This evening I was having a conversation with my mother about Miss Kansas preparation. We began talking about the fact that perhaps my life with change on June 11th. There is a chance, just as there is for every Miss Kansas contestant, that I could go to sleep on June 11th as the new Miss Kansas. Tonight that really truly sunk in to my heart. But there's a bigger thought that hit even harder.
This picture on the left was taken five years ago this summer. Obviously, my unstoppable friend Matt and I had just gotten out of a paint war at YESS Camp, a camp for kids with special needs that I work at. While scrolling through old photos, I came across this one and my heart melted. I texted my mom,
"can you imagine me coming home to visit YESS Camp with a Miss Kansas Crown? What if I could walk in and say, 'I'm going to Miss America to make sure that the nation knows that you deserve respect and are absolutely unstoppable"".
At that moment I felt a rush of excitement and emotion.
To these kids, I have been a friend, volunteer, rec staff, nurse, advocate, swim instructor, along with many other things. I have been their biggest fan, and I have been the one to push them to strive for excellence. But this year, this year I could be their Miss Kansas. This year I could be their Miss America. A Miss America that speaks on their behalf, a Miss America that is eager to get to Wichita,KS to visit her best friends from YESS Camp. A Miss America who show the nation that they are unstoppable.
I have had many labels and positions around these kids, and I would be honored to be their Miss America.