Kasey Marie Staniszewski realized one of her long-time dreams when she was crowned Miss Maryland USA 2013 on the evening of November 4, 2012. As a student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County studying communication, Kasey is thrilled to serve as a spokeswoman for the Miss USA Organization and as an advocate for the many charitable causes for which she cares so deeply.
Kasey was honored to represent her home state of Maryland in 2009, when she won the title of Miss Maryland Teen USA and continued on to place as 3 rd Runner-Up at the Miss Teen USA national pageant that same year. Her experiences traveling, meeting new people and sharing her talents for the benefit of others only fueled her passion for the organization and expanded her perception of the extensive and positive impact she could have as a titleholder.
Kasey is most passionate about her work to promote and encourage self-esteem in young women. As an ambassador for Beyond Beauty, a program dedicated to building confidence in girls, Kasey looks forward to raising awareness about the effects of bullying, the pressures on women from their peers and the media and the importance of being confidently and uniquely beautiful. She hopes to use her own story and the challenges she has faced as inspiration to women of all ages. Working with the USO, the Girl Scouts, Susan G. Komen for a Cure, Best Buddies, the Special Olympics and many other non-profits, Kasey is inspired to continue her efforts in volunteering and to use her title to share her voice, her story and her heart.
Kasey is a veteran to the stage, and one of her truest passions is singing. From an early age, Kasey was involved in community and regional theatre, helping to develop her confidence and hone in on her talents as a vocalist and actress. From her first role as Marta VonTrapp in The Sound of Music to her most recent starring role as Hope in Urinetown the Musical, Kasey has performed in dozens of musical theatre productions across the state of Maryland. She is most honored when asked to sing the National Anthem at deployment ceremonies and events that honor our Troops. She hopes one day travel the globe with the USO, bringing joy to the men and women who dedicate their lives to serving this great nation.
Kasey and her sister, Lindsay, known as The Sisters, have embarked on a new journey into the popular and country music genres, hoping one day to fulfill their dreams of performing at the Grammys. Kasey believes in the power of music—music is a uniquely universal language. She feels that she was blessed with a gift that she was meant to share, and she is excited to have the opportunity to sing and entertain people of all ages as Miss Maryland USA. If she manages to accomplish one thing as a titleholder this year, her goal would be to use her talents to bring smiles to others’ faces.
Kasey has enjoyed her many experiences in the fashion world, working as a model for both commercial and editorial clients across the country. Kasey loves cooking, exercise, swimming, playing the piano and leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Her favorite times are those spent with family, centered around music and laughter, and feels her genuine heart and love of making people laugh make her uniquely beautiful.
Kasey is ready to make her mark on the national stage at Miss USA and bring the best that Maryland has to offer! She dreams of becoming Miss USA 2013 and hope to be Maryland’s first Miss Universe!
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