After months of preparation, the Miss Dodge City Organization held the Miss Dodge City, Miss Cowboy Capital and Miss Boot Hill pageant Saturday night at the Dodge City Middle School.
Baleigh Munsell, Ulysses, was crowned Miss Dodge City with Aspyn Keck, Dodge City, crowned Miss Cowboy Capital and Polina Nations, Overland Park, crowned Miss Boot Hill.
Paige Harding, Dodge City, was named runner-up.
"I am very surprised," Keck said, "and it's because I was one of the youngest ones here.
"So I am very shocked and I am so happy and so honored to be Miss Cowboy Capital in 2018."
"Honestly it was like a pinch me I'm dreaming moment," Nations said. "I was like, 'Did they really call my name?' As soon as they were crowning me I felt like I was going to wake up and this wasn't going to be real.
"And it was and it is so awesome and so rewarding because I have competed in six other pageants, so this is just a really awesome deal to finally have all my hard work paid off."
"I was shocked," Munsell said. "In October I went and did Miss Augusta and didn't come home with anything and I had told my mom that it must not be God's plan for me and so I had told the directors that I would be doing Dodge for them because and so I think it is kind of a blessing because now that I have finished cosmetology school and I didn't get to compete last year because I was so busy with Gunpowder Girls, being a cheerleader and dancer at the college so I wasn't able to do something I am so passionate about.
"So it is very nice to get to be able to get back into the Miss Kansas and be able to do it one last time and to hopefully give it my all this year."
Munsell, 20, still meets the age requirements to compete however is choosing to stop competing after this year.
"This will be my final year so I can start moving on and doing bigger and better things with my career," Munsell said.
The pageant featured nine contestants from across the state who competed in events such as private interview, on stage question, physical fitness/swimsuit, talent and evening gown.
Tyra Hayden, Ulysses, was also named People's Choice winner with Nations winning a scholarship in both the lifestyle and talent competitions.
Keck also won the award for bringing in the most donations.
"Each titleholder received a bouquet of flowers from Flowers by Irene, a pair of diamond earrings from K-Martin Jewelers, a gift card for a personalized cuff from Paisley Pearls, official portraits by Joshua Roesner Photography, tanning from Beauty Villa, a personalized bag from Thirty-One Bags, Traveling Miss crown and sash box from the Miss Dodge City Organization, a $500 in-kind Scholarship to Dodge City Community College," Miss Dodge City Organization co-director Jenna Powers said. "And they also each receive a $500 cash scholarship from a local business through the Miss Dodge City Organization."
Others who competed were, Allison VanNahmen, Spearville; McKenzi Crossman, Liberal; Marissavel Rodriguez, Dodge City and Lexi Hogan, Garden City.
The age requirements to compete are from 17-24 years of age.
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