PRESTONSBURG — There are four new crowns donned above smiling faces, as a series of pageants was held in Prestonsburg this month.
The Miss East Kentucky and Miss East Kentucky Outstanding Teen pageants were held March 3 at the Wilkinson Stumbo Convention Center at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, while the Little Miss East Kentucky and Pre-Teen East Kentucky pageants were held a week later at the Heritage House Hotel.
Wayland resident Holly Thompson was crowned Miss East Kentucky 2012. Thompson, a student at Knott County Central High School, is involved in the arts and is a member of the Knott Central dance team. Her platform centered around supporting local animal shelters, where she has volunteered many hours.
Whitley Mullins, of Viper, was crowned Miss East Kentucky Outstanding Teen. Mullins, a student at Perry Central High School, competed under a platform in support of organ and tissue donation.
The Miss East Kentucky and Miss East Kentucky Outstanding Teen pageants, which were emceed by Miss Kentucky are preliminary events for the statewide Miss Kentucky and Miss Kentucky Outstanding Teen pageants. Thompson will now go on to compete in the Miss Kentucky pageant, to be held in July at the Singletary Center for the Arts on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. Mullins will compete for the title of Miss Kentucky Outstanding Teen.
Michelle Sode and Mandy Stumbo, co-directors of the pageants, said they are excited about “the dynamic ladies” who will be representing Eastern Kentucky in this year’s statewide pageants.
Besides both receiving crowns, Thompson and Mullins have something else in common — both are also finalists in the Country Music Highway Road to Fame competition.
On March 10, Thompson carried out one of her first official duties by presiding over the Little Miss East Kentucky and Pre-Teen Miss East Kentucky pageants. Those events, like the previous ones, were also preliminary competitions for larger statewide pageants, this time the Little Miss Kentucky and Pre-Teen Miss Kentucky pageants.
In the latter pageants, two Floyd County girls took home top prize.
Kaitlyn Crase, a May Valley student from Wayland, won the title of Little Miss East Kentucky. She will go on to compete in July for the title of Little Miss Kentucky in Richmond. Crase is the daughter of Craig and Shirley Crase.
Hailey Hamilton, a Duff Elementary student from McDowell, was crowned Pre-Teen Miss East Kentucky and will go on to compete for the title of Pre-Teen Miss Kentucky. She is the daughter of Tandy and Kitty Hamilton.
This marks the second year of the pageants. More information about the pageants can be found by searching for “Miss East Kentucky Scholarship Pageant” on Facebook.