things we enjoy together: 1. Praise Dance – It has really brought us closer to see how creative she has become through worshipping with the movements and music. 2. Shopping – Even if we say we don’t have the money, we always pull from our “secret stash” 3. Pedicures & Manicures- Need I say more!

How we are alike? Both of us are U.S. Army veterans, have a love for caring for elderly, and will give the shirt off of our backs for our family/friends, enjoy the simple things in life, of all the daughters we are the most alike.

Qualities passed on to your daughter. The ability to stand strong (firm) when facing life’s challenges with grace, beauty, and style. Overcoming what people have to say about any situation, standing still and listening to our inner voices and being lead by the spirit. Being true to ourself, by rediscovering ourself and loving the best skin we are in. Standing strong and finishing what you start no matter the outcome, God is in control. My strength, my love, my Charli.

2019 Mother-Daughter 3rd Place – Judged

LaDonna Battles a customer service rep. and her daughter, Nia, a 10th grade student, live in Kansas City, MO.

What do the two of you enjoy doing together and why? I don’t like doing it but when we work out together. I like that she wants me to be healthy and is willing to help me do better. She is a really tough trainer/coach! She doesn’t let me cheat, give up, or half do it when I say I can’t. She will do whatever she needs to get me through it.

We go to a lot of dance performances like Alvin Ailey.

We also attend a lot of events at the Kauffman Center, the Folly, and the GEM theater.

Besides your looks, how are you two alike? We both love God, sleep, good food, and music!

She’s very active in church, working in the youth department and praise dancing, just like I was at her age.

Neither of us like getting up in the morning. She’s done several reports about school starting later. Whereas I keep trying to convince my job that if I could just come in at 10 a.m. instead of 8 a.m., I’d be much more productive.

Name some of the qualities you see in your daughter that you passed down to her. A desire to help people, which I think also, comes from my mother, a missionary. I seem to have gotten the same trait, helping others any way I can. Nia does the same – helping friends cope, with homework, and just trying to inspire them to be better.

If you don’t think you’re much alike, tell us how you differ. I am more extroverted where she is more of the quiet observer.

She loves sweets especially ice cream, and me – not so much

What is your fondest memory of your mother? Racing against each other to finish the same book. We are reading “Becoming” by Michelle Obama next.

Whenever we spend quality time together like when we went to St. Louis, MO to see Madea’s Farewell Tour for my 16th Birthday.

The best advice from your mother? Love and help people if you can without looking for payback.

I find my self saying, “Oh, I’m turning into my mother when I …” When I answer the phone and people don’t know I’m not her.