Five high school seniors vie for Casey Junior Miss

August 21, 2003

LIBERTY - Five young women will compete in the Casey County Junior Miss scholarship program at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the high school gymnasium.

The young women, all high school seniors, are: Rita Dixon, Malory Sara Wesley, Jessica Raye Payton, Brandy Ann Thomas and Jessica James.

Dixon, daughter of Susan and James Dixon of Liberty, plans to attend college and major in journalism. She is a Governor's Scholar, has maintained a 4.0 grade point average through high school, is a member of the Casey County Leadership Council, secretary of the Student Council, president of the Art Club, and is involved in track and field. She will do a monologue as her talent.

James, daughter of Brett and Martha James, plans to attend University of Louisville law school and become a judge. She is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, is on the honor roll, and is a Washington Youth Tour delegate. She is on the volleyball and softball teams. She will do a monologue for her talent.


Payton, daughter of Claude and Martha Wyatt, plans to major in pre-law at the University of Kentucky and wants to become a prosecuting attorney. She is captain of the school dance team, a 12th Region all-academic dancer for two years, is on the national honor roll, and is president and regional reporter of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America organization. She was Voice of Democracy winner for Casey County, and Friends of Education academic scholar. She will dance in the talent event.

Thomas, daughter of Twyla and Ricky Thomas, plans to attend Western Kentucky University and become a professional football athletic trainer. She is local reporter and regional representative of Future Business Leaders of America, co-captain of the high school dance team, member of the science club and prom committee, and is a spirit booster. She will do a monologue in the talent competition.

Wesley, daughter of Steve and Brenda Wesley, plans to attend UK and major in biochemistry. She has won the CCHS academic award, is co-captain of the dance team, a 12th Region all-academic dancer and was named best overall dancer for 2003. She is treasurer of FBLA and belongs to the Middleburg Baptist Church youth group.

Contestants are evaluated in scholastics, 20 percent; interview and talent, 25 percent each; and fitness and poise, 15 percent each. The program's goal is to honor young women who excel in all of the areas and to encourage them to continue on the path of excellence by completing college education and assuming leadership roles in their community and professions.

Laura Buchanan is last year's winner and will be on hand for the program. The winner will compete in the state Junior Miss program in January.

Jennifer Godbey is chairwoman of this year's Junior Miss program.

Tickets are $5 each at the door.

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