About Us

Since 1985 the Miss Wisconsin Rapids Scholarship Organization has given away over $230,000 worth of scholarship assistance to young women in Wisconsin Rapids and the surrounding areas. Through our program we are committed to empowering young women not only through higher education, but also by giving them the skills to be successful in their future careers.  Miss Wisconsin Rapids serves our community by promoting her own individual platform, acting as a spokesperson for Miss America's national platform (Children's Miracle Network Hospitals) and volunteering at local non-profit organizations throughout the area. Women between the ages of 17-24 residing in Wisconsin Rapids or the surrounding areas are eligible to compete. 

 

We are a preliminary competition to the Miss Wisconsin and Miss America Organizations. The Miss Wisconsin Rapids Organization is run solely by volunteers. 

The Miss Wisconsin Rapids Scholarship Organization is a local preliminary competition to the Miss Wisconsin and Miss America Competitions. This means that the winner of the Miss Wisconsin Rapids Pageant will go on to compete at the Miss Wisconsin Pageant held in June in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Whomever wins Miss Wisconsin, advances to the national, Miss America competition.

Leadership

Morgan (Vanderhei) Simon
Co-Executive Director

Morgan Simon began competing within the Miss America Organization in the fall of 2007, vying for the title four times before winning the job of Miss Wisconsin Rapids Area 2014. “It was an honor to represent my hometown, but this organization has had my heart since long before I was crowned. The local programs are the backbone of this organization, and our local program and all its dedicated volunteers have helped shape me into the woman I am today, by providing me with personal and professional growth opportunities.” During her year of service, Simon made more than 70 appearances and raised more than $3,600 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals; she also earned over $4,000 in scholarship dollars over the years. Since crowning her successor, Morgan has volunteered as the Booking Manager for the Miss Wisconsin Rapids Scholarship Program prior to taking on the Co-ED role in 2020.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with minors in Marketing and Economics from UWSP. Currently, she works as the College Outreach Coordinator for MidState Technical College and resides in Wisconsin Rapids with her husband Andrew, their puppy Havok and cats, Opie and Thelma Lou.

Tianna Vanderhei
Co-Executive Director

Tianna started competing within the Miss America Organization in 2010 as a candidate in the Miss Wisconsin Rapids Scholarship Organization, earning six local titles over the course of an eight year journey which culminated with her serving as Miss Wisconsin 2018. A trained dancer since age five, Vanderhei performed a lyrical dance for the talent portion of the competition.  At state, she earned the Overall Dance Award, Overall Interview Award and Miracle Maker Award. At the 2019 Miss America competition, Tianna went on to win the first-ever Preliminary On-Stage Question/Interview Award and landed a spot among the Top 15. In total, earning more than $20,000 in scholarships to utilize toward paying off her education.

Tianna holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational and Professional Communication Studies with a minor in Sports Broadcasting. She has extensive experience in broadcast journalism, working as a Multi-Media Journalist and Fill-In Anchor for an ABC affiliate prior to pursuing a career in advertising sales and marketing. She currently works as the Marketing Communication Specialist for Nekoosa Coated, a global manufacturer of specialty print media. In addition, she edits and manages her podcast, The Grit Behind the Glitz, interviewing women both in pageantry and prominent professions in an effort to share their trials and tribulations while empowering others. In her free time, she enjoys running, hunting, golfing and spending time with family, friends and her puppy, Chester.

Board of Directors

● Katie Tomsyck, President

● Nikki Calteux, Vice President

● Meg Kumm, Treasurer and Workshop Coordinator

● Hannah Ashbeck, Volunteer and Interview Advisor

● Kelli Quinnell, Show Director

● Amy Kubisiak, Secretary and Fundraiser Lead

● Lindsay Reimer, Little Miss (Formerly Princess) Program Coordinator

● Morgan Simon, Board Member and Booking Manager

● Tianna Vanderhei, Board Member and Social Media Coordinator

● Patti Kumm, Board Member

● Joanne Wayne, Board Member

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