PRATT, Kan. -

A Kansas pageant winner is about to hang up her crown, and pick up a bow and arrow for national TV.

It was a year ago Theresa Vail was crowned Miss Kansas. She not only captured the attention of the state, but went on to be the talk of the national stage. From her tattoos, to military service and archery skills, Vail wowed audiences.

Sue Givens, Miss Kansas Organization, said Theresa made an impact on the pageant world.

"You don't have to be in the mold of a pageant girl," Givens said. "That's what we want our program to be about."

Vail went on to place in the Top 10 of the Miss America Pageant. She was also awarded "America's Choice."

"It was nothing I imagined," Vail said. "I had no idea certain opportunities would be brought to me by holding the title of Miss Kansas. I love talking to little girls and showing them you don't have to be a princess."

Vail starts a new job with the outdoor channel next week.

Preliminary competition for the Miss Kansas Pageant began in Pratt Thursday night. Thirty-one women are competing for the 2014 crown.