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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Miss Kansas to use lessons from national competition in Kansas

  • A week ago Carissa Kelley stood in the place she has dreamed about for years and years. And much as she might have imagined hearing her name called and the Miss America crown being placed on her head, she knew when the semifinalists were being named that it just wasn’t in God’s plan for her life.


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  • A week ago Carissa Kelley stood in the place she has dreamed about for years and years. And much as she might have imagined hearing her name called and the Miss America crown being placed on her head, she knew when the semifinalists were being named that it just wasn’t in God’s plan for her life.
    She believes that God must have something pretty special for her as she completes her term as Miss Kansas and she’s excited to see what it is.
    The week-and-a-half activities and the pageant itself is not an easy experience, Kelley said.
    “You think it’s going to be magical and wonderful, and it is. It’s also grueling. It’s hard to keep your focus. You don’t want to let anyone down,” she said, explaining that the pressure to not disappoint was her own, and not placed upon her by anyone else.
    She believes she will be a better Miss Kansas as a result.
    The best part of the time in Las Vegas was not being on the stage, as she had dreamed, but behind the scenes, as contestants were treated to experiences not available to most people.
    “I danced on the rooftop of the Palms Casino,” she said, describing what was possibly the most fun part of the experience. It was also the scariest — she admits to being afraid of heights, and a portion of the roof where a video was being made was glass.
    She comes home to a busy agenda. On Saturday, she will be at a women’s retreat in Wichita with Miss America 2009 Katie Stamm. On Sunday, she will emcee a Miss Kansas preliminary pageant at Kansas State University.
    New preliminary winners are being crowned throughout the winter and early spring, leading to a “sweeps” that will select several contestants and a spring workshop in March before the pageant June 6-9. Preliminary winners are listed at misskansas.org as they are named.
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