Hannah Klaassen, Miss South Central, is the 2018 Miss Kansas pageant crown winner.
Hannah Klaassen, Miss South Central, was crowned 2018 Miss Kansas on Saturday, June 9 at Pratt Community College’s Dennis Lesh arena after tap-dancing her way into judges’ and spectators’ hearts. This was the first Miss Kansas pageant the 19-year-old from Arkansas City had entered, but she has long been a fan and follower of the Miss Kansas organization.
“I’m just really looking forward to the year ahead,” Klaassen said. “I had no idea that this is how it would go, but I am thrilled to be Miss Kansas 2018.”
Klaassen achieved her goal of making the top 10, or top 11, along with Dakota Derstein, Miss Southwest and Kansas Choice award winner; Maci Johnson, Miss Heart of the Midwest; Hannah Budreau, Miss Cowley County; Kyann Eslick, Miss Santa Fe Trail; Corrine Brewer, Miss Metro Wichita; Hannah Mauler, Miss Riley County; Annika Wooton, Miss Leavenworth County; Katherine Wurzer, Miss Gateway to the West; Madison Schoenkase, Miss Heart of Kansas; and Alexandria Black, Miss Sunflower.
Talent numbers of the top 11 ranged from dance interpretations to vocal and piano solos and a magic show. Klaassen brought the house down with her tap-dance routine to a song from “The Greatest Show on Earth.”
In the evening gown competition Klaassen glided across the stage in a light blue, off the shoulder sheath dress that flared out at the knee.
The judges narrowed the contestants to five and asked them questions addressing issues such as educational improvement, legalization of marijuana, the Me Too movement and what to do about the mental health crisis in America. The top five contestants were Klaassen, Black, Wooton, Eslick and Brewer.
Klaassen said the key to improving American education was to pay teachers more, Black said America was in a difficult time of discernment when it came to morals and values. Wooten addressed the Me Too movement and said everyone, male or female, deserves to be treated equally with respect. Eslick stood firm on her convictions and said that with all the research been done on legalization of marijuana, the negatives of drug abuse still outweigh the positives, and it should not be legalized. Brewer addressed the mental health crisis in American and said every life has a purpose.
Fourth place runner-up in the contest was Brewer, Miss Metro Wichita; third runner up was Wooton, Miss Leavenworth County; second runner up was Eslick, Miss Santa Fe Trail, and first runner-up to Klaassen as 2018 Miss Kansas was Black, Miss Sunflower.