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A Year of Service as Miss Kansas 2023

By Beth Walker • Jun 27, 2024
Courtney smiling as she wears her crown hugging a young child with glasses.

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Courtney Wages, Community Outreach Manager for Envision and Miss Kansas 2023, passed her crown on to the new Miss Kansas in June after completing a full year of service. Wages’ service initiative as Miss Kansas 2023 was One Vision is Not the Only Vision, which focused on advocating for people with vision loss. Her journey was supported by a strategic partnership between the Miss Kansas Organization and Envision.

Her reign was unique to the Miss Kansas Organization in that she committed herself to a year of service and continued working full-time in her role that shares the same mission, as Community Outreach Manager for Envision. During her time as Miss Kansas, Wages visited every single county in Kansas (105), had over 500 public appearances, worked 8,760 hours, traveled over 200,000 miles, and impacted over 995,000 lives!

When asked what her most memorable experience as Miss Kansas was, she shared, “Getting to visit the Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youth & Adults was my favorite visit I made of my entire year reign. I learned American Sign Language cues to know how to better communicate with people who are deaf-blind, and learned so much from the staff, students, and people from different walks of life, and was greatly inspired by everyone I met.”

While her year of service has ended, Wages shares that she will always be passionate about and continue advocating for people who are blind or visually impaired and will continue doing this through her role at Envision.

“This journey has been one of tremendous growth and self-discovery, and I owe a debt of gratitude to every Miss Kansas who came before me,” shared Wages. “Their wisdom, guidance, and unwavering support have shaped me into the woman I am today.️ I am proud to carry on the legacy of excellence and service that comes with the title of Miss Kansas, and I know that the sisterhood we share will carry on for years to come. Kansas, thank you for choosing me. I have fallen in love with your sunsets, farmlands, but most of all, the people. I know I can always click my heels home.”

Learn more about Wages’ journey as Miss Kansas.