The Tribune will profile each of the 20 Miss Kansas contestant in the days preceding Miss Kansas Week, June 2-7.


Miss Hay Capital

Kelli Shay
•Age: 19
•Hometown: Iola
•School: Neosho Co. Community College
•Talent: Jazz dance
•Platform issue: Mentoring

Kelli Shay hasn’t let the fact she has Turret’s Syndrome prevent her from doing what she wants to do. She loves the outdoors and loves bow hunting and fishing. She works at The Kids Kingdom, a children’s center in Iola, as a qualified lead teacher.

As a freshman at Neosho County Community College she was captain of the cheerleading and dance team, and was recruited into the NCCC honors program.

She started mentoring in high school with a kindergarten class and helped them with their homework. She also works with SAFE BASE, an after school program for tutoring children.

Miss High Plains

Shameem Kauffman
•Age: 19
•Hometown: Liberal
•School: University of Kansas
•Talent: Hip hop dance
•Platform issue: Keeping children active

Shameem Kauffman could use herself as an example for her platform issue of “Keeping Children Active” to combat obesity in children. She has received numerous awards for dance competitions and has taught dance to children of all ages at Dance Images. She likes to play volleyball, basketball, running and snowboarding and just about any other organized sport.

Besides her athletic endeavors she also makes crafts and rents movies as hobbies. She has been active in the classroom earning several awards and honors. She has her eyes on a degree in Business from KU.