Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen 2012
2012: Grant to attend the Rockettes Summer Intensive at Radio City Music Hall
2014: Grant to attend Dance Excellence in California
I’ve grown up in Kansas, surrounded by the arts, with a true passion for dance. My ultimate goal is to be a member of the Radio City Rockettes in New York City. Thanks to Liz Koch and The Koch Cultural Trust, I feel confident that I will make my dreams a reality.
As I opened my award letter from KCT, I saw opportunity unfold before my eyes. I could not stop smiling. To be chosen as a grant recipient is a huge honor and I am thankful for the generosity. I’m now in my second year in New York City studying commercial dance at Pace University. This summer, I made it all the way through the Rockettes audition. Although they chose not to accept any new Rockettes, I know my time will come soon thanks to the great experiences I received through the Koch Cultural Trust.
We are so lucky to have Liz Koch and the Koch Cultural Trust in Kansas. Their impact on the arts in this community is huge. Someday, I plan to pay the donation back as a choreographer or teacher, making a difference for youth in our community.