Born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Melanie comes from a small, close family. She is the daughter of John and Karen Shaner, and considers them her number one supporters in everything she does in life. She is a graduate of Blue Valley North High School, where she was a member of the cheerleading team, choir and National Charity League.
Melanie is a student at the University of Kansas pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication. She is a member of Delta Gamma sorority and is involved with Media Crossroads and Advertising Club. She frequently volunteers for her sorority’s philanthropy, Service for Sight, which benefits the visually impaired. After graduation, she plans to combine her love for makeup artistry with her passion for marketing in the hopes of becoming an advertising director for a major cosmetics company. She is also currently an intern for a Kansas City public relations and marketing agency.
Involved in modeling and acting for many years, Melanie has appeared in runway shows and television commercials at both a local and national level. She also had the honor of being Miss Kansas Teen USA in 2015, which she says was one of the greatest experiences of her life. She loves to spend her free time trying new beauty products, going to KU basketball games and walking her dogs, Chase and Mason.
Melanie is thrilled to have the opportunity to represent her home state on the Miss USA stage, as it has been a dream of hers for many years. As Miss Kansas USA, she plans to make a difference by spreading awareness and preventing cyber bullying. She is also excited to be a representative for Warriors for Ross and raise money for families affected by pediatric cancer. She hopes to make the state of Kansas proud and is excited for the year ahead!
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