KU junior wins Miss Kansas

? Kansas University junior Angelea Busby was crowned the new Miss Kansas on Saturday.

Busby, 21, of Lenexa, qualified for the state pageant as Miss Cheney Lake. She was the first first-time contestant for Miss Kansas to win the crown since 1980.

Four of the five finalists were first-timers at the state pageant, according to organizers. Among them were first runner-up Alaina Fenton, 21, of Topeka, and second runner-up Hillary Gaston, 18, of Belle Plaine.

Busby is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and plans to attend law school at KU.

Fenton, who entered the state pageant as Miss Sundance, is a junior at Friends University in Wichita, where she is pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance.

Other KU students competing were Miss Southern Kansas, Alicia Gian, Garden City senior; Miss Topeka, Sara Hidalgo, Topeka senior; and Miss Capitol City, Carol Toland, Iola senior.

Busby will advance to the Miss America pageant later this year in Atlantic City, N.J.