Ohio Native, Converted Memphian, and Soulsville Educator are a few of the titles that Lynsey Kamine already holds. But wait, there’s another! She is our very own Miss Memphis and she is on her way to compete for the title of Miss Tennessee.
“I’ve never competed in a pageant, and I don’t think anyone would meet me and think “pageant girl”, either,” Lynsey said. “A friend I grew up with in Ohio started doing pageants, and she raved about the self-fulfillment she received throughout preparing and after competing. She encouraged me to apply for Miss Tennessee USA often enough for me to cave in and apply, but I had pretty much forgotten about applying until I received an email about scheduling an interview with the pageant coordinator, and, well, now I’m Miss Memphis!”
Lynsey has always had a passion for education. She moved to the city in 2012 and has taught at Cypress Middle School, Fairview Middle School, and now, Soulsville Charter School. Although Miss Memphis doesn’t necessarily require a platform, she is channeling her fervor for learning with future endeavors.
“Having the title of “Miss Memphis” has inspired me to focus in on causes that are dearest to me,” Lynsey said. “Since I came to Memphis to teach, I’ve invested my heart into education with the belief that inspiring a love of learning in conjunction with a good dose of Memphis grit will be a significant step making big strides.”
Outside of pageant preparation, Lynsey can be found at “Spill It” story sessions, attending events at the Levitt Shell, showing her spirit at Grizz games, and taking frequent trips to Overton Park and Shelby Forest with her pup Conley (Yes, he’s named after Mike Conley.) She intends on fully bringing her Memphis Pride to the stage
When I first moved here, my identity was still so strongly tied to Ohio that I never would have predicted inheriting a Memphian identity,” Lynsey said. “Memphis is grit. Memphis is grind. I’m a huge Grizzlies fan, and I find myself thinking back to the Grizz mantras of “Believe,” and “All Heart,” and applying these sentiments to my own competition. Memphis is the underdog, and I, being a first-time pageant competitor am hoping to embody Memphis grit. I couldn’t have gotten this far in my preparation without the Memphis mindset and knowing that I am representing my city. This is Memphis—we grind here.”
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