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June 14, 2011

Cowley graduate crowned Miss Kansas 2011


Carissa Kelley, who graduated from Cowley College in 2006, was crowned Miss Kansas 2011 in the Miss Kansas Pageant on Saturday night in Pratt.

Kelley was in her final year of eligibility and will promote a platform of empowering youth.

At Cowley, Kelley was a member of the Tigerette Danceline and made the Dean’s Honor Roll both year’s at the school.

During the pageant, Kelley wore a hot pink swimsuit trimmed in black, performed a contemporary dance to "Rolling in the Deep," and chose a navy blue evening gown with capped sleeves, a high bateau neckline and open back.

She is the daughter of Michael and Dawn Kelley and has worked as a substitute teacher since graduating from Cowley College and Southwestern College.

Kelley earned a $5,000 scholarship given by the Miss Kansas Foundation through the South Central Community Foundation and The Peoples Bank, and will represent Kansas at the Miss America Pageant in January.

Jade Sparks, who graduated from Cowley College in May and was crowned Miss Walnut Valley, also competed in the pageant.

Miss Rose Hill Caitlin Taylor was named first runner-up, while second runner-up was Miss Santa Fe Trail Hannah Langley of Winfield.

Cox Communications will broadcast the final performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Kansas Now 22.