Posted: Sep 1, 2014 8:28 PM by Arial Ruffin, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Sep 2, 2014 12:14 AM
COLUMBIA - Miss Missouri is not the only Missouri native competing in this year's Miss America pageant. Amanda Sasek, this year's Miss Kansas, was born and raised in Moberly, Missouri. Sasek won her Miss Kansas title as a Kansas resident, after competing in eight pageants and winning five local titles between Kansas and Missouri.
"She began competing when she was 8-years-old," said Michelle Brooks, Sasek's mother. "After that she took a break until she graduated from high school to compete again."
The Moberly native received her bachelor's degree from Central Missouri State University and is now pursuing a doctorate from The University of Kansas.
Sasek was named the top female student at Central Missouri State University and has received over $14,000 in scholarships competing in pageants.
"I'm so proud of her," said Brooks. "She's representing both Kansas and Missouri. Everyone here in Moberly has been very supportive."
For the Miss America pageant each contestant has a service platform, and Sasek's platform is called "Find your Strength Engage to Empower".
"She has always been a great speaker and very competitive, but after her father died, she was ready, mentally, emotionally, spiritually," Brooks said.
When Sasek was 17-years-old, her father committed suicide. Since then, she decided she wanted to share her story with other people. Sasek now has a national website where she said she hopes others can come together and share their stories as well.
The preliminary rounds of the pageant will run from September 9th through September 11th. The final round and the crowning of Miss America will be on September 14th.
"Winning Miss America is every girl's dream," said Brooks. "Of course our goal is to win the crown."