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Miss Kansas titles on the line at Lied Center this weekend

Contestants for the Miss Kansas USA and Miss Kansas Teen USA went through orientation Friday at the Lawrence Holidome.

Contestants for the Miss Kansas USA and Miss Kansas Teen USA went through orientation Friday at the Lawrence Holidome.

December 19, 2008

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Eyes on the crowns: Pageant contestants vie for 2 titles

Two Miss Kansas titles are on the line in Lawrence this weekend. Contestants began arriving today for the Miss Kansas USA and Miss Kansas Teen USA pageants. Enlarge video

Alexis Rewalt, right, Miss South Johnson County Teen USA, chats with the reigning Miss Kansas Teen USA on Friday during a break in registration. Contestants for the Miss Kansas USA and Miss Kansas Teen USA went through orientation Friday at the Lawrence Holidome.

Alexis Rewalt, right, Miss South Johnson County Teen USA, chats with the reigning Miss Kansas Teen USA on Friday during a break in registration. Contestants for the Miss Kansas USA and Miss Kansas Teen USA went through orientation Friday at the Lawrence Holidome.

Two crowns will be at stake this weekend in Lawrence.

The Miss Kansas USA and Miss Teen Kansas USA pageants return to Lawrence for a third year. The preliminary round will be 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lied Center, and the finals will be 6:45 p.m. Sunday there.

“It’s something that really prepares the girls for the future because you’re always going to have interviews. You’re always going to be presenting yourself in front of people so it helps them to grow,” said Karen Elliott, executive coordinator for VanBros and Associates, organizer of the annual pageants.

Thirty contestants from across the state will compete in the teen competition, and 26 contestants are scheduled to compete for the 2009 Miss Kansas USA crown. The winners go on to the national Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions.

Throughout the weekend, they will have to impress judges in an evening gown and swimsuit competitions and an interview.

“They’ll be on stage in front of hundreds of people, and they’ll have to carry themselves in a manner with self confidence,” Elliott said.

The Miss Kansas USA competitors include Miss De Soto USA Morgan Kopecky; Miss Douglas County USA Trisha Tyree; Miss Jayhawk USA Allie Wilmes, a Kansas University student; Miss Lansing USA Cassie Blankenship; Miss Rock Chalk USA Ashley Blanchat, a KU student; Miss South Lawrence USA Trinity Wright; and Miss Wichita USA Megan Bushell, who won Miss Kansas in 2004, the other major state pageant.

In the teen pageant, Miss Baldwin City Teen USA Olivia Catloth and Miss West Johnson County Teen USA Jennifer Ray are among the competitors.

Michelle Gillespie, of Mission Hills, won the Miss Kansas USA title last year, and Jessie Colonna, of Leawood, won the Miss Kansas Teen USA title.

Tickets are available at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, or at the center's Web site.

Comments

jaywalker 5 years, 4 months ago

Beauty contests are sexist, misplaced? Why? Because they don't let men compete? Not a fan of them, but only think it's ridiculous when it involves children. Otherwise, outrage like misplaced's is more dumb than the comp. Find something that's worth your indignation, seems to me these girls like such competitions, and they're not nearly as worthless as Hot Dog eating, etc. Yes, looks are highly valued in our society. Wiping out these things ain't gonna change it.

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scootterxlch 5 years, 4 months ago

natural selection at workdarwin would be proud

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persevering_gal 5 years, 4 months ago

Love the comment rodent! :) Anyone could learn a little something from Miss Congeniality.

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bkreed1960 5 years, 4 months ago

It isn't in Pratt because that is for Miss Kansas part of the Miss America Pageant and this is for Miss USA.

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rodentgirl16 5 years, 4 months ago

It's NOT a beauty pageant, it's a scholarship competition! (Anyone? Anyone?) Oy...

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notnowdear 5 years, 4 months ago

They are not doing it in Pratt anymore?WHY?

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Christine Anderson 5 years, 4 months ago

I am going to puke! Beauty contests are sexist and sickening!! What are we teaching our daughters; that physical appearance is paramount? Oh I know, we stick a few references to scholarship in there, talent, and the all-important interview questions. To which most of the bubbleheads will answer, "I just want world peace."What would happen if a young woman entered one of these things, with an I.Q. of 140, a solid record of community service, outstanding character, a beautiful singing voice or comparable talent, but she happened to have crooked teeth, unbleached hair, next to no cleavage, etc. You get the idea. That sort of woman would not stand a chance. Why? Because no matter how we deny it, our society still values looks above all else.

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Confrontation 5 years, 4 months ago

Judgesmells, it's so nice of you to think of me, loser, Go back to your dirty mags.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 4 months ago

Well at least the orientation was not a repeat of Arthur and Chalmers orientation...

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 4 months ago

“It’s something that really prepares the girls for the future because you’re always going to have interviews."Do you suppose one of the questions will be whether Africa is a continent or a country?

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Shardwurm 5 years, 4 months ago

These must be the ones who are watching. They can't be the candidates.

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waka1 5 years, 4 months ago

dude i am going to ditch the down town sceen this week end and hang out a round the holaday inn hot

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Judgesmails 5 years, 4 months ago

wow, cant believe 'confrontation' hasnt hated on these girls yet...the good, the bad and the ugly aka confrontation

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