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Kendyl Carol Bell graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in communication. During her studies at BYU, she was selected to be part of an internship program for the Utah State Senate. The following year, she was asked to be Intermountain HealthCare’s intern during the legislative session, which set off her political career. Kendyl currently works with the municipal government in Utah as the Community Outreach Manager for Republic Services, focusing on recycling program implementation.
Kendyl also works as a Zumba instructor for various gyms in the Salt Lake Valley and has been a licensed instructor since October 2008. She loves working out to all of the Latin rhythms, especially salsa.
In March 2011, Kendyl visited Peru to help provide free medical and dental care for the Peruvians in villages. Additionally, Kendyl spent a month in Zambia, Africa making bricks, building schools, providing care for those suffering from AIDS, and playing with children. Her philanthropic work expanded following her diagnosis with Asthma at 17, when she began volunteering for the American Lung Association. In 2008, she was given the Volunteer of the Year Award by the national American Lung Association for her Asthma education program, Blue Balloon Day that raised over $50,000 and reached 33,000 students.
After losing her grandmother to Breast Cancer seven weeks before the Miss Utah USA competition, Kendyl would like to dedicate her year as Miss Utah USA to those affected by Breast Cancer.
Kendyl was a competitive figure skater growing up.
Kendyl loves the song “For Good” from the musical "Wicked."
Kendyl enjoys taking cake-decorating classes.
"Miss USA has given me the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself. Recently, my older brother was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of colon cancer. This has sparked my desire to use my title to advocate awareness and share the message to live strong, keep fighting, and never give up!"