A 17-year-old Arkansas City teen won the Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen competition Saturday at Pratt Community College. Kristen Boxman, the daughter of Mark and Lynn Boxman, also won awards for lifestyles and fitness and for talent, with a tap dance to "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."
She will compete in the Miss America Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, Fla., in August.
Runners up were:
1st – Tori Meehan, 16, Dodge City
2nd – Megan Keller, 16, Wichita. She also won an academic achievement award.
3rd – Kristin McGee, 17, Bel Aire. She was also named Miss Congeniality, voted by contestants.
4th – Johnnye Ruder, 17, Norton
Seventeen girls, age 13-17, participated.
"They are an amazing group of teens," said MKOT director Lisa Ronen. "They're so refreshing; they take every bit of challenge and advice. They try things. They are so eager to learn."
One purpose of the teen pageant is to serve as a feeder pageant for Miss Kansas. The teen pageant gets stronger every year, and this year, six of the Miss contestants, including two former titleholders, are former teen pageant contestants.