Local high school student will compete for Miss Kansas
By Russ Edem 530News
Makayla Lofland, a Great Bend High School senior, will compete for the title of Miss Kansas on June 10 at Pratt. She won the title Miss Yellow Brick Road 2017 to become eligible to compete.
“I am very excited to be competing for Miss Kansas,” Lofland said. “I worked very hard to get to where I am and I am very thankful to all the people that have helped me get this far and for all the advice they have given me.”
Each contestant must have a platform and a talent. Lofland’s platform is concussion awareness and her talent is dance.
“I am very passionate about concussion awareness,” Lofland said. “I do have a backstory and I helped set up the Barton County Concussion Protocol.”
Lofland’s passion for concussion awareness stems from a severe car accident that she was involved in her sophomore year.
She received a major concussion from the accident. According to her mother, Paige Lofland, it was so severe that she had to stay in complete darkness to help with her recovery and relax her brain. She was then slowly introduced back to lights and normal daily activities over a course of six months and today she still suffers with migraines.
Lofland’s desire to compete in pageants goes back a year ago where she was introduced to pageants by a friend.
“I was first interested in competing after watching a good friend compete for Miss Barton County (in 2016) and this really inspired me to compete myself,” Lofland said.
“So for the past year I have been working really hard on my platform and my dance routine and practicing the interview part of the competition. I am also very honored to be 1st runner-up to Miss Barton County.” After winning first runner-up at Miss Barton County in January she went on to compete at Miss Yellow Brick Road in Pratt, where she won and qualified for the state pageant.
Lofland’s future goals are to keep competing in pageants and attend Oklahoma State University this fall majoring in biochemistry.
According to Miss Kansas Pageant Inc., the first step is to compete in and win either a local pageant or festival. Those are held throughout Kansas from July through March annually.
Local pageants are an integral part of the Miss Kansas system and are conducted using official Miss America rules.
Festivals are not a part of the Miss Kansas system, but are officially sanctioned competitions.
Miss America and the Children’s Miracle Network have formed a new partnership. The partnership requires each local contestant to raise $100 for each pageant she enters. This on-line fundraiser is for the Children’s Miracle Network and the Miss America Scholarship Fund.
To become eligible to compete, a contestant must be a Kansas resident, must be female, a high school graduate by state competition, must be between age of 17 and 24, single, never married, have good moral character and be a citizen of the United States.