Among the most accomplished competitors to emerge in the Texas pageant system, Kelly Dillard is committed to making a difference through sharing her life story. In service of this mission, Dillard recently appeared on the Anderson Cooper Show, where she discussed her experience as a victim of bullying. A former Miss North Texas, she has drawn on her pageant life as an opportunity to ally herself with a number of public health causes, including helmet safety, physical fitness, and bullying prevention. As a competitor in the Miss Texas pageant, Kelly Dillard partnered with non-profits such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Cancer Support Community of North Texas, and WALK ON, a therapeutic riding facility dedicated to serving children with autism spectrum disorders.
Kelly Dillard is currently enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of North Texas, where she studies psychology. A lifelong performer, Dillard has been a member of the University of North Texas Dance Team for two years. In 2011, she showcased her abilities onstage during Super Bowl XLV, when she danced backup in the halftime performance of the Black Eyed Peas. More recently, she made it to the final round of tryouts for the Dallas Mavericks Dance Team as well as the Dallas Stars Dance Team.
A musician with more than ten years of piano experience, Kelly Dillard enjoys traveling, modeling, and participating in pageants. In the future, she hopes to pursue graduate education in psychology, with an emphasis in bariatric health. Dillard is a graduate of McKinney North High School, located in Collin County. During her time in high school, she competed in numerous dance events and served as a finalist in a lyric dance contest that featured the best young dancers from throughout the state of Texas. In addition, she performed as a member of the McKinney Drill Team for four years.