Eudoran competes for Miss American Coed
Even though she has been participating in beauty pageants on and off for the last 10 years, 23-year-old Trisha Tyree still gets nervous before walking out in front of judges.
"I don't get nervous the day of, but right before I go on stage I am shaking like a leaf," the lifelong Eudora resident said. "I've done it time and time again so I shouldn't be nervous."
Tyree is Miss Kansas American Coed and will compete Nov. 29 for the title of Miss American Coed at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Tyree won the state title in early July at Overland Park in a pageant that consisted of an opening number done with all of the contestants, an evening gown competition and an interview competition wherein she had to talk for about one minute with each of five judges.
"It's really hard to do for just sixty seconds, but you can get a lot of information in if you talk really fast," Tyree said.
In her duties as Miss Kansas American Coed, Tyree is a spokesperson in Kansas for American Coed Pageants and attends various events such as fairs and parades.
She said winning the title of Miss American Coed would be great, but mostly because it would allow he more opportunities to be involved in various types of community service.
Regardless of the outcome of the Miss American Coed National Pageant, Tyree will compete in December for Miss Kansas USA. If she wins that pageant, she then would compete for the title of Miss USA.
"Being Miss Kansas USA and then being Miss USA is definitely a goal of mine and something I would like to achieve," Tyree said. "It's just a little bit harder because there is a swimsuit division and trying to fit in working out with work and my life isn't easy, but I'm trying to work really hard and eat healthy. That's my biggest problem is I love candy."
No matter where beauty pageants take her, she will always call Eudora home.
"I'm here for life - I'm a lifer," Tyree said.