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Meet Miss Kansas HBCU Teen

Princess Horton is in the Class of 2024 at Turner High School

As a student at Turner High School, Princess Horton holds several leadership roles: Leadership 20/20, Multicultural Club co-founder, President of Black Leaders of America, and a member of school athletics teams, among many others. “I take great pride in my determination throughout my high school years,” she said.

That determination led her to a new role: Miss Kansas HBCU Teen - a program designed to foster a network and mentorship for students interested in attending a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

Prior to being named as a Miss Kansas HBCU Teen, Horton underwent a competitive selection process.

As part of the process, she shared her vision for utilizing and expanding the platform - and even more importantly, how she would contribute to her community. She shared that one way in which she hopes to do this is by amplifying the voices of Black youth in leadership roles, among other initiatives.

Horton intends to attend a HBCU where she will major in Criminology or Criminal Justice, creating a pre-law path to become a Criminal Defense Attorney. During her senior year, she is participating in the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department deputy intern program, where she is getting first-hand experiences working in law enforcement.

Horton shared, “As Miss Kansas HBCU Teen, it is my responsibility to embody the utmost respect while representing my state. I am tasked with actively engaging in community initiatives, fostering connections with businesses to secure sponsorships, and expanding my business knowledge.”

When asked about her time at Turner High School, she cited staff who have supported her along the way. “Throughout my time at THS, I've been fortunate to encounter several teachers, coaches, and counselors who have profoundly influenced me in positive ways. Among them, Mr. Miles, my AVID teacher, and Ms. Sims and Ms. Harris, who lead the Black Leaders of America, have played key roles.”

Congratulations to Princess Horton - we are honored to have you representing your school and community at the state level!