After finishing her undergraduate degree, Kryst enrolled in in , graduating with a and in 2017.
The family moved to , and later settled in , where Kryst attended.
Her mother, April Simpkins, competed in pageantry and was crowned Mrs.
After taking several years off from pageantry, Kryst made two attempts to win the title, placing in the top ten her first attempt and first runner-up on her second attempt.
She also worked for clients who were low-level drug offenders, including her work with of the Buried Alive Project, to free a client sentenced to life imprisonment.