Kueppers prepares for state teen pageant

Kathryn Kueppers is preparing for the Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen Pageant as Coon Rapids’ representative.

Kueppers, who was named Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen at the annual Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant in November 2012, will compete at the state pageant Saturday, April 6 in Eden Prairie.

A “send off” to the state pageant for Kueppers will be hosted by the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant Committee Saturday, March 23, at the Lilli Putt Party Room, 1349 Coon Rapids Blvd.

There will be social time at 5 p.m. when cake and punch will be served followed by a program at 5:30 p.m.

Kueppers will preview her Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen Pageant wardrobe, perform her talent selection and take part in a question and answer session with those present.

She is a freshman at St. Agnes High School where she is involved in student council, cheerleading, concert chorale, spring musical and science fair and well as being on the honor roll.

Kueppers lists her interests as baking, reading, biking, jet skiing and listening to music.

She also designs and makes earrings, necklaces and bracelets, which she sells at craft shows and events to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Her goal is to earn a college degree in music performance and become a freelance musician.

In a letter to the city, Kueppers writes, “What a privilege it is to represent the warm and welcoming community of Coon Rapids.

“I have spent quite a bit of time here since being crowned and I look forward to many more months of events and appearances.”

The outstanding teen pageant is for young women between the ages of 13 and 17 and includes five areas of competition – interview, fitness, talent, on-stage question and evening gown.

According to Kueppers, participants in the outstanding teen program are asked to promote a service platform, volunteer in the community and show scholastic achievement.

Kueppers’ talent is singing and her platform is “The Gift of Happiness.” She has also launched a “Happiness Podcast,” which talks more about her platform.

On her website, Kueppers describes her platform in this way, “During my year of service as Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen, I plan is to communicate to young people the importance of being happy.

“Kids struggle through all of the mixed messages of the media: you are not pretty enough, handsome enough, smart enough, thin enough, etc.

“Very few understand that despite all of the challenges they face in today’s modern society, that you can choose to be happy.

“As Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen, I want to reach out with a positive message that will set young people on the path of happiness.”

“Life is about making choices. We all have the choice to be happy or unhappy – it’s up to us.

“So why not accept this gift and choose to be happy today.”

Kueppers lives in St. Paul with her mother and father – her mother is a former Miss Minnesota – and two older brothers at college.

In her letter to the city, Kueppers praised those that run the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant and Coon Rapids Snowflake Days.

“They are some of the most hardworking and dedicated people I have ever met and I deeply appreciate their support and guidance,” Kueppers wrote.

“I look forward to meeting many more people from this amazing community.

“I could not be more thrilled to represent Coon Rapids.”

State pageant tickets are now on sale.

For more information go online to www.missminnesota.org.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]