Thirty-one contestants from scholarship pageants throughout the state will be vying this week to become Miss Kentucky 2012.
The pageant will be at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. Preliminary competitions will be at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The finals will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, culminating with the crowning Miss Kentucky.
The winner will succeed Ann Blair Thornton.
Tickets to the three nights of competition — $25 each night of the preliminaries and $50 for the finals — are available by calling the Singletary Center box office at (859) 257-4929.
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More than $38,000 in cash scholarships will be awarded to contestants in addition to numerous prizes and in-kind scholarships to colleges and universities. The winner will represent Kentucky in the Miss America Pageant in January in Las Vegas, telecast live on ABC.
Again this year, one of the semifinalists for Miss Kentucky will be determined by the public rather than the panel of judges. Each online vote costs $1 at Misskentuckypageant.com, payable by credit card or PayPal. There is no limit to the number of votes a person may cast.
Voting ends at 9 p.m. Friday, and all proceeds from the voting will benefit the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization, a non-profit program.
The contestant with the most votes will be named "Kentucky's Choice" and be one of the 11 semifinalists.
To learn more about the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization, go to Misskentuckypageant.com.Mira Roxanne Baker: Pageant: Miss Mammoth Cave Area. Age: 23. College: Georgetown College graduate. Major: political science. Platform: Music Adds Up. Talent: Jazz vocal, I've Got the World on a String.Jefra Bland: Miss Bowling Green. 22. University of Kentucky. Broadcast journalism. Stopping prescription drug abuse. Piano, Scherzo in D Minor.Miranda Buchanan: Miss Bluegrass Area. 21. Georgetown College. Psychology. Skin cancer awareness. Vocal, Proud Mary.Claire Anne Butler: Miss University of Louisville. 19. University of Louisville. Communications. Confidence Coalition. Operatic vocal, Una Voce Poco Fa.Ramsey Carpenter: Miss University of Kentucky. 21. University of Kentucky. Special education (learning and behavior disorders). Multiple sclerosis. Fiddle, 12th Street Rag. Jessica Danielle Casebolt: Miss Goldenrod. 19. Georgetown College. Political science. Heart health awareness. Vocal, Superstar.Melissa Cox: Miss Cardinal Country. 19. University of Louisville. Marketing. Make-A-Wish Foundation. Baton twirling, Any Way You Want It.Candice Cruz: Miss Heartland. 21. University of Kentucky. Broadcast journalism. Confidence Coalition & The Dove Campaign. Vocal, Chain of Fools.Jenna Day: Miss Louisville. 20. University of Kentucky. Political science and vocal performance. Special needs children. Vocal, Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life.Ashley Ferry: Miss Jeffersontown. 21. University of Louisville. Elementary and special education. S.O.S. — Serving Our Seniors. Jazz dance, Luck Be a Lady.Katherine Fields: Miss Thoroughbred. 20. University of Kentucky. Marketing and nutrition. Children's health. Piano, Tarantella.Annie Franklin: Miss Monticello. 19. Morehead State University. Theater. H'Art of the Matter — Much More Than Art. Vocal, My Man.Elizabeth Hayley Franklin: Miss Heart of the East. 22. Northern Kentucky University graduate. Communication studies. American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Vocal, Temporary Home.Ashton Gooch: Miss Commonwealth. 22. University of Kentucky. Biology and human nutrition. Let's Move! Rhythmic gymnastics, Fanatico Master.Allie Shae Hash: Miss Elizabethtown Area. 21. Elizabethtown Community & Technical College. Dental hygiene. Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Vocal, Without You.Olivia Henken: Miss Fayette County. 23. University of Louisville graduate. Business management. The Lily Sarah Grace Fund. Vocal, Rolling in the Deep.Katie Himes: Miss Harlan County. 19. Northern Kentucky University. Pre-med/ psychology. Katie's Kids Against Bullying. Vocal, I Dreamed a Dream.Laura Jones: Miss Grayson. 19. Union College. Nursing. W.A.I.T. Fiddle, Famous Fiddle Medley.Hillary Lewis: Miss East Kentucky. 22. University of Kentucky. Marketing. Importance of community investment. Vocal, Feels Like Home.Alison Breanne Lovely: Miss Berea Area. 22. Eastern Kentucky University. Public relations. Breast cancer awareness. Vocal, Man in the Mirror.Sydney Lutz: Miss Richmond Area. 20. Centre College. Spanish and broadcast journalism. Breast cancer awareness and prevention. Clogging, Orange Blossom Special.Katelyn Minix: Miss University of Pikeville. 21. University of Pikeville. Nursing and psychology. Bone marrow donation — education and awareness. Clogging, Footloose.Courtney Norvell: Miss Cumberland Falls. 20. Eastern Kentucky University. Broadcasting and electronic media. March of Dimes. Vocal, When I Fall In Love.Brooke Powell: Miss Belle of Louisville. 18. Western Kentucky University. Broadcast journalism. Raising awareness of heart health. Clogging, Conga.Stephanie Ann Ramos: Miss River City. 19. Western Kentucky University. Psychology and journalism. Preventing cyberbullying. Lyrical dance, Woman's Worth.Taylor Reber. Miss Ashland Area. 17. Marshall University. Business administration. Adoption awareness. Contemporary lyrical dance, Color Blind.Kiley Brennan Shuffett: Miss My Old Kentucky Home. 21. University of Kentucky. Spanish. Project Linus. Piano, Malaguena.Meighan Lee Shumate. Miss Appalachia Area. 21. Western Kentucky University. English for secondary teachers. Rachel's Challenge. Lyrical dance, A Thousand Years.Julie Springate: Miss Jefferson County. 20. Centre College. Biology. Every Kid Counts. Piano, Rustles of Spring.Lara Turner: Miss Magoffin County. 21. Morehead State University. Nursing. Protecting youth against child abuse. Piano, The Well-Tempered Clavier.Andrea Leigh Walker: Miss Heart of the Parks. 22. Eastern Kentucky University. Broadcast journalism. Prescription drug abuse. Vocal, Can't Help Falling in Love.