Kim McMahon Hines

Kim McMahon Hines
Miss Beloit 1982 

In 1982, when I was crowned Miss Beloit, I was only 17 years old and just deciding what I wanted to do with my life.  I knew that I was interested in science but had no idea where I was going to school or where I would be in the future.  I attended Coe College and majored in Biology before attending the University of Illinois for graduate school in Physiology.  I married my high school sweetheart, Andy, and began a career in research and development.  I am the mother of 2 sons and one daughter and work as the Associate Director of Research and Development at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Rockford.  Looking back to the wonderful experience I had as Miss Beloit, I realize that the days I spent representing Beloit was an opportunity of a lifetime. The Miss Beloit pageant helped me to gain confidence on stage, at speaking engagements and in life in general.  It helped me to develop interview skills and an interest in volunteering.  These skills have been an integral part of my life from college to graduate school to the workforce.  I have also provided my children with the opportunity to gain that same confidence in their schooling, the sports my boys are pursuing and the passion for dance my daughter has shown at an early age.  I hope that each and every one of the contestants in the Miss Beloit pageant can take with them the poise, beauty and confidence the pageant system has to offer and I wish each of them the very best as they continue in pursuit of their dreams.