2022 Miss Maryland

Kayla Willing

Miss Maryland 2022

School: Lancaster Bible College

College Major: Double major in Biblical Studies and Communications

Scholarship Winnings: $14,200

Scholastic Honors: College-athlete with 4.0 gpa at Lancaster Bible College. Lead Prosecuting Attorney for Winning Mock Trial Team held at Chesapeake College, Lead Defense Witness for Winning Mock Trial Team held at Delaware Supreme Court, three-time Classical Conversation Formal Debate Winner, All-Academic Team for CSAC Conference, Distinguished Scholar Award for NCAA, Scholastic Achievement in Economic Studies, Mathematics, and Biblical Studies presented by Holly Grove Christian School, and honored as “Latin Master of Challenge A” in Classical Conversations Challenge A Program.

Career Ambition: After experience in the field of journalism, I plan to teach Communication Theory as a professor in the public university.

Talent: Vocal Performance

Social Impact Initiative: Based on the premise that writing is a practice for critical thinking, building a society of leaders, who comprehend broadly, who think critically, and who advocate persuasively begins with a pen and paper.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? While I am unsure of the context or the exact time this was said, my mentor/best friend, Joscelyne Swift, said “do the hard things.” Those silly four words became our anthem, our catchphrase, and our motto. During my senior year of high school, I played the role “Jo” in an theater adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel, Little Women. In that play, there was a quote that encompassed perfectly what those four words implied,”I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” It seemed at first glance like an insignificant four words, but rest assured they have motivated me more than any four words ever have.