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Lincoln University Recruiter Honored for Community Service at Miss Missouri USA Pageant

By: Lincoln University

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Keara Gaitan, a recruitment coordinator for Lincoln University of Missouri, came away from the recent Miss Missouri USA pageant with two awards honoring her community service work and her connection with young people. Gaitan, competing as Miss Capital City, contended for the state title at the pageant April 30–May 1 in Branson. 

The pageant presented Gaitan with the Tricia Langa Service Award, honoring the contestant who performed the most community service with her local title. Named for Tricia Langa, the director of domestic licensing for the Miss Universe organization, the award is a new one this year from judges inspired by Gaitan’s unflagging service efforts within the community over the past six months. 

The two-time award winner also received The Mentor award, an honor voted on by Miss Missouri Teen competitors for the Miss Missouri contestant they most admired and looked up to as a role model. 

 Gaitan is a 2019 Lincoln graduate with a degree in criminal justice. Her pageant platform, “K.E.Y. to the Crown (Kindling the Excellence in You),” focused on encouraging others to realize that spark that leads to finding their best selves.