Melanie Shaner is the reigning Miss Kansas USA 2018 and will be representing The Sunflower State at the upcoming Miss USA pageant. The 20-year-old Overland Park native succeeded 2017 winner Catherine Carmichael, who finished in the Top 12 at Miss World America 2015. Shaner is a former Miss Kansas Teen USA 2015.
Shaner is a student at the University of Kansas and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication. Shaner is an advocate for victims of domestic violence and hopes to continue her advocacy for domestic violence and prevention with her current platform.
Miss USA takes place Monday, May 21 at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana. The pageant will air live on FOX. The Miss Universe pageant will take place at a yet-to-be-determined date.