Clark Janell Davis, the new Miss Kentucky, is tall, ambitious, disciplined, talented and poised.
And she's 17, turning 18 on Aug. 9.
Her first pageant was in January, when she was crowned Miss Horse Capital of the World, a Miss Kentucky preliminary. That's January 2015, seven months ago.
Her stage debut was playing a pickpocket in a SCAPA — School for the Creative and Performing Arts — production of Oliver Twist. She was in fourth grade.
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She'd like to be the next Miss America. And she'd like to be president of the United States one day: It's what she wants and what she thinks God has set out for her.
Davis is a 2014 graduate of SCAPA at Lafayette High School. Everett McCorvey, professor of voice and director and executive producer of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, is her voice teacher.
She described this year's July 4 Miss Kentucky pageant as clear sailing.
"It's not about the other women," Davis said. "It's about how well I feel when I'm onstage rather than how the other girls are doing."
Prior to becoming Miss Kentucky, Davis began each day with quiet time with her Bible. She gives credit for her deep faith in part to the youth community at Immanuel Baptist Church, where she is a member.
She still starts her day that way, but now that she's Miss Kentucky, other daily routines, such as working out, are worked in around her busy schedule.
Lest you think Davis sounds pretty perfect, she has had struggles, including being diagnosed with dyslexia in elementary school. Her pageant platform, dyslexia awareness, stems from that, she said. The dyslexia platform, she said, urges schools "to be about teaching students who have learning differences better than we do now."
Overcoming that reading difficulty made Davis take inventory of her goals and approach them with laser focus.
"I came to the realization that I was going to college. ... and I needed to go above and beyond to get there. ... To get out that anxiety and frustration I started to sing."
Davis is a vocal performance major at UK with a political science minor, a decision her parents supported despite its lack of job prospects.
"They knew music was what I was passionate about, and they would support me until I was not passionate about it any more," Davis said.
If she becomes Miss America, that is a year's full-time job. If not, she'll work in the state Department of Agriculture promoting Kentucky Proud products, and then return to UK as a sophomore in 2016. She won about $16,000 in scholarship money in the Miss Kentucky pageant to help defray future expenses, she said.
As a trained vocal performer, she doesn't get nervous onstage any more. Davis said she "was in a very calm place" going into the Miss Kentucky pageant, where she won the talent competition with her rendition of Summertime from the 1935 opera Porgy & Bess.
Alberta Labrillazo, who taught drama to Davis for seven years at SCAPA, said Davis "is the total package."
"She's one of those real people," Labrillazo said. "She's not fake. She's not put-on. That's very rare to find. You just don't find kids who are her age who are that comfortable in their skin, that are that honest."
Does Labrillazo think Davis will win the Miss America title?
"I really believe she will," Labrillazo said.
Ginger Davis, Clark's mother, has a YouTube channel that features the accomplishments of her children: Jackson, Clark's older brother, is a basketball player at Indianapolis' Butler University and former Lafayette basketball standout — he is Lafayette's all-time leader in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots and was first team All-State in 2013-14 — while Clark is first shown on the YouTube channel as a 13-year-old performing the national anthem at a Lexington Legends game.
"He is awesome," Clark Davis says of her brother. "We are best friends."
Says her grandmother, Lynn Clark: "Clark has always been Jack's rock. They are so close."
Clark Davis does not do things halfway. When, as an eighth-grader, she became interested in becoming a basketball player — following in the steps of her father, Johnathon, who played for UK, and her brother Jackson — she underwent conditioning with the Lafayette women's basketball team. She wound up getting the lead role in the musical Aladdin and deciding to concentrate on that instead, but never forgot the conditioning.
The experience taught her "how to have a healthy lifestyle, and to push myself," she said.
Davis is extra-disciplined these days. She rations out her ice cream as a special treat. Shortly after winning Miss Kentucky, she went to Dairy Queen and got a Blizzard. Her grandmother, Lynn Clark, said she had been talking about that Blizzard for about a month.
The new Miss America will be crowned on Sept. 13 in Atlantic City, following three days of preliminary competition. The pageant finale will be televised on ABC.
Her message to younger teens: "Have joy every day."
"I was overweight, and I had a whole head of hair and glasses," Davis said of herself in high school. She lost 50 pounds in a year.
"I was not always a beauty queen."
And about the presidential goal: She's not kidding. Davis has felt she would be president even since she took her first government class as a freshman in high school.
Given that it only took her a year to decide to become Miss Kentucky, lose 50 pounds and achieve that title, it may be wise to remember her name.