AAPS 7th grader Khara Gilmore named 2023 Michigan Miss Amazing Preteen Queen; heads for nationals

“If I win, I get a bigger space to show how cool people with other abilities are,” says Khara

Khara Gilmore‘s accolades just keep coming.

The 12-year-old rising seventh grader has been crowned the 2023 Michigan Miss Amazing Preteen Queen. Michigan Miss Amazing is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities across Michigan and emphasizes inclusivity, positivity, and the celebration of individuality.

Yesterday Khara appeared on WDIV’s “Live in the D” with Amy Douglas, Michigan Miss Amazing’s first Senior Miss Queen in 2020, and Michigan Miss Amazing Co-director Rachael Hunter to discuss how an incredible group of individuals are helping to send the 2023 queens to the organization’s national summit in Chicago July 28-30.

Khara also sang and played her violin.

During the interview, Khara said she was very excited about going on to nationals.

“If I win, I get a bigger space to show how cool people with other abilities are and that we are not what they think that we are,” she said. “We are all amazing and unique people with our own talents and our own gifts, and it’s just super exciting to show that it’s really cool for people to see us.”

There is no voting system for nationals. It is judged at the summit, but Khara does have a “Sponsor a Queen” fundraiser page to help cover travel expenses.

 “Please consider supporting Khara by making a donation to the fund that has been set up to help cover the costs of this trip,” said her mother, Jennifer Joseph, a school psychologist with Ann Arbor Public Schools. “Any and all amounts are greatly appreciated.” 

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