Kirk Proud to Represent WBU as Miss Wayland

December 11, 2019

Young lady sitting beside a stuffed snowman in front of a Christmas tree
Allison Kirk was crowned Miss Wayland 2020. Kirk is proud to represent the university she loves.

Fresh off a trip to the Dominican Republic, Allison Kirk was participating in the worship service at her home church in Odessa when the congregational singing struck up the familiar chords to the song “Cornerstone.” It was a song that Kirk had shared with people in the Dominican while she was there participating in a medical mission.

“We sang it in a church that had no walls. It was just a roof, and they played it on a little speaker in Spanish,” Kirk explained. “It was just awesome to experience the worship.”

The following Sunday, at Odessa Bible Church, Kirk experienced it again and was struck by the contrast of worship styles within the experience. In that moment, she realized the impact the trip to the Dominican Republic had on her life.

Kirk was a junior in high school at the time, participating in the Kaleo program through Wayland Baptist University. Kaleo is a Christian leadership program for high school juniors and seniors. Kirk’s experience led her to apply at Wayland. Now a junior in college, Kirk was just named the new Miss Wayland. During the talent portion of the Miss Wayland pageant, Kirk revisited that meaningful moment, playing “Cornerstone” on her cello.

Kirk, whose mother, Heather (Qualls) Kirk BA’93, graduated from Wayland, wanted to find a university that was right for her. Not wanting to attend Wayland just because her mother did; her experience with Kaleo changed her mind.

“I was not expecting to come to Wayland,” she said. “I did Kaleo … I got to experience some of the campus life and meet a bunch of students and got to know some of the religion professors and I just fell in love with the campus. Two years later, I ended up here and I have never looked back.”

Kirk is majoring in recreation and camp management which is an extensive degree that encompasses a wide variety of academic areas. It is based in the School of Christian Studies and is meant to educate and train camp managers. Kirk said when she graduates she hopes to use the degree to either become a camp manager or strike out on the mission field.

“It involves all the things I love,” Kirk said of the degree, “so, if (I work) at a camp then I’m perfectly fine with that; but if it’s also like going on mission overseas, I’m as fine with that as anything else.”

The idea of reaching people with the gospel is what drives Kirk in her academic pursuits.

As passionate as she is about influencing lives with the gospel, Kirk also hopes to influence those with whom she comes in contact as Miss Wayland – representing the university she loves.

“I’m involved a lot on campus and I always want to represent Wayland well,” Kirk said. “I love this school. I love the campus and I just thought this would be an awesome platform just to represent Wayland.”

Kirk recently participated in the local city Christmas parade, her first official act as Miss Wayland.

“It was really fun, just getting out in the community,” she said.

As 2020 approaches, Kirk and the staff in the Student Activities Office are working to schedule events where she can make an appearance as Miss Wayland. She is willing to speak at civic organization meetings or represent the university at any other function. If you would like to request Miss Wayland to appear at your event, contact Nicole Adams, coordinator of Student Activities, at 806-291-3752.