West Virginia University student Kimberly Goodwin, who dazzled judges with her tap dancing routine, won the title of Miss West Virginia Sunday evening (June 19) at the WVU Creative Arts Center.
In addition to taking first place in the talent portion, she was also the winner of the swimsuit and evening gown competitions.
Goodwin, a communication studies major from Morgantown, has had her share of crowning moments as Miss Fairmont City and then as Miss Morgantown.
It was surreal,she said.Its such an honor. Ive been in the Miss America organization for four years. Ive worked really hard for it, and its an amazing feeling.
The daughter of Tim and Jenny Goodwin, the 21-year-old West Virginia native will represent the Mountain State in the Miss America pageant later this year.
Theres a lot of preparation,she said.I already have an appearance schedule. Well be working on the interview process, platform and wardrobe.
Goodwins platform is tobacco awareness and education. For seven years, she has volunteered with the American Lung Association. Her work has included visiting elementary and middle schools in Monongalia County to spread the word about the harmful effects of smoking.
In her new role, she hopes to continue these efforts by collaborating with Coalition for a Tobacco-Free West Virginia and the West Virginia Bureau of Health Division of Tobacco Prevention to raise funds for research and prevention programs.
She also wants to complete a series of childrens books on exercise and other ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. The first book, which focuses on the dangers of smoking, is already written.
During her reign, Goodwin expects to travel 50,000 miles and visit more than 150 schools.
Its a full-time job,she said, adding that she plans to take a year off from WVU to fulfill her duties as Miss West Virginia.
Goodwins honors include the PROMISE Scholarship, and she has traveled extensively to compete in dance competitions.
She would like to eventually obtain a masters degree in business administration.