Kathryn Rose Kueppers, of St. Paul, was named Miss Minnesota this weekend, becoming the second in her family to wear the crown.
Kueppers’ mother, Vicki Plaster Kueppers, was crowned Miss Minnesota in 1983. They are the only mother and daughter titleholders in Minnesota over the last 99 years and the 11th in the history of the Miss America program.
Minnesota’s first mother-daughter winners, from left: Vicki Plaster Kueppers, who won in 1983, and her daughter Kathryn Rose Kueppers, crowned in 2019. (Photos courtesy www.missminnesota.org)
While from St. Paul, Kueppers represented Coon Rapids during the competition. The 21-year-old won a $10,000 scholarship along with the title.
As Miss Minnesota, the 21-year-old Kathryn Rose Kueppers will be the official spokesperson for Children’s Miracle Network in Minnesota and will travel around the state, promoting Miss Minnesota and Miss America programs. Kueppers also created her own website as a resource for an online resource for candidates, volunteers, sponsors, and fans.
The Miss Minnesota Scholarship Competition is an official preliminary to the Miss America Competition. Kueppers will continue, competing for the title of Miss America LIVE on NBC.
Here are a few facts about Minnesota’s newest queen:
Kueppers sang the jazz song “In A Sentimental Mood,” winning the talent competition. She also won the evening wear/social impact statement competition, receiving additional scholarships.
A lover of jazz music, Kueppers can be seen in singing with the jazz group “Ella’s Cats” in Twin Cities cafes and coffee houses.
Kueppers attends Minnesota State University, Mankato studying family and consumer science education.
With an associates degree in the Culinary Arts, Kueppers has a kids cooking segment on Children’s Hospital Star Studio called “Snack Attack with Kathryn.”