Your kid could be on our cover!

Written by Amy Palser

Gather ‘round, cute kids of all kinds! It’s time to submit photos for the annual SPLURGE! Our Cover, Your Kid contest.

The grand prize winner will be featured on the cover of the 2019 December issue of the magazine and receive a certificate for Tobie Andrews Photography. The four finalists will participate in a photo shoot and appear inside the December issue.

“It’s a favorite cover for a lot of our readers,” said SPLURGE! publisher Jody Klein. “It’s so fun to work with these kids. I’m thankful that a panel of judges has to pick the winner and not me, because there are so many cute kids! ”

Here’s how to enter the free contest

• Download the entry form at, and email the completed form and a current photo of contestant to Entry forms can also be printed out and mailed, along with a photo, to SPLURGE! at 12950 E. 13th St. N., Wichita, KS 67202

• Single entries only (siblings must be entered separately and pictured individually)

• Must be between the ages of 6 months and 6 years and live in Wichita or the surrounding area

• Entry deadline is Nov. 11, 2019

• For complete rules and regulations, download the form here, or call the SPLURGE! office at 316.267.3678

First cover winner Is 2019 Outstanding Teen

The first-ever Our Cover, Your Kid winner is now Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen 2019, showing just how far the SPLURGE! annual contest can take you.

Tori Pedruzzi, a freshman at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, was just 3 when she landed on the cover of the December 2008 issue of SPLURGE! Mom Kelly Pedruzzi said it was fun for friends and family members to see Tori on magazine racks around Wichita, and the toddler was delighted, too. “We’d go to Dillon’s and Tori would see it and be so excited,” Kelly said. “Every time we saw it we had to grab a few! I think I still have a stack of those Splurges in my house.” Tori was dressed in a Santa coat and hat, so Kelly enlarged the cover to poster size and incorporated it into her Christmas décor.

Tori continued to model in SPLURGE! for the next year and appeared in the magazine’s fashion section three or four times. Publisher Jody Klein said that, at the time, Wichita had three baby stores, so she was always on the lookout for babies and toddlers to model the stores’ clothing in the magazine.

Two years ago, Tori resurrected her modeling career by participating in beauty pageants. She won Miss Wichita Outstanding Teen in August 2018, allowing her to compete for Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen in June 2019 in Pratt, Kansas. Tori was crowned the winner, and at just 14 years of age, is the title’s youngest winner in over a decade. A student at Midwest Dance Mechanix, Tori danced for her talent portion of the pageant and arranged her own choreography.

Her platform issue is “Movement Matters: The Power of You,” encouraging youth to put down devices and spend time being active. The Miss Kansas organization is a great scholarship program, Kelly said, and Tori already has a full-ride scholarship to the University of Alabama if she chooses to go there. Tori will hold the title of Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen until June 2020.

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