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Tara Dawn Holland

Tara Dawn Holland was born October 2, 1972, in Overland Park, Kansas. Holland attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City and became a literacy advocate and tutor. In 1996 Holland won Miss Flint Hills, and then won Miss Kansas later that year. The following year Holland won Miss America, becoming the third Kansan to win the honor. After winning Miss America, Holland has continued to give speeches around the country fighting illiteracy. Holland married Jon Lynn Christensen in 1998, and they have two children. Holland has sung for George W. Bush’s Armory Ball, as well as Governor Sam Brownback’s Inaugural Ball. Holland was named Kansas Native Sons and Daughters Kansan of the Year in 1997.

Entry: Holland, Tara Dawn

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2012

Date Modified: July 2016

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