Brittany Bruce just doesn’t slow down. The Lee’s Summit native and track star, and medical student, now is contestant in Miss Missouri USA 2015, a pageant which leads directly to Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.
She recently was given the title of Miss Greater Kansas City USA 2015.
Bruce said she hadn’t considered pageants before being voted a homecoming candidate at Baylor University.
“I’d always been in sweats and track suits, and I got to walk across the stage in a pretty dress,” Bruce said. “It was a completely different from anything I’ve done, it was a complete change-up. I loved it.”
A friend of hers had competed in Miss Missouri, so Bruce decided to give that a try herself. She was selected for Miss Greater Kansas City through an application and interview process.
The daughter of Warren and Trina Bruce, she grew up in Lee’s Summit, attending Lee’s Summit West High School, running track and graduating at the top of her class in 2007.
She received a scholarship to attend Baylor University for undergraduate work, graduating in 2012. She was a Division I track athlete, team captain and four-time NCAA All-American. She is studying to be a doctor at the Kansas University School of Medicine, considering the fields of cardiology, anesthesiology or pathology.
At KU she’s been president of two campus organizations, the Student National Medical Association and Anesthesiology Student Interest Group and part of numerous other community organizations such as the American Heart Association.
She is receiving a minimum of $33,600 scholarship to Lindenwood University for participation in the Miss Missouri USA pageant, but of course she plans to continue medical school at KU.
She said being an athlete she brings something new to the pageant.
She is raising money to help with expenses of being in the competition and those who’d like to donate can use her account at GoFundMe.com.