FHS senior wins Miss Teen Texas title
Kylie Boyd has been competing in pageants since she was 5 years old. In April, it all paid off when she won Miss Teen Texas International.
She’ll be heading to the Miss Teen International competition in Chicago in July.
Kylie said it is a mother-daughter thing to compete in pageants, but it is a father-daughter thing to compete in rodeo. She is the daughter of Byron and Carol Boyd.
Kylie, who will graduate from Frenship High School later this month, is planning to attend Texas Tech, where she has already won a scholarship to be a barrel racer on the rodeo team. She will take a dual major in animal science, which she hopes will allow her to move on to veterinary school or medical school. She is interested in a career in either plastic surgery or obstetrics/gynecology.
The new pageant queen said even though she won her title on April 14, it is just now sinking in that she has it. She keeps the crown and sash beside her bed.
“Every morning, I expect them just to be gone,” she said.
But even with a crown, she said, “Rodeo is my main thing. I’ve done that since I was little.”
She has also been involved in National Honor Society, National Technology Honor Society, BPA, choir and theater.
After school, she trains horses and gives riding lessons, and she also sings and plays piano.
Kylie said she has been in a lot of pageants, but she said she likes the Miss Teen International pageants because they stress the interview process, which counts for 40 percent of the contestants’ scores.
“I chose this system because a lot of it is based on interview,” she said. “They want a girl who is involved in her community.”
Kylie laughed when it was pointed out she does not appear to be crying in a photo where she is being crowned. She said girls are coached backstage on what to do if they win, and covering up their face in tears is not photogenic. She may have had a tear, Kylie said, but mostly she was overjoyed.
During an interview, Kylie wore a T-shirt and sweats, which she said is pretty normal school attire. Most people probably don’t even know she competes in pageants, and she said she’s never been to eager to talk about it.
“I don’t want to seem like I’m flaunting it,” Kylie said.
The pageants themselves offer her an opportunity to get “girly-ed up,” she said, but she said they also allow her to befriend a lot of people she wouldn’t otherwise meet. She also won a scholarship from the most recent pageant, which she said is helpful.
Her mother, Carol Boyd, said it has been great for Kylie to learn public speaking skills through pageants. She said the pageants have opened doors for her daughter to get involved in the community, and that she has enjoyed helping Kylie to participate.
But she said although she did a pageant with her own high school in the 1970s, she could never get up and speak the way Kylie does.
During the next year, Kylie will be blogging frequently about her experiences through Miss Teen Texas International. She is required to make two community service appearances per month, and she hopes to make many of those appearances on the way to rodeos.
Kristin Koether, executive state director of Miss Teen International, said Kylie is an ambitious and beautiful young lady inside and out.
“Her commitment to community service is just amazing. It really set her apart from the other contestants,” Koether said.
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