The Miss Kansas and Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen contestants gathered in Pratt April 23 for an orientation session to review the tentative pageant schedule and review their requirements progress for the pageant.

It's over a month away but the Miss Kansas Pageant contestants have been very busy with appearances and meeting obligations for the pageant.

The Miss and Outstanding Teen contestants gathered in Pratt for Contestant Orientation on Sunday, April 10. The purpose of the orientation meeting was to brief them on the schedule and logistics of pageant week, said Lisa Perez Miller, Miss Kansas co-executive director.

Each contestant provided an update on their progress of several of Miss Kansas achievement award areas including Sunflower Princess recruitment, Miss Kansas program book salute page sales, Children's Miracle Network Hospital fundraising and their activities on Miss America Serves Day on April 8.

Orientation was also a chance for contestants to meet their director's and local team.

Local contestant Miranda Flemming captured the Miss Leavenworth title and will be competing in the Miss pageant for the first time. Flemming said she was pleased with her efforts. She expects to have 25 Sunflower Princesses for the pageant.

The Sunflower Princess program provides an opportunity for little girls to have a mentoring day with the Miss and Teen contestants plus get to be introduced on stage at the Miss Pageant and do a pre show performance on Finals night.

Flemming said she has also raised $350 for the CMNH program and more is coming. On her Miss America Service Day she helped Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen Paige Kauffman host a golf tournament and raised money from golfers on a hole for longest drive.

The contestants had a workshop in February. Orientation was a chance to meet all contestants and get to know them better.

"The (orientation) weekend was great. I absolutely loved it. I made new pageant friends and it was great to be around them," Flemming said.

Flemming was in the Princess program several years and was in the Teen pageant once.

The Miss Kansas Pageant is held at Pratt Community College. Miss Kansas Preliminaries are Wednesday and Thursday, June 7 and 8 with finals on Saturday, June 10.