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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Amber Layman will compete in the Miss Kansas competition

  • Sometimes, it can be hard on kids when their parent is deployed overseas. But for one local girl, her dad’s deployment meant an opportunity of a lifetime.

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  • Editor’s Note: Nikki Patrick was off on Wednesday. Today’s Patrick’s People was written by Andrew Nash.
    Sometimes, it can be hard on kids when their parent is deployed overseas. But for one local girl, her dad’s deployment meant an opportunity of a lifetime.
    When Staff Sgt. Jeremy Layman was deployed to Afghanistan last year, his daughter, Amber Layman, 11, Scammon, was contacted by Our Military Kids.
    “They said whatever activity I chose or was in, they said they’d pay for it,” Amber Layman said. “They said they’d do any after-school activity. I chose modeling, because I thought it’d be fun.”
    Layman said she likes the idea of modeling, but more than just modeling.
    “I really like the idea of being famous. Doesn’t everybody?” she said. “You can be pretty much anything in modeling. You can do freeze modeling, hand modeling, runway modeling, anything.”
    Layman’s modeling teacher became Tempra Collins, who taught her some of the basics of modeling with after-school classes.
    “The first thing she taught me was how to freeze model, which I wasn’t good at, but I learned it,” she said. “She taught me keeping my shoulders back, changing clothes quickly, walking fast — but not too fast and not too slow. I remember having to stand at a window, and choose whatever pose, and only when nobody was looking could I change the pose.”
    The Central Middle School (Columbus) sixth grader then got a big shock — a letter from the Miss Kansas competition inviting her to apply.
    “I guess if I win that, then it’s Miss America and Miss World, whatever,” Layman said. “It says you can win a bunch of money and be in the paper and in magazines. There’s kind of a little border with words that say ‘It’s Your Time To Shine.’ I like that.”
    Layman will enter into the 10-12 year old category, and she said she doesn’t know who referred her to the program, but her guess is Collins.
    As part of the application process, she was asked to send in a picture. That gave a little bit of bonding time with her father, who is a photography student at Pittsburg State.
    “My dad took a whole bunch of pictures of me to send them with the letter,” Layman said. “I could have sent my school yearbook picture, but I kind of wanted to overdo it. It turned out really pretty.”
    If chosen to compete, the Miss Kansas competition is slated for July 19.
    As for Layman’s future, it could be a prime example of the state’s motto — Ad Astra Per Aspera, or To the Stars Through Difficulties.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I like to think of myself as a runway model. It seems me kind of hard. I see fashion shows on YouTube, and it looks really hard,” Layman said.
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