MOUNT PLEASANT — Miss Wisconsin Paula Kuiper was honored at the state and local level Monday night before heading to the national Miss America competition.
In Mount Pleasant, Village President Mark Gleason delivered a resolution declaring Aug. 26 Paula Mae Kuiper Day.
Not only has Kuiper been his neighbor for the past 20 years, Gleason told the 30-person audience, “she’s a great representative for Mount Pleasant, Racine County and the State of Wisconsin.”
Along with county officials, including Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig, Speaker of the Assembly Robin Vos, R-Rochester, was on hand to congratulate Kuiper.
Vos delivered that congratulations on behalf of himself and the entire state Legislature, wishing Kuiper well as she prepares to represent the state at the national Miss America competition.
“Miss Wisconsin isn’t about me, it has nothing to do about me — it has to do with giving back,” Kuiper told the audience before the Mount Pleasant Village Board meeting.
She thanked her family, friends and community for their support, saying, “I’ve been so blessed.”
Kuiper, 20, is a Case High School graduate and former Miss Racine. She took this year’s Miss Wisconsin crown after winning the Miss Madison/Capital City 2013 title.
Kuiper leaves Friday for the Miss America competition, which will be held in Atlantic City, N.J., in September.