The night Laura Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America, she said she felt God’s peace and presence. She credits her faith to her years at St. Therese Elementary School and St. Joseph High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. “My Catholic education has been so important in reaching my goals,” Kaeppeler told The Catholic Herald, the Milwaukee Archdiocesan newspaper. “It gave me my foundation for my faith.”
When Kaeppeler was Miss Wisconsin, her life experiences led her to start a program called Circles of Support, which mentors children of incarcerated parents. She feels a kinship with them because her father was sentenced to a year in federal prison when she was a teenager.
Kaeppeler plans to use the $50,000 college scholarship she receives as Miss America to go to law school so she can become a family attorney specializing in helping children who have a parent in jail. Her message to kids is, “Put God first, believe in yourself, and never give up.”
This is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.
(1 John 5:4)
I pray for an increase in the virtue of faith, Lord.