Miss Frontier Promotes Foreign Language Education 

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.  

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Miss Frontier 2019 Naomi Galindo appeared before the City Commission to promote the HollyFrontier Western Celebration as one of her first duties.  Photo by Deanna Bonn 

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.  

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Miss Frontier 2019 Naomi Galindo. Photo by Jennifer West

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.

 

 

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City of El Dorado 2020 Budget Approved

El Dorado Boy Scout Troop #222 made a visit to the City Commission meeting to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

The City of El Dorado Budget for 2020 was approved Monday night. City Manager David Dillner explained to the Commission that the Total Budget Authority for the year is expected to be $32.9 million.

Jordan Buxton, El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Director, along with Sue Hoefgen of Augusta Chamber of Commerce, shared information on the Butler County Act Program.

The goal of the Butler County Act Program is to create an ACT ready community. ACT Work Ready Communities Program (WRC) empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth.

Commissioner Wilkinson stated, “As a former educator I appreciate it is not just the schools involved but the chamber as well.” Mayor Haines added that he appreciates the bridge between the workforce and schools.

A date of September 12th is scheduled to launch the program. To learn more contact Jordan Buxton at the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce or Sara Hoefgen at the Augusta Chamber of Commerce.

Also appearing before the Commission was the HollyFrontier Western Celebration chairman, Tabitha Sharp. She was joined by the newly crowned Miss Frontier 2019, Naomi Galindo. They shared information about the upcoming festival and invited the Commissioners to attend this year’s event.

The festival begins Friday, August 9 with Mutton Bustin’, the Extreme Bull Blowout, and a concert by Kyle Park.

Saturday includes a parade through downtown, the Kids Korral at East Park in partnership with the Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum. A Junior Ranch Rodeo will be held at 1p on Saturday followed by the Butler County Ranch Rodeo and a concert with Jason Callahan.

The weekend rounds out with Cowboy Church on Sunday. Tickets are $10, can be purchased at the gate, and provide admission to the festival all weekend. The City of El Dorado is a sponsor of the HollyFrontier Western Celebration. The HollyFrontier Western Celebration is a committee of El Dorado Main Street.

Kansas Champion visits El Dorado

On Saturday, June 15th Miss Frontier, Bailey Smith, Miss Teen El Dorado, Naomi Galindo, and Mini Miss Frontier Janessa Knapp joined Miss Augusta Sierra Marie Bonn and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Kansas Champion Vinny along with “Flat Vinny” to help Walmart raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) in Kansas.

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Back row, left to right, Miss Augusta Sierra Marie Bonn, Miss Teen El Dorado Naomi Galindo, Miss Frontier Bailey Smith. Front row, left to right, Vinny, “Flat Vinny” and Mini Miss Frontier Janessa Knapp.

The month-long fundraising event was celebrated with a kickoff party that included hotdogs, popcorn, cake and a coloring contest.  Vinny was on hand to judge the contest which features a “Flat Vinny” designed by Vinny. His flat version is traveling the state and Internet with the hashtag #flatvinny.  Vinny and his parents will be able to log on and see all the people and places “Flat Vinny” has visited. Each week one drawing will be selected and the winner will receive a Walmart gift card.

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Vinny, with his flat version “Flat Vinny” and Miss Augusta Sierra Marie Bonn.  Sierra has taken “Flat Vinny” across the state with her as she competed for the title of Miss Kansas raising awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Vinny and the girls will be back at Walmart, again, on Saturday, June 22nd from 12-2p to continue raising awareness and funds.  All funds raised will go to our local CMNH Hospital to help sick and injured kids.

 

3 Local Girls to Miss Kansas

The Miss Kansas Scholarship Competition is being held in Pratt, Kansas, this week. Three local girls are participating in it and vying for the job of a lifetime – Miss Kansas 2019.

Bailey Smith, Miss Frontier; Sierra Marie Bonn, Miss Augusta; and Suzannah Bowden, Miss Emerald City have each had the honor of serving their community and raising awareness of issues important to them.  We asked them a couple of questions as they were preparing for this week.

Bailey Smith, Miss Frontier
Sierra Marie Bonn, Miss Augusta
Suzannah Bowden, Miss Emerald City

What was the first pageant you entered and why did you decide to enter it?

Bailey: The first pageant I entered in was the Miss Frontier pageant in El Dorado, Kansas. When I was in 6th grade I went to watch the pageant and after it was done I looked to my grandma and told her I want to dress up and look like a princess! So the next year I competed and have competed ever since. I have grown to love pageants because it has benefited me in so many ways! It’s has helped me to get out of my comfort zone and speak in front of people, I have also been able to find my confidence, I have been able to raise awareness for Improving Mental Health for Newly Diagnosed Diabetics, and finally I have been able to create an amazing sisterhood with most of the girls and you can find that sisterhood anywhere else!

Sierra: The first pageant I entered was the Miss Frontier Pageant as a Teen contestant.  I decided to compete for the scholarships but most importantly, I wanted to serve my community.

Suzannah: My first pageant was Miss Frontier in 2017. I truly entered it because I wanted to say I had done a pageant. I also wanted to gain some sort of confidence and elegance from it. Oh boy did I gain more! I have completely strayed from stage fright, found my voice, and grown into the woman I am today. I found my elegance and confidence and that is why I continue to compete. Pageantry is a great platform to stand on to empower all women to find their elegance.

What is your social initiative?

Bailey: Improving Mental Health for Newly Diagnosed Diabetics: Don’t Sugar Coat It, Rise Above it.

Sierra: “Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead!” is an initiative to promote STEAM education, engagement, and empowerment for young women. As an engineer I recognize the gender disparity in STEAM fields and want to make a positive difference.

Suzannah: My social initiative is RISE. Radiate. Inspire. Serve. Engage. This platform promotes the personal growth and progression of others throughout their community engagement.

What has been the highlight of your year?

Bailey: My highlight of the year was going to visit the CMN Hospital and getting to learning and see all of the amazing things they do for the kids

Sierra: I have been able to go into classrooms, camps, and college campuses across the country sharing “Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead!”  and have had the privilege of representing Augusta in its historic 150th year and I am so excited to make Augusta proud on the Miss Kansas stage!

Suzannah: The highlight of my year was landing my original dream job! I work with Rise Up For Youth as their community outreach VISTA. I promote the achievements of the students we touch daily! Now I have bigger goals!

What are you look forward to during your week at Miss Kansas?

Bailey: I’m looking forward to getting to spend the whole week with all of the girls and getting to know them and creating friendships

Sierra: I have had the privilege of representing Augusta in its historic 150th year and I am so excited to make Augusta proud on the Miss Kansas stage!

Suzannah: I cannot wait to be in the community of Pratt, KS! They are so kind and welcoming with open arms! The sisterhood built during this week is another big thing that I am looking forward to! I am also, so excited to be able to grow more with this experience, but also show Kansas how much I have grown throughout my year!

Miss Kansas Competition will hold Preliminaries on Thursday and Friday evenings with the top 11 Finalists competing on Saturday night.  The top 10 are selected by the judges and one girl is selected as the “People’s Choice” through online voting. The final competition will be live-streamed online

Butler County Resolution: “Women in STEAM Week”

Sierra Marie Bonn, Miss Augusta 2019, is more than her title would suggest. In addition to representing the City of Augusta during its 150th year as a titleholder in the Miss Kansas Organization, she is a Biomedical Engineering student at Wichita State University and founder of the educational initiative, “Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead!”

The combination of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math is recognized as STEAM education. “Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead!” is the educational initiative she designed to share with classrooms, camps, and community partners which exposes girls and young women to their potential in STEAM fields.

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Sierra shares, “The first computer programmer in the world was Ada Lovelace. Her story is remarkable not only because was she a woman, but because she was coding for a computer that wouldn’t even be invented for another 100 years.” Each October, Ada Lovelace is recognized around the world for her contributions to innovation and for her inspiring impact on the world as a woman in STEAM. Last October, the City of Augusta issued a Proclamation to honor her, and other inspiring women like her, during Women in STEAM Week, to be held the third week of October, every year.

Sierra is looking to increase the impact of her social initiative “Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead!” by creating a similar Resolution for Butler County.  According to Sierra, “Providing an avenue for influential women in STEAM to be publicly recognized, creates the opportunity for young women to be exposed to numerous role models and empower them to pursue their interests.”

 

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Sierra Marie Bonn raises a hand to bring awareness to her social initiative, Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead!

 

Sierra believes young women should be empowered to accomplish whatever they dream, that they should be supported to become astronauts, artists, and even Miss America. By promoting STEAM education and engagement and showcasing their potential to thrive in STEAM careers, young women are empowered to achieve their dreams.

“In America, only one in five workers in research, architecture, engineering, and high-tech careers are women,” Sierra has identified. “How can young women aspire to reach their dreams if they have so few role models? How can they reach their dreams if they don’t know they are within their grasp?”

Technology journalist Emily Chang reported over half a million jobs in the tech industry are going unfilled, and by 2020, that number is expected to increase to one million. This leaves one million opportunities for innovation, discovery, and growth for the economy. Currently, there is a short supply of talented workers because the stereotypes of what makes a good engineer, scientist, programmer, and architect exclude half of the population and half of the talent we desperately need. By failing to empower our young women to pursue science, technology, engineering, arts, and math careers, our nation’s STEAM workforce will continue to decline. This results in a loss of the historical strength and competitive edge the American economy has in the fields of science and technology, according to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

As Miss Augusta 2019, Sierra is raising awareness of gender inequality in STEAM fields and promoting how young women can get involved.

  • As a LEGO robotics coach, she encourages young girls to be confident in their engineering and coding skills, which results in improved communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.
  • As a Girl Scout camp counselor, she watches girls light up with joy as they perform science experiments and explore nature.
  • As an engineering mentor, she has coached collegians to stay committed to their dreams, no matter how challenging or male-dominated a class may be — she has experienced first-hand how it feels to be a minority in science classes, math classes, and engineering classes. She wants young girls to know that they can be smart without sacrificing their identities.

 

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Sierra Marie Bonn was crowned Miss Augusta 2019 during the City of Augusta’s 150th birthday.

 

Learn more about “Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead!”  and find resources to share during “Women in STEAM Week” or any time of the year, by visiting Sierra’s website, www.letsgofullSTEAMahead.com

Miss Augusta speaks to Butler County Commissioners

While the United States Government may be experiencing a shutdown, the Board of Butler County Commissioners met one final time for the calendar year on Monday, December 31, 2018.  (Listen to the podcast)

After the opening prayer by Reverend Christine Gilpin, the minutes were approved and then the floor was opened for public comments.

Miss Augusta 2019, Sierra Marie Bonn, appeared before the Commissioners to officially introduce herself and her social initiative, “Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead” to the Board of Butler County Commissioners.

“Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead” was founded to promote science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education and engagement inside classrooms, camps, college campuses, and with community partners.

Miss Bonn worked with the City of Augusta to establish “Women in STEAM Week,” a celebration held the third week in October that honors and highlights influential women who have made an impact in the STEAM fields. Now she is seeking to advance her cause through a Proclamation, which will extend the observation of “Women in STEAM Week” throughout Butler County.

Her 2019 goals include the implementation of “Women in STEAM Week” across the state and country.

To learn more about “Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead” visit Sierra’s website: http://www.letsgofullSTEAMahead.com

To follow her journey to Miss Kansas, find her on Facebook at “Sierra Marie Bonn: Miss Augusta 2019”

On the agenda was a request for a homestead lot split for Paul and Jane Heide. After a brief discussion it was approved.

Next, Public Works Director, Darryl Lutz presented a request for the approval of a Landfill Compactor. The lowest bid, for a Bomag was submitted by Berry Tractor and Equipment Company of Wichita. After a few questions from the Commissioners, the Bomag, with the addition of the optional extended warranty for a total purchase price of $612,073 was approved. The Commission authorized staff to auction off the current compactor via an internet auction following delivery of the new compactor.

Finally, Mr. Lutz requested the annual authorization to solicit bids for the purchase of commodities, including uniforms for personnel and consumable materials needed by the various departments that are used in the course of business.

Vouchers were approved as were Adds & Abates.

Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead!

El Dorado Native, and current Miss Augusta, Sierra Marie Bonn is a biomedical engineering student at Wichita State University, and she believes young women should be empowered to accomplish whatever they dream. “I believe that they should be supported to become astronauts, artists, and even Miss America,” Sierra says. “By promoting STEAM education and engagement and showcasing their potential to thrive in STEAM careers, young women are empowered to achieve their dreams.”

The combination of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math is recognized as STEAM education. “Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead!” is the educational initiative Sierra has designed to share with classrooms, camps, and community partners to expose girls and young women to their potential in STEAM fields.

In America, only one in five workers in research, architecture, engineering, and high-tech careers are women, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. When Sierra shares this statistic, she asks, “How can young women aspire to reach their dreams if they have so few role models? How can they reach their dreams if they don’t know they are within their grasp?”

“Currently, there is a short supply of talented workers because the stereotypes of what make a good engineer, scientist, programmer, and architect exclude half of the population and half of the talent we desperately need.” Sierra states that by failing to empower our young women to pursue science, technology, engineering, arts, and math careers, our nation’s STEAM workforce will continue to decline. This results in a loss of the historical strength and competitive edge the American economy has in the fields of science and technology, according to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

As Miss Augusta, Sierra is raising awareness of the gender inequality in STEAM fields and promoting how young women can get involved. Her solution? Honoring influential women in STEAM fields in a week-long celebration, called Women in STEAM Week to be held annually in the third week of October.

The first computer programmer in the world was Augusta Ada Byron-King, Countess of Lovelace — Ada Lovelace, for short. Her story is remarkable not only because was she a woman, but also because she was coding for a computer that wouldn’t even be invented for another 100 years. Every year in October, she is recognized around the world for her contributions to innovation and for her inspiring impact on the world as a woman in STEAM. This proclamation aims to honor her, and other inspiring women like her, during Women in STEAM week. “By providing an avenue for influential women in STEAM to be publicly recognized, our young women will be exposed to numerous role models and will be empowered to pursue their interests.”

Find out more information about influential women in STEAM by visiting Miss Augusta’s website, letsgofullSTEAMahead.com