By Linda Kor
Kylie Koerperich, the reigning Miss Navajo County, gave her hometown of Holbrook one more reason to be proud of her last week as the recipient of the People’s Choice Award at the Miss Arizona Pageant. She also made it to the top 11 finalists, the first time that a contestant for Navajo County has gotten that far in 19 years, and this was only her third pageant competition.
The pageant was a four-day event filled with rehearsals and events to get to know the other competitors. During the pageant she competed in the categories of lifestyle and fitness, talent, formal wear, an interview and question. Her question was on her platform, Opportunities for Autism, and Koerperich discussed the importance of providing opportunities for individuals with autism and special needs.
“The Miss America organization prides itself on service, and being able to take part in this has allowed me to serve my community in ways that I wouldn’t have realized,” stated Koerperich.
“As Miss Navajo County, and by taking part in this pageant, I have learned so much about myself by serving others and appreciating what I have. It has also helped me to gain confidence in performance. I never would have dreamed I could walk around a stage in a bathing suit, but I did it twice,” said Koerperich.
According to Koerperich, the experiences that she’s had have shown her that people can do anything, regardless of their circumstances, and that no one should ever live life with regret. “I’ve also learned how much love this community has. I wouldn’t have won without the support of the people in my community and I’m so grateful,” stated Koerperich.
Koerperich attributes her ability to succeed to her family, saying that they always encourage her to pursue her dreams and believe in her, noting that the word “believe” is her favorite word. “I want to say a special thank you to my mom, Debbie Koerperich, dad, Robbie Koerperich, and brothers, Kory and Kobi, for their unending love and support throughout my entire journey as Miss Navajo County. I would not be the confident, strong woman that I am today with out the guidance that I have received from them,” she said.
She also expressed her gratitude for her executive director, Rachele Baldwin, and to Cari Martineau, who helped her realize her dreams.
Local businesses and individuals that supported Koerperich in taking part in the Miss Arizona Pageant included Motel 6, Hensley’s Mini-Mart, El Rancho Restaurant, Pat’s House of Originals, Esmeralda’s Bella Vida Salon and Spa, Charlie and Irma Carpenter, Wayside Café, Nakai Indian Art, Painted Desert Indian Center, Nichole Lozano and the STARS Studio.
To find out more about the upcoming Miss Navajo County Pageant, or to have Miss Navajo County participate in an upcoming event, contact Rachele Baldwin at (303) 870-3304.