Aloha, kanes and wahines
Not only does she get to live in Hawaii, she was crowned Mrs. Hawaii in Waikiki on April 15. She is Stacey Bass Snee, a 1994 graduate of Eureka Springs High School.
Stacey went from small town Ozarks to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where she graduated with a B.S. in Oceanography.
She spent five years as a naval officer as a Surface Warfare officer and Meteorology/Oceanography officer.
Stacey left the Navy in 2003 and earned a Masters in Nutritional Science at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 2006, then completed a dietetic internship through Virginia Tech in 2009. She is now a registered dietitian.
"I will represent Hawaii in the national Mrs. America pageant, and serve Hawaii in 2012," she said. "As a registered dietitian with experience in child nutrition programs and working with the families of children who are overweight/obese. I want to foster collaboration among organizations in Hawaii aimed at healthy lifestyles.
"The childhood obesity rate is growing across the nation, but the prevalence in Hawaii is greater than the national average.
"My goal is to look back on this next year and be able to say I made a difference in the lives of our 'keiki' (Hawaiian for children), and paved the way for the fight against childhood obesity."
Stacey is the daughter of Sandy (Bass) Crawford and John Bass, and married to Navy Commander David Snee. The couple have two children, Brooke, 4, and Jake, 21 months.
The Snees will be in Hawaii for at least another two years, where David is stationed at Pearl Harbor as Executive Officer of the USS Hopper.