the evening of November 30, 2003, the audience at the Century II
Convention Center, in the city of Wichita welcomed Miss Overland
Park USA, Lisa Marie Forbes, as the new Miss Kansas USA 2004. Lisa
was also announced as the preliminary gown winner. Lisa's motto
in life is "everything happens for a reason" and believes
that the gift of this job was given to her for a reason, as it is
a part of God's plan for her life. She plans to embrace this entire
year and give back to her community in every way possible.
is 22-year-old graduate of the University of Kansas where she obtained
a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. While growing
up, Lisa lived in Olathe, Kansas until she was five years old, then
moved just down the road to Overland Park, Kansas. She attended
Blue Valley Northwest High School and finished her undergraduate
education as a proud Jayhawk. The University of Kansas will always
be incredibly important to Lisa as most of her relatives are KU
alumni as well. All of Lisa's family, including her relatives, live
in Kansas and are proud Jayhawk supporters. Having finished her
education, she is pursuing a career in either public relations or
marketing, however, her dream job would be on television as a television
host. Lisa loves working with people and would love any job that
involved being out in the community, meeting new people everyday.
biggest passion in life are American Quarter Horses. She grew up
riding, showing and training the breed for over ten years. In October
of 2000, Lisa represented the Northeast Kansas Quarter Horse Association
in the All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen's Contest in Columbus,
Ohio. This event is the largest all-breed horse show in the world
and is held over a three week period with over 3,000 exhibitors.
Lisa has since sold her Quarter Horse gelding, however plans to
continue showing horses again in a few years. Her next goal is to
attain an World Championship at the American Quarter Horse World
Championship Show held every November in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
is no stranger to the pageant world, having competed for the title
of Miss Kansas USA for five consecutive years, winning the interview
award three of those years. She lives by the motto, "Everything
happens for a reason" and believes that persistence and perserverance
are the two keys to her success. Lisa never wanted to give up on
her goal of becoming Miss Kansas USA, and refused to lose sight
of this dream.
up around horses, dogs, and about any animal you can imagine, Lisa
plans on spending her year working very closely with Wayside Waifs,
one of the largest animal shelters in Kansas City. In addition,
Lisa has worked very closely with the Therapeutic Horseback Riding
program based out of Lawrence, Kansas, and also served as assistant
horse show director at this past years annual charity horse show.
Other charities Lisa has actively participated with this year are
the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society of Kansas City, the Sunflower
House, and the VA Hospital of Leavenworth and the VA Hospital of
is the daughter of Richard and Linda Forbes and has one older brother,
Randy, who is 24. She plans to use her title to speak to elementary,
middle, and high school students on a variety of topics. These include
but are not limited to, vounteerism, bullying, self-esteem and self-confidence,
and the importance of setting goals. Lisa represented the "Sunflower
State" at the 2004 Miss USA pageant in Los Angeles, California
on April 12, 2004. The Miss USA Pageant was televised live on NBC.