In straight-out-of-a-damn-movie news, Miss COED 2017 semifinalist, Kelsey Stone sprinted through the Cambodian jungle, tackled four poachers, said “EFF YOU,” and sent them to jail. Okay, I’m not sure if she actually tackled those a**holes and cursed at them, but that’s how I imagine it going down in my head.
The junior at California State University – Fullerton went on a volunteer trip to Cambodia through Reach Out Volunteers, an organization whose mission it is to “help make a difference in impoverished communities across the world as well as help save and protect endangered wildlife.” In other words, Kelsey officially receives the award for Most Badass/Awesome/DopeAF Miss COED contestant EVER. Congrats girl, and keep doing what you do. The world could use more people like you, TBH.
Get to know more about how badass/awesome/dopeAF Kelsey is below, and be sure to check back next week as we get to know each of our semifinalists a bit better.
What’s your biggest accomplishment thus far?
My biggest accomplishment is capturing four poachers in the Cambodian jungle. I was on a volunteer trip and we were reforesting a section of the jungle when we spotted a small fire which had just been started. Four men started sprinting through the trees and we ended up catching them and sending them to jail. It was honestly as unreal and dramatic as it sounds, but it made me feel really good that we potentially saved some endangered wildlife from becoming someone’s next meal or their pocket change.
What’s your most memorable moment at school?
My most memorable moment at school is the first week of my freshman year. I got hit in the eye with a softball at practice and I had a huge swollen bruised face. I had to meet a lot of people like that for the first time.
Give your BFF a shoutout! What’s his/her name and how long have you been besties?
My best friend’s name is Marcus. We have been best buds since kindergarten. We fought over our third musketeer, and when she moved to a different school, we were stuck together. Throughout the years, we went to traffic school together, were crowned prom King and Queen, and both moved to Orange County after high school graduation.
Do you have any secret talents?
My only “secret” talent is that I’m a self-taught special effects MUA [makeup artist, FYI]. It’s not completely a secret, though, because I do have an Instagram account which I post holiday-themed makeup turned gore (@__vanityinsanity).
What exactly is Reach Out Volunteers, and how did you first get involved?
Reach Out Volunteers is a volunteer group that is on a mission to help make a difference in impoverished communities across the world, as well as to help save and protect endangered wildlife. ROV travels to South Africa, Cambodia, Mozambique, and more to help make a difference in the local communities. I first got involved about a year ago after hearing about the program through a friend and being accepted through the application process.
Why choose this organization out of the thousands you could choose from for various other causes?
I chose this organization because the team leaders really made me feel welcome as soon as I showed interest in the program. My career path is focused on saving exotic wildlife, so when I researched ROV and learned that they had programs specifically centered around endangered wildlife, I knew I needed to be involved. ROV has many programs dedicated to different missions which allow for almost anyone to find something that speaks to them.
How often to you volunteer? What are your tasks when you volunteer?
Tell us anything else you’d like our readers to know about ROV!
ROV also offers some academic credit if you’re interested in education. You can read more about the programs, and if you are interested in applying, you can do so at www.rovolunteers.com.