Photo Credit:
Jim Grillot


On 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.

Lisa 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.

Lisa's 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.

Lisa 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.

Growing 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 Kansas City.

Lisa 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.


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