April 2, 2020

Community advocacy leads UW-Superior staff member to Miss Minnesota competition

UW-Superior university services program associate Madison Reynolds, left, and Miss Minnesota Kathryn Kueppers. Reynolds will be taking part in the Miss Minnesota competition June 13-20 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

UW-Superior university services program associate Madison Reynolds, left, and Miss Minnesota Kathryn Kueppers. Reynolds will be taking part in the Miss Minnesota competition June 13-20 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

For [NAME:MREYNO11], it wasn’t a desire for fame or fortune that led the Hermantown, Minnesota, native to take part in the Miss Minnesota competition. It was simply a desire to serve her community.

“I competed in my first pageant because I was interested in having a large platform in which I could serve my community,” said [NAMELASTONLY:MREYNO11]. “I had been going to the competition for years before I was eligible and felt ready, and I always admired the courage and talent of the girls that competed.”

While the path to the Miss Minnesota competition has taken years for [NAMELASTONLY:MREYNO11] to travel, the same cause remained in her mind.

“I competed in my first pageant, the Miss Hermantown pageant, the summer going into my senior year of high school when I was 18 years old,” she said. “I was fortunate to win the title and embarked on a yearlong journey that sparked my love of pageantry.”

For [NAMELASTONLY:MREYNO11], who currently holds the title of Miss Granite City, that love also strengthened the ability to highlight community service.

“At the heart of the Miss America Organization is service,” she said. “All candidates have a social impact initiative, which is a cause that we care and advocate for. Miss Minnesota is a role model, professional, scholarly, and talented, and that is the epitome of who I strive to be.”

A university services program associate for the Center for Academic Advising & Career Services at UW-Superior, the Miss Minnesota competition offers [NAMELASTONLY:MREYNO11] the opportunity to shine a spotlight on an important cause.

“My social impact initiative I will be highlighting is titled ‘Reach Hire,’” she said. “It focuses on educating, motivating, and inspiring others to find their passion, and turn it into a life of meaningful work.”

That strong desire to help others directly connects to her current role at UW-Superior.

“I enjoy helping and working with students,” said [NAMELASTONLY:MREYNO11]. “As a recent college graduate myself, I know exactly what it is like to be in their shoes. It is an honor to be a small part in the process of students obtaining their college education.”

With the Miss Minnesota competition scheduled to take place June 13-20 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, [NAMELASTONLY:MREYNO11] is close to seeing her hard work and dedication pay off in the ability to further highlight her community and cause.

“The young women that compete in the Miss America and Miss Minnesota organization are changing the world through their social impact initiatives, and I wanted to be one of them,” she said. “Now, I am incredibly proud and thankful that I can say that I am one of them.”

UW-Superior university services program associate Madison Reynolds, left, and Miss Minnesota Kathryn Kueppers. Reynolds will be taking part in the Miss Minnesota competition June 13-20 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

UW-Superior university services program associate Madison Reynolds, left, and Miss Minnesota Kathryn Kueppers. Reynolds will be taking part in the Miss Minnesota competition June 13-20 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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