Class of 2017
Dual Pageant with Miss Morris
Director: Dawn Kosbab
Pageant Date: July 8, 2017
Talent: Tap Dance
Platform: Unspoken Voices-One Voice Can Change Everything
Kia Kolbinger is the daughter of Mark and Kelly Kolbinger of Becker, Minnesota. She graduated from Becker High School in 2013 and is entering her senior year at the University of MN, Morris. In May of 2017, Kia will graduate with a business management degree, sports management minor, and a dance emphasis hoping to pursue her dreams of opening a dance studio. Kia is very involved with dance at the university and has been dancing since the age of 5, starting competition dance at age 10. Today, she is co-chair of the largest organization on campus, dance ensemble, a participant in POM squad, served a year as the assistant director for the dance company on campus, recently was promoted to competition director at footnotes studio of dance, and was awarded a scholarship her junior year to study tap dance and present at an undergraduate research symposium.
Kia's platform, Unspoken Voices, has been a huge part of her life. She worked closely with the director her freshman and sophomore year until the nonprofit was created. Ever since then, Kia has spent time doing various volunteer activities to raise money and awareness, and to also help victims of sexual assault, sex trafficking, and mental illnesses. Through her journey with this nonprofit, she has also kept dance in her life as a way to cope, relax, and express herself. She enjoys tap dance the most and thrives in creating rhythms with her tap shoes.