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Miss Kentucky to be crowned next week in Lexington

Thirty-two contestants from scholarship pageants throughout the state will be vying next week to become Miss Kentucky 2013.

The pageant will be at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. Preliminary competitions will be at 7 p.m. June 27-28. The final night of competition, culminating with the crowning of the new Miss Kentucky, will be on June 29.

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 or by visiting Singletarycenter.com.

More than $41,000 in cash scholarships will be awarded to contestants in addition to prizes and in-kind scholarships to various colleges and universities.

The winner will represent Kentucky in the Miss America Pageant in September in Atlantic City, N.J., and broadcast 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. The contestant with the most votes will be named "Kentucky's Choice" and will be one of the 13 semifinalists.

Voting ends at 9 p.m. June 28, and all proceeds from the voting will benefit the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization, a nonprofit program.

View the contestants' profiles here.

Laura Jones

Pageant: Miss Appalachia Area

Parents: Pamela and Tom Jones

Hometown: Fisherville

College: Kentucky Christian University

Platform: W.A.I.T.

Talent: Fiddle, Famous Fiddle Medley

Kathryn Wilhoit

Pageant: Miss Ashland Area

Parents: Tiffany and William Wilhoit

Hometown: Ashland

College: Georgetown College

Platform: Read For Life - Promoting Literacy in America

Talent: Vocal, I Want to Hold Your Hand

Jordan Phillips

Pageant: Miss Belle of Louisville

Parents: Becky and Barry Phillips

Hometown: LaGrange

College: University of Kentucky

Platform: Character Counts

Talent: Vocal, I Am Changing

Jenna Day

Pageant: Miss Berea Area

Parents: Leslie and Daniel Day

Hometown: Louisville

College: University of Kentucky

Platform: Improving the Lives of Special Needs Children

Talent: Vocal, And This Is My Beloved

Annie Franklin

Pageant: Miss Bluegrass Area

Parents: Mikka Darby and Scott Franklin

Hometown: Winchester

College: Morehead State University

Platform: H'Art of the Matter - Much More than Art

Talent: Vocal, Happy Days Are Here Again

Ramsey Carpenter

Pageant: Miss Bowling Green

Parents: Donna and Joey Carpenter

Hometown: Hartford

College: University of Kentucky

Platform: Multiple Sclerosis Awareness, "The Invisible Disease"

Talent: Fiddle, Sally Goodin and Orange Blossom Special

Sarah Cocanougher

Pageant: Miss Cardinal Country

Parents: Ruth Ann and Tim Cocanougher

Hometown: Springfield

College: University of Louisville

Platform: Begin the End to Bullying

Talent: Vocal, Over the Rainbow

Claire Butler

Pageant: Miss Commonwealth

Parents: Rachel and Tom Butler

Hometown: Prospect

College: University of Louisville

Platform: The Confidence Coalition

Talent: Vocal, Wishing You Were Somehow Here AgainKiley Shuffett

Pageant: Miss Cumberland Falls

Parents: Connie and Stan Shuffett

Hometown: Greensburg

College: University of Kentucky

Platform: Global Youth Service

Talent: Piano, The Lion Tamer Rag

Lindsay Jones

Pageant: Miss Derby City

Parents: Merri Lee Warren and Charles Jones

Hometown: Salvisa

College: University of North Texas

Platform: Spread the Word to End the Word

Talent: Piano, Solfeggietto

Andrea Walker

Pageant: Miss Garrard County

Parents: Lindsay Walker and the late Steve Walker

Hometown: Wilmore

College: Eastern Kentucky University

Platform: A Home For Every Horse

Talent: Vocal, The Impossible Dream

Lindsey Cook

Pageant: Miss Goldenrod

Parents: Tina Horn and Monty Cook

Hometown: Stanford

College: Eastern Kentucky University

Platform: The Humane Society

Talent: Jazz Dance, Candy Man

Kashara Garrett

Pageant: Miss Grayson

Parents: Andrea and Tony Garrett

Hometown: Irvine

College: Eastern Kentucky University

Platform: Youth Fitness - Promoting a Healthy Body, Mind and Soul

Talent: Jazz Dance, Burning Love

Courtney Norvell

Pageant: Miss Harlan County

Parents: Leah and Patrick Norvell

Hometown: Corbin

College: Eastern Kentucky University

Platform: A Bright Beginning - Serving the March of Dimes Organization

Talent: Vocal, Colors of the Wind

Cynthia Thomas

Pageant: Miss Heart of Louisville

Parents: Linda Frey Thomas and Calvin Thomas Sr.

Hometown: Maysville

College: Northern Kentucky University

Platform: Autism Awareness

Talent: Vocal, O Mio Babbino Caro

Cayce Crowder

Pageant: Miss Heart of the Mountains

Parents: Tammy and Tim Crowder

Hometown: Louisville

College: Morehead State University

Platform: Baby Feat - Defeating the Stigma of Post Partum Depression

Talent: Vocal, BraveHayley Franklin

Pageant: Miss Heart of the Parks

Parents: Crystal and Ben Franklin

Hometown: Carrollton

College: Northern Kentucky University

Platform: The American Cancer Society/Relay for Life

Talent: Vocal, Temporary Home

April Reinle

Pageant: Miss Jefferson County

Parents: Mary Ann and John Reinle

Hometown: Springfield

College: University of Louisville

Platform: Empowering At-Risk Youth

Talent: Piano, Pirates of the Caribbean

Stephanie Ramos

Pageant: Miss Lexington

Parents: Annette and Carlos Ramos

Hometown: Danville

College: University of Kentucky

Platform: Preventing Cyberbullying

Talent: Latin Jazz Dance, On the Floor

Alison Lovely

Pageant: Miss Magoffin County

Parents: Tonya and Woody Fields and Brian Lovely

Hometown: Salyersville

College: Eastern Kentucky University

Platform: Breast Cancer - Becoming a Co-Survivor

Talent: Vocal, I'll Stand By You

Megan Lineberry

Pageant: Miss Mammoth Cave Area

Parents: Laura and Paul Lineberry

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

School: University of Kentucky

Platform: Music Matters

Talent: Classical Violin, Zigeunerweisen

Arielle Evans

Pageant: Miss Metro Louisville

Parents: Carmen and Monte Evans

Hometown: Louisville

College: Georgetown College

Platform: Adoption Awareness - He Is My Brother

Talent: Vocal, Ave Maria

Miranda Buchanan

Pageant: Miss Monticello

Parents: Lisa and Randy Buchanan

Hometown: Frankfort

College: Georgetown College

Platform: Just Say No to the Indoor Glow - Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Talent: Vocal, " Who Have Nothing

Kelsey White

Pageant: Miss Mountain Pride

Parents: Fred and Kim White

Hometown: Williamsburg

College: Eastern Kentucky University

Platform: Dreams Not Drugs - Reclaiming the Future of America's Youth

Talent: Piano, MalaguenaAshton Gooch

Pageant: Miss My Old Ky. Home

Parents: Tracy and Doug Gooch and Sherry and Shane Young

Hometown: Stanford

College: University of Kentucky

Platform: Let's Move - A Health and Fitness Campaign

Talent: Acrobatic Dance, Aqua Vitae

Melissa Cox

Pageant: Miss Richmond Area

Parents: Barbara and James Cox

Hometown: Roselle, Ill.

College: University of Louisville

Platform: Forever Young - Speaking Out for Children of Sexual Abuse

Talent: Baton Twirling, "Rhythm of the Night

Madison McCowan

Pageant: Miss Southeast Kentucky

Parents: Angela and David McCowan

Hometown: London

College: University of Kentucky

Platform: Pay It Forward

Talent: Musical Theater Dance, Buenos Aires

Dakoda Trenary

Pageant: Miss Thoroughbred of the Bluegrass

Parents: Lori and Scott Trenary

Hometown: Corinth

College: Morehead State University

Platform: God's Special Little Hearts

Talent: Piano, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Candice Cruz

Pageant: Miss University of Kentucky

Parents: Melissa and David Wiltshire

Hometown: Brandenburg

College: University of Kentucky

Platform: Causes for a Cure

Talent: Vocal, Son of a Preacher Man

Amelia Gandara

Pageant: Miss University of Louisville

Parents: Carmen Gandara and Joe Kruszynski

Hometown: Yuma, Ariz.

College: University of Louisville

Platform: Encouraging Young People in STEM Fields

Talent: Ballet en Pointe, Gershwin 3 Preludes for Piano, No. 3

Johanna McIntosh

Pageant: Miss University of Pikeville

Parents: Lillie Dotson and James McIntosh

Hometown: Phelps

College: University of Pikeville

Platform: The Keys to Type Two Diabetes Prevention

Talent: Vocal, I Believe I Can Fly

Ashley Ferry

Pageant: Miss Heartland

Parents: Bob and Linda Ferry

Hometown: Louisville

College: University of Louisville

Platform: S.O.S. - Serving Our Seniors

Talent: Jazz Dance, Jai Ho

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