A former Miss Kansas is Miss Incredible. Bekki (Ronen) Walenz, the 2009 state titleholder, read about a contest called “I’m Miss Incredible” on Twitter, submitted the required 60-second video and a week later learned she had been selected as the winner.
The contest is organized and hosted by Mark Ballas, an Emmy-nominated multifaceted performer and singer songwriter. Known for his dynamic energy and bold choreography, Ballas stormed the U.S. scene more than seven years ago, captivating over 20 million viewers a week on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
The contest was held in conjunction with Ballas’ latest single, “Miss Incredible,” that released for sale on iTunes Aug. 3. The contest was an open call to a female of any age in the United States who was “doing amazing things to enhance their lives and the lives of others,” according to Walenz.
As the winner of “I’m Miss Incredible,” she will embark on an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles on Aug. 8, and will be featured in the music video for the song. She will arrive in Los Angeles on Friday evening, will be on set for the music video shoot on Saturday the 9th, and return home to Kansas on Aug. 10.
Walenz is an instructor of trumpet at Kansas State University in Manhattan and works as an adjunct trumpet instructor at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina. She also plays principal trumpet with the Salina Symphony Orchestra and is the column editor for the “journal jr.” column of the International Trumpet Guild quarterly journal, where her articles reach trumpet players in 60 countries.