BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – Right here in “Vette” town, the 15th annual Miss Bowling Green pageant was held at the Capitol Arts Theater in Fountain Square Park.
For the 15th time at Bowling Green, young women from across the state competed for a title that would consist of Miss Bowling Green, Miss Mammoth Cave and Miss Corvette City.
Youngsters competed for the titles of “Miss Outstanding Teen” and the young women for the titles of “Miss”.
“It is your first leap into the world of the Miss America organization and toward the title of Miss Kentucky,” said former Miss Kentucky, Haley B. Wheeler.
This preliminary pageant is essential for those ladies hoping to make their way to Miss Kentucky.
Once the title is won, not only can they compete in Miss Kentucky, but they also receive a scholarship to the university of their choice.
“Being Miss Kentucky is such a whirlwind. You never know what you’re going to get on a daily basis. You can visit five schools in one day, two nursing homes, a farmer’s market, get buried in corn for an agricultural safety demonstration, and do it all over again the next day,” Wheeler said.
For the past 15 years, the pageant has been held at Bowling Green, and Principal Regina Webb says eight of her girls who have won an interim title have won Miss Kentucky and competed in the Miss America pageant from there.
“I want to see someone gain confidence in themselves. Just see everyone here leaving and growing with a sense of confidence and pride in what they shared here on stage with the judges,” said Miss Bowling Green 2022, Chapel Tinius.
A total of six winners were crowned tonight – one Miss and one Miss Outstanding Teen per title.
Mallory Hudson was crowned Miss Bowling Green and Sadie Young was crowned Miss Bowling Green Outstanding Teen.
Katie Carpenter was crowned Miss Mammoth Cave and Olivia Johnson was crowned Miss Mammoth Cave Outstanding Teen.
Karlee Thompson was crowned Miss Corvette City and Ashely Nevision was crowned Miss Corvette City Outstanding Teen.
“I always offer my mentorship to these girls and I really hope they benefit from it. It gives me a chance to help someone possibly achieve their dream of being Miss Kentucky,” said the former Miss Kentucky.
“It was truly an honor to represent my hometown on the Miss Kentucky stage. It’s a dream I’ve had since I was about seven years old,” said the Miss Bowling Green 2022.
The ladies who won titles tonight will be contesting the Miss Kentucky pageant right here in Bowling Green next June.
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