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Dakota King, dancer and educator, named Miss Murray for the upcoming year

Sep 08, 2023 12:57PM ● By Shaun Delliskave

Outgoing Miss Murray Emma Robinson crowns Miss Murray 2024 Dakota King. (Photo courtesy of Miss Murray Organization)

Dakota King, a lifelong resident of Murray, has been named Miss Murray for 2023. Daughter of Kris and Brittany King, Dakota credits them for being brought up in a family environment emphasizing values such as love, patience and respect. She has two siblings, Walker and Jersey, and together they have been active members of the community.

Dakota's inclination toward dance began at a young age. She spent three years with Murray High School's Dance Company and has been involved as a dance instructor at the Classical Ballet Conservatory and Murray Community Dance Education for the past four years.

On the academic front, Dakota has achieved a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Ballet from the University of Utah and is in the process of completing her Master of Education with Secondary Teaching Licensure also from the University. Her professional aim is to become a high school dance educator.

The Miss Murray title recognizes individuals for their dedication and contributions to the community. As Miss Murray 2023, Dakota is expected to represent the community in various capacities over the year. Her background in dance and her academic achievements play a significant role in her selection. The community anticipates her representation in the upcoming year and wishes her success in her endeavors.

Q: What inspired you to want to become Miss Murray?

A: Leesa Lloyd was a legend at Murray High School and unexpectedly passed away last year. Miss Lloyd was the MHS dance teacher and former director of Miss Murray. She was a perfect example of dedication, love and authenticity. Not only did she inspire me to go into public education but introduced me to the Miss Murray Organization. Serving as Miss Murray is a beautiful way to honor the legacy of a woman who was so influential on the trajectory of my life. 

Q: What was it like to be named Miss Murray?

A: Being named Miss Murray has been a goal of mine since 2020 and is something that I have had to work for. This journey required a lot of patience and perseverance which prepared me to be a part of such a great legacy. 

Q: What have you learned about yourself during the process?

A: Becoming Miss Murray has taught me that success requires day-to-day progression. Change does not happen overnight. There is always room for self-improvement which is why I am constantly working to improve my speaking, networking and personal skills. Miss America empowers women to lead and inspires me to become the best version of myself. 

Q: What is your platform as Miss Murray?

A: My Community Service Initiative, The Kindness Project, increases joy and generosity through simple acts of kindness. My initiative will give the community a deeper understanding of kindness and its impact. 

Q: Tell us about family and friends who were influential to you, and what are some of the most meaningful things they have done?

A: My mom has been an example of serving others before yourself which inspires me to be loyal and kind. My dad is outgoing and taught me the value of networking and making special connections. My Grandpa John was an example of leadership and influenced me to lead with empathy and confidence.

Q: What is your message to the city you represent?

A: My No. 1 goal is to make Miss Murray visible and known in the community. I will be attending as many events as I can to make the best of my year. I am excited to make so many new friends and connections! Please follow @missmurrayut on Instagram for updates on my service and whereabouts in the community. We Are Murray. λ