Miss Kansas USA
The Miss Kansas USA pageant is a competition that selects the representative for the state of Kansas in the Miss USA pageant. The pageant is directed by Vanbros and Associates, headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas. In 1992, the state joined the Vanbros group, under the directorship of Miss Kansas 1998 Jennifer Vannatta-Fisher.
|John M. Vannatta|
Jennifer Vannatta-Fisher, State Pageant Director
Kansas did not place at Miss USA until 1973, the third-to-last state to make their first placement. From then, no delegate from Kansas made the cut until 1991, when Kelli McCarty won the crown. McCarty's win makes Wichita, Kansas the only state to host one Miss USA and Miss Teen USA to win in their home state. This included two first runners-up, including Danielle Boatwright, winner of Survivor: Guatemala, one second runner-up, one third runner-up, and one fourth runner-up, among others. All but three of Kansas's ten placements have been runners-up.
Alyssa Klinzing of Olathe was crowned Miss Kansas USA 2019 on November 25, 2018 at Kansas State Event Center in Mulvane. She represented Kansas for the title of Miss USA 2019 on May 2, 2019 in Reno, Nevada where she placed in the Top 10.
Gallery of titleholdersEdit
- Winners: Kelli McCarty (1991)
- 1st runners-up: Danielle Boatwright (1996), Lindsay Douglas (2002)
- 2nd runners-up: Tavia Shackles (1993), Cara Gorges (2007)
- Top 5/6: Kimberlee Girrens (1992), Tiffany Meyer (2000)
- Top 10/12: Brenda Kopmeyer (1973), Carol Hovenkamp (1994), Alyssa Klinzing (2019)
- Top 15: Bethany Gerber (2010)
Kansas holds a record of 11 placements at Miss USA.
- Best State Costume: Tavia Shackles (1993)
- Most Beautiful Eyes: Tavia Shackles (1993)
- Best in Swimsuit: Danielle Boatwright (1996)
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age1||Placement at Miss USA||Special awards at Miss USA||Notes|
|2020||Miss Kansas USA 2020 will be held on January 19, 2020|
|2019||Alyssa Klinzing||Olathe||20||Top 10|
|2018||Melanie Shaner||Overland Park||20||
|2016||Victoria Wiggins||Junction City||24|
|2014||Audrey Banach||Kansas City||22|
|2012||Gentry Miller||Kansas City||24|
|2010||Bethany Gerber||Winfield||21||Top 15, Finishing in 13th Place|
|2008||Michelle Gillespie||Mission Hills||22|
|2007||Cara Gorges||Clearwater||19||2nd runner-up|
|2004||Lisa Forbes||Overland Park||22||Later Miss Earth USA 2007, USA representative to Miss Earth 2007.|
|2002||Lindsay Douglas||Lawrence||23||1st Runner-up|
|2000||Tiffany Meyer||25||Top 5 (4th)||Previously Miss Missouri Teen USA 1992 Top 6 at Miss Teen USA 1994|
|1997||Kathryn Taylor||Overland Park||24|
|1996||Danielle Boatwright||Tonganoxie||20||1st Runner-up||Best in Swimsuit||Previously Miss Kansas Teen USA 1992 2nd runner up at Miss Teen USA 1992, sports broadcaster and winner of Survivor: Guatemala|
|1994||Carol Hovenkamp||Overland Park||19||Top 12 Semi-finalist, Finishing in 11th Place|
|1993||Tavia Shackles||Shawnee||21||2nd Runner-up||Best State Costume & Most Beautiful Eyes Award||Previously Miss Missouri Teen USA 1990 and top 12 at Miss Teen USA 1990. Later married Clark Hunt.|
|1992||Kimberlee Girrens||Wichita||26||Top 6 Finalist, Finishing in 5th Place||Previously Miss Kansas Teen USA 1986, Later Mrs. Kansas America 2004 under her married name, Kimberlee Easter.|
|1991||Kelli McCarty||Liberal||21||Miss USA 1991||Top 6 finalist at Miss Universe 1991|
Starred as Beth Wallace in the NBC show Passions
|1987||Martina Castle||Overland Park|
|1986||Audra Ockerman||Wichita||Mother of Claire-Bailey Lee Miss Kansas Teen USA 2014|
|1984||Elizabeth Johnson||Prairie View|
|1983||Renee Ruch||Mission||Julia Renee Talge,
Lake Quivera, First Runner-Up
|1982||Stefani Larson||Overland Park|
|1975||Robbin Loomas||Overland Park|
|1973||Brenda Kopmeyer||Overland Park||Semi-finalist|
|1972||Mona Guesnier||Great Bend|
|1971||Nancy Bishop||Overland Park|
|1968||Anne Layton||Baldwin City|
|1966||Pat Ravenscroft||Overland Park|
|1963||Diane Victoria Stalker|
1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
- "Alyssa Klinzing - Pageant Planet". www.pageantplanet.com. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
- "Competition Info". Miss Kansas USA. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
- "Miss Teen Earth USA". Miss Earth USA. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
- "Staci Klinginsmith Crowned Miss Kansas USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. December 3, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Miss Michigan becomes second black Miss USA". Florida Today. 20 February 1993.
- "2004 Mrs America". Retrieved July 9, 2010.
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