The reigning Miss Missouri – Tippe Emmott of Springfield will be among the featured guests at this year's Missouri Day Parade. A junior at Drury University majoring in communication studies and public relations, Miss Emmott captured the title of Miss Missouri this past summer in Mexico, Missouri. The 21-year old co-ed hopes to earn her Bachelor's degree and own her own dance and performing arts studio.
A talented ballet dancer, Miss Emmott has performed throughout Europe as a principal dancer for the Encore Ballet Company and has performed with the Osmond Brothers and made guest appearances at the Dixie Stampede, the Legends and the Jim Stafford shows – all in Branson. She has traveled to six countries and has been teaching ballet for the past six years.
An advocate for the Children's Miracle Network, Tippee founded the Branson 5K Walk for CMN and has done extensive volunteer work in the Springfield/Branson areas supporting activities and fund raisers for the "network." She has been a student ambassador for the People to People organization, was an ambassador for the Ozarks Honor Flight and enjoys being a role model for young people.
Her pageant platform is "POINTE" Towards Self-Confidence to Achieve Success. If chosen Miss America, Miss Emmott says she hopes to incorporate all the things that she loves - dancing, inspiring those around her, educating her peers to self-acceptance and embracing their own individuality.
The 28th annual Missouri Day parade rolls at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 20th. Entries are still being accepted for the parade by contacting Steve Maxey or Rick Klinginsmith in Trenton.