Lincoln County Junior Miss contest set for Monday

September 17, 2004

STANFORD - Eighteen young women will vie for Lincoln County Junior Miss and the scholarship awards that go with the title at 7 p.m. Monday at Stuart Underwood Auditorium at Lincoln County High School.

They will compete for more than $15,000 in cash scholarships and approximately $1 million in college scholarships. More than 238 girls have participated in the Lincoln County program since its beginning in 1985.

Tickets are now available by calling Stuart Underwood at (606) 365-9111, ext. 733. All seats are reserved and cost $7 each.

Tickets also may be purchased at the door, if available.

There will be a silent auction of items to bid on, including University of Kentucky basketball tickets, UK football tickets, Longerberger baskets, Bybee pottery and more.


The Lincoln County program has received the state award for giving participants the most cash scholarships since 1993 and has several times won the "Kentucky Program of the Year" award. It also has won awards for best program booklet and most college-offered scholarships.

At the state level, Lincoln County's 2004 program again walked away with numerous awards, and Stuart and Sheila Underwood received the "Volunteer of the Year Award."

Organizers said the program's success could not be accomplished without the hard work and dedication of volunteer committee members and patrons through their financial support.

All photography is courtesy of Barbara Ann's Photography. The Lincoln County Junior Miss Committee takes pride in the fact that 100 percent of sponsorship money is used for scholarships for participants, organizers said.

To earn the cash and college-offered scholarships available, the candidates are evaluated on the qualities and characteristics that make up the total young woman. Each Junior Miss participant will be judged in five categories representing various percentages of their total score. The judge's interview and talent categories each make up 25 percent, scholastic achievement represents 20 percent, and fitness and self expression are worth 15 percent each.

This year's mistress of ceremonies will be Kristi Runyon, anchor of "On Your Side Morning Edition" Channel 36 news. Junior Miss is not new to Runyon as she was Madison County's 1995 Junior Miss and won scholastic and talent awards in the Kentucky Junior Miss program.

Monine Graham is chairwoman of Lincoln County's pageant.

Contestants are:

Natasha Horton, daughter of Frank and Cathy Horton. Her talent will be a dance routine. Natasha Bianchi will serve as her "little sister."

Kendra Burdine, daughter of Kathy Engle of Stanford, will perform an interpretive character dance/clarinet as her talent. Stephanie Blevins will serve as her "little sister."

Leah Walls, daughter of Johnny and Sheila Walls, will perform a comedy/song as her talent. Aimee Denson will serve as her "little sister."

Brittany House, daughter of Curt and Ruby House, will perform a jump rope routine as her talent. Amber Statham will serve as her "little sister."

Heather Morgan, daughter of LaVergne and Hugh Morgan, will perform a vocal selection. Leya Spangler will serve as her "little sister."

Sheena McGuffey, daughter of Jeff and Anita McGuffey, will present a monologue. Desiree Peebles will serve as her "little sister."

Cassie Barnett, daughter of Dan and Jane Barnett, will present a piano selection. Ashley Shelley will serve as her "little sister."

Kayla Albright, daughter of Jeff and Lissa Albright of Crab Orchard, will give a guitar/vocal presentation. Jenny Jones will serve as her "little sister."

Joanna Howerton, daughter of Steve and Connie Howerton, will play a piano selection. Samantha Maddox will serve as her "little sister."

Laura Walls, daughter of Johnny Ray and Sheila Walls, will present interpretive movement. Shonnah Noakes will serve as her "little sister."

Brittany Smith, daughter of Jim and Sherri Smith, will perform a monologue. Rebecca Hazlett will serve as her "little sister."

Brittany Camenisch, daughter of J.B and Jacqueline Camenisch of Stanford, will perform a piano selection. Sarah Fitzpatrick will serve as her "little sister."

Kristina Rankin, daughter of Bob and Sue Rankin, will sing a vocal selection. Kandis Noe will serve as her "little sister."

Kendra Garris, daughter of Darren and Paula Garris, will perform a monologue. Ashlee Peyton will serve as her "little sister."

Kelly Deatherage, daughter of Ronnie and Linda Deatherage, will perform a dance selection. Lindsey Long will serve as her "little sister."

Jenna Gover, daughter of Bryan and Jennifer Gover, will give a monologue. Logan Atwood will serve as her "little sister."

Shawna Curtis, daughter of Jeff and Louise Curtis, will play a violin selection. Leah Cook will serve as her "little sister."

LeAnn Parson, daughter of Donna Parson, will perform a monologue. Megan Pitts will serve as her "little sister."

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