Miss Kansas 2013: Theresa Marie Vail
Miss Kansas 2013 brings some unusual qualifications and previous titles to the job.
Theresa Marie Vail, 22, of Manhattan, has earned titles of expert marksman and Soldier of the Month; she's the director of public relations for the hunting company Suburban Woodsman and is CEO and founder of the Miss Outdoor Girl brand.
She also sings opera and won a preliminary talent award Thursday for her performance of "Nessun Dorma." She added a second silver tray Friday for the swimsuit honors.
Her parents are Joy and Mark Vail and she has eight siblings. She is a senior at Kansas State University, majoring in Chinese and chemistry.
In the final phase of competition, she gave a prepared answer to the question: "From the classroom to the boardroom, from 5 to 95, Miss Kansas must be real and relatable. How do you meet that definition?"
"I've been a representative of the state since I joined the Kansas Army National Guard six years ago. It doesn't get more real than that."
She receives a $5,000 scholarship given by the Miss Kansas Scholarship Foundation and The Peoples Bank and the right to compete at the Miss America Pageant, which returns to its Atlantic City, N.J., birthplace in September.
Ashley Ulmer, 24, of Whitewater, is the first runner up. The First National Bank in Pratt presents her a $1,500 scholarship.
Alyssa Marsh, 21, of Overland Park and a student at Pittsburg State University, is the second runner up. She receives a $1,250 scholarship donated by First State Bank and Trust.
Danielle Hill, 23, of Overland Park and a student at Cleveland Chiropractic College, is the third runner up. Pratt Internal Medicine Group will present a $1,200 scholarship.
Hannah Langley, 21, of Winfield, and a student at Oklahoma State University, is the fourth runner up. She receives an $1,100 scholarship.
Rounding out the Top 10 were:
Annika Wooten, of Glen Valley, Va., student at the University of Kansas
Chelsea Chilcott, Derby
Hannah Fox, Overland Park
Kelsey Phillips, 20, Wichita
Kelcey Clites, 20, El Dorado