The focus of Vanbros from the beginning, is for this program to provide a fair environment in which young women have the opportunity to better themselves. We hope the pageant encourages the contestants to gain self-awareness, self-confidence, individual pride and greater social awareness. We hope each contestant improves her ability to communicate effectively, speak in front of people, and stand up for her beliefs. We encourage our contestants to find issues she feel's strongly about, and to become involved in organizations and causes that speak to her heart. Each young lady who enters this program has different goals, and we strive hard to assist each young woman in her own personal quest.
Regardless of what your future career plans are, this is an environment that can open many exciting doors. Each year, career connections are made by contestants during their pageant experience! Or, maybe you have not decided yet on a future career path. That’s okay too because maybe this experience will help you find something you want to do with your life. This could even be your chance to get "discovered!" It’s happened to many young women before!
We're especially proud of the fact that many contestants each year have never been in a pageant and they find it to be a rewarding and worthwhile experience. Many have won on their first attempt, and many others return because it was a positive experience. We like to believe that each young woman who participates in our pageant leaves a little more prepared to deal with the world around them, and more importantly, the world ahead of them! Basically, our philosophy for the MISS KANSAS USA & MISS KANSAS TEEN USA Pageant is not about encouraging young women to ‘win’ a pageant, but to encourage excellence in young women, and to help them develop life skills that will ultimately help them win in life by being the best they can be in everything they do.
The winners of our State Pageant will each embark on an exciting journey, and receive a prize package including cash, wardrobe, and travel.
While our program places an emphasis on excellence, achievement, and personal growth, we also strive to make the pageant experience FUN! The pageant is a two day event.
On the first day, it's fun, fun, fun! The contestants enjoy getting to know the pageant staff and other contestants. The day is full of rehearsals. We bring in a choreographer and a producer, who will put together a great show. The day concludes with the Presentation Show. During the Presentation Show, each contestant is presented to the judges in the preliminary active wear/swimwear and evening gown competitions.
The second day begins with the personal interview competition. During the interviews, each contestant has the opportunity to meet individually with each judge for a four minute interview. Each contestant has the opportunity to convince the judges she is right for the job of MISS KANSAS USA or MISS KANSAS TEEN USA. Following the interviews, the contestants return to the theater for more rehearsals. The second day ends with the Coronation Show. At the end of the final show, we will have a new MISS KANSAS USA & MISS KANSAS TEEN USA.
The winner of MISS KANSAS USA will advance to the nationally televised MISS USA Pageant, and the winner of the MISS KANSAS TEEN USA title will advance to the MISS TEEN USA Pageant. Should MISS KANSAS USA go on to win MISS USA, she would then advance to the ultimate contest... the internationally televised MISS UNIVERSE Pageant.
Each Contestant will compete in three equal phases of preliminary competition: active wear/swimsuit, evening gown, and interview. The scores from the preliminary phases of competition are added up, and the contestants with the highest composite scores become semifinalists. The number of semifinalists will be between 10 and 15, and will be determined by the total number of contestants in the competition.
Scoring is based on the following:
Active Wear/Swimsuit: each contestant is evaluated on her physical fitness, stage-presence, and overall impression.
Evening Gown: each contestant is evaluated on grace, poise, style, stage presence, the confidence with which she carries herself, and overall-impression.
Interview: preliminary interviews are personal one-on-one style. You will have four minute interviews with each of the five judges. It's very comfortable and conversational. Contestants are scored on their communication skills, and personality. They are NOT scored on their opinions or personal beliefs.
Once the semifinalists are announced during the final show, they will again compete in swimsuit and evening gown. These two phases of competition will narrow the field to a group of five finalists.
The top-5 will then each have an on-stage interview. The interview will be conducted by the emcee. She will ask them a question submitted by a fellow contestant and one submitted by a judge. The interview will end with one randomly selected question unrelated to their bio, and submitted prior to the show by either the panel of judges or the contestants. After the top-5 interviews, the judges will make the final rankings based on their overall impression of each contestant. The judges will select a winner, 1st runner-up, 2nd runner-up, 3rd runner-up, and 4th runner-up in each age group.
Each contestant will need rehearsal clothing (sweats, sweatshirts, tennis shoes, etc.), and a business casual outfit for registration. The required competition and stage wardrobe is as follows:
Private Interview: An outfit that represents your personality and you feel comfortable wearing. This can range from casual to business oriented, but something you would find in your own closet.
Active Wear (TEEN): You will be competing in athletic wear as opposed to swimwear this year. You will need an athletic style sports bra and may chose between compression pants and compression shorts. You can select any color or pattern. Reflect your personality. No customized text (your name or title) is allowed. Wear coordinating tennis or gym shoes.
Swimsuit (MISS): Miss contestants may chose between one and two-piece suits. However, adequate coverage is required and no thongs are allowed. Swimsuits may be any appropriate style, and design, and there are no color restrictions. Patterns and prints are also acceptable.
Evening Gown: all contestants must have a full-length evening gown of their choice. The style, design, and color is up to you. It can be elaborate, or very simple. Choose something that makes you feel like Cinderella. Your gown should represent YOUR own personality and taste. Remember, you can look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks! Teens are encouraged to wear gowns that reflect a more youthful style and look than the Miss contestants.
Fashion Show Opening Introductions: NEW! Beginning this year, we will no longer have an opening number dance routine. Each contestant will select an outfit of their choice to wear in a runway style FASHION SHOW INTRODUCTION. Select an outfit that reflects your own personality, style and sense of fashion. You can select a dress, pants, shorts, jumpsuit/romper of any color or print with coordinating footwear and any accessories (NO FULL LENGTH GOWNS or FLOOR LENGTH TRAINS). Please make sure your outfit is in good taste! Have fun and show your personality! You may select a fashion show opening outfit that can also be worn during your private interview (refer to the private interview information above).
How to Enter:
After reviewing all of the information on our Web site, if you have an interest in becoming a contestant, click on "Apply Today" above and follow the easy steps. There is NO fee required to apply. Once we receive your application, it will be reviewed by a selection committee. If your application is approved, you’ll be contacted by the pageant office.
Miss Kansas USA & Teen USA is the official preliminary to the Miss USA & Miss Teen USA pageants.
The winner of Miss Kansas USA & competes at the Miss USA pageant, representing Kansas, for a chance to win the title of Miss USA and further go on to compete at Miss Universe. Miss Kansas USA has four phases of competition that include: private interview, on-stage question, evening gown and swimsuit. In order to compete for Miss Kansas USA you must be at least 18 years old and under 28 years of age before January 1st in the year they hope to compete in the Miss USA pageant and you need to have won a preliminary title.
Check out the winners of the Miss Kansas USA pageants in the past:
Miss Kansas USA 2020 - Hayden Brax
Miss Kansas USA 2019 – Alyssa Klinzing
Miss Kansas USA 2018 – Melanie Shaner
Miss Kansas USA 2017 – Catherine Carmichael
Miss Kansas USA 2016 – Victoria Wiggins
Miss Kansas USA 2015 – Alexis Railsback
Miss Kansas USA 2014 – Audrey Banach
Miss Kansas USA 2013 – Staci Klinginsmith
Miss Kansas USA 2012 – Gentry Miller
Miss Kansas USA 2011 – Jaymie Stokes
Miss Kansas USA 2010 – Bethany Gerber
Miss Kansas USA 2009 – Courtney Bourter
Miss Kansas USA 2008 – Michelle Gillespie
Miss Kansas USA 2007 – Cara Gorges
Miss Kansas USA 2006 – Ashley Aull
Miss Kansas USA 2005 – Rachel Saunders
Miss Kansas USA 2004 – Lisa Forbes
Miss Kansas USA 2003 – Alicia Cabrera
Miss Kansas USA 2002 – Lindsay Douglas
Miss Kansas USA 2001 – Kristie Knox
Miss Kansas USA 2000 – Tiffany Meyer
Miss Kansas USA 1999 – Amanda Carraway
Miss Kansas USA 1998 – Cammie Morisseau
Miss Kansas USA 1997 – Kathryn Taylor
Miss Kansas USA 1996 – Danni Boatwright
Miss Kansas USA 1995 – Deborah Baulton
Miss Kansas USA 1994 – Carol Hovenkamp
Miss Kansas USA 1993 – Tavia Shackles
Miss Kansas USA 1992 – Kimberlee Girrens
Miss Kansas USA 1991 – Kelli McCarty
Miss Kansas USA 1990 - Rebecca Porter
Miss Kansas USA 1989 – Nancy Burris
Miss Kansas USA 1988 – Cynthia Decker
Miss Kansas USA 1987 – Martina Castle
Miss Kansas USA 1986 – Audra Ockerman
Miss Kansas USA 1985 – Jill Denzin
Miss Kansas USA 1984 – Elizabeth Johnson
Miss Kansas USA 1983 – Renee Ruch
Miss Kansas USA 1982 – Stefani Larson
Miss Kansas USA 1981 – Missy Kaser
Miss Kansas USA 1980 – Lisa Boyd
Miss Kansas USA 1979 – Linda Shields
Miss Kansas USA 1978 – Mary Bell
Miss Kansas USA 1977 – Sherry Brane
Miss Kansas USA 1976 – Deborah Vitera
Miss Kansas USA 1975 – Robbin Loomas
Miss Kansas USA 1974 – Lorraine Breckenridge
Miss Kansas USA 1973 – Brenda Kopmeyer
Miss Kansas USA 1972 – Mona Guesnier
Miss Kansas USA 1971 – Nancy Bishop
Miss Kansas USA 1970 – Norma Decker
Miss Kansas USA 1969 – Molly McGugin
Miss Kansas USA 1968 – Anne Layton
Miss Kansas USA 1967 – Regina Wolfe
Miss Kansas USA 1966 – Pat Ravenscroft
Miss Kansas USA 1965 – Linda Bergsten
Miss Kansas USA 1964 – Barbara Ford
Miss Kansas USA 1963 – Diane Victoria Stalker
Miss Kansas USA 1962 – Linda Light
Miss Kansas USA 1961 – Dixie Cook
Miss Kansas USA 1960 – Peggy Patterson
Miss Kansas USA 1954 – Sue Ravencroft
Miss Kansas USA 1952 – Bette Renick
The winner of Miss Kansas Teen USA competes at the Miss Teen USA pageant, representing Kansas, for a chance to win the title of Miss Teen USA.
Miss Kansas Teen USA has four phases of competition that include: private interview, on-stage question, evening gown and athletic wear. In order to compete for Miss Kansas Teen USA you must be at least 14 years old and under 19 years of age before January 1st in the year they hope to compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant and you need to have won a preliminary title.
Check out the winners of the Miss Kansas Teen USA pageants in the past:
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2020 - Cyara Heredia
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2019 – Hannah DeBok
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2018 – Hunter Fraley (succeeded Hailey Colborn, Miss Teen USA 2018)
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2017 – Malerie Moore
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2016 – Madison Moore
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2015 – Melanie Shaner
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2014 – Claire-Bailey Lee
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2013 – Alyssa Klinzing
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2012 – Katie Taylor
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2011 – Taylor Clark
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2010 – Olivia Harlan
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2009 – Alexis Rewalt
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2008 – Jessie Colonna
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2007 – Jaymie Stokes
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2006 – Gentry Miller
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2005 – Latasha Laine Lawrie
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2004 – Carissa Kelley
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2003 – Megan Price
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2002 – Amber Ross
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2001 – Lindsey Mackey
Miss Kansas Teen USA 2000 – Sarah Jump
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1999 – Grace Shibley
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1998 – Ashley Tessendorf
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1997 – Mariah Bergmann
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1996 – Mandy Carraway
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1995 – Keylee Sue Sanders
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1994 – Melissa Hurtig
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1993 – Christy Dippre
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1992 - Danielle Boatwright
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1991 – Denise Blatchford
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1990 – Kerri Williams
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1989 – Tracey Knopp
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1988 – Jennifer Eastes
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1987 – Stephanie Resnick
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1986 – Kimberlee Girrens
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1985 – Tammy Lansing
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1984 – Nancy Mardis
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1983 – Melissa Lyczak
Miss Kansas Teen USA 1982 – Shari Newell