While fans of the PBS drama “Downton Abbey” prepare for its big screen debut and the arrival of the Queen, another type of queen has arrived on campus, with much less fanfare. The newly crowned Miss Frontier, Naomi Galindo, has also gained a new title – Butler Grizzly.
Galindo began classes this fall at Butler and aims to eventually earn a Ph.D. in Linguistics. She currently speaks three languages, French, English and Spanish and has started learning Russian this semester.
“I’m planning to attend KU and major in Russian/East European/Central Asian studies with a minor in political science ,” Galindo said.
While you may think it’s her crown and sash that set her apart from the average student, it’s actually her social initiative and personal passion of promoting Foreign Language Education for Grades K-12.
As Miss Frontier, Galindo will have many opportunities to share her platform and help raise awareness for the importance of Foreign Language Education for students from kindergarten through high school.
The Miss Frontier pageant is a part of the HollyFrontier Western Celebration and is held annually in El Dorado. The young woman crowned each year serves an ambassador to the celebration and they go on to represent the community through a variety of volunteer opportunities and appearances.
Galindo said, “I’m a huge fan of Miss Universe and so I found out that we had a local pageant and I decided to compete.”
Many young women participate in pageants as a way to help pay for school. Many pageant systems provide scholarship money or partner with colleges to provide in-kind scholarships. Through her participation in pageants, Galindo has started college debt-free and plans to continue competing to earn more scholarships. She previously held the titles of Miss Teen Frontier 2017 and Miss Teen El Dorado 2018.
Galindo said, “I would like to promote my platform, keep developing myself and my platform. I would also like to compete in the Miss Kansas pageant.”
As a result of winning the title of Miss Frontier, Galindo has the opportunity to participate in the Miss Kansas Competition. The Miss Kansas Competition is a part of the Miss America Organization and participation in that program opens the doors to even more scholarships.
According to the Miss America Organization, “The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of scholarship assistance to young women.”
The Miss Kansas Scholarship Program is for young women age 17-25 years old.
According to the Miss Kansas Organization, through their participation in the program, young women earn more than scholarship awards for college. They gain community service experience as well as experience in speaking extemporaneously.
They learn to formulate and present their views on important issues. They grow in grace while improving social skills. They learn to set goals and work toward physical fitness and they learn to build a network while meeting new people with confidence and security.
The young women who participate in the Miss Kansas Scholarship Program gain experience in planning and time management as well as developing a performance talent. Galindo’s talent is singing and she performed a song in Croatian at Miss Frontier.
Galindo’s reign will be marked by a year of service. In addition to multiple opportunities to volunteer, she will advocate for a personal platform, also known as a social initiative. A social initiative is a project developed by the individual and acts as catalysts for positive social change.
Galindo’s social initiative is promoting Foreign Language Education for Grades K-12. Additionally, Galindo wants to encourage other young women to compete for scholarships.
“This year I’m working on recruiting girls for the Miss and Teen Division to get them involved with the pageant. There are a lot of opportunities such as winning a scholarship, gaining confidence and developing friendships,” Galindo said.
While the next Miss Kansas Competition is not until June 2020, Galindo will be busy with her classes at Butler Community College and her royal duties as Miss Frontier.