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Former resident crowned Miss Kentucky Teen

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By Leslie Moore

 

A teen with ties to Campbellsville has been crowned 2013 Miss Kentucky Teen U.S.A.

Gracie Sapp of Lexington, formerly of Campbellsville, represented Fayette County in the pageant that was held on Jan. 20 in Bowling Green. She competed alongside 17 other contestants.

“I honestly have no idea what was running through my mind, it was so overwhelming when the former Miss Kentucky Teen came and hugged me and put the crown and sash on my head,” Sapp said. “I was super thankful and knew I was ready to represent Kentucky well.”

This was the first pageant for Sapp, a freshman at Lexington Catholic High School.

Sapp said her favorite experience from the pageant was meeting and building friendships with the other contestants.

“There was one girl who I really got to know, and her name was Kristin,” Sapp said. “She is confined to a wheelchair after she lost 3 of her limbs to a disease, but despite that, she went out there and worked it!”

Sapp’s platform is helping young girls recognize that they don’t have to make the wrong decisions to “fit in” and that is OK to stand out when standing up against peer pressure. Sapp said that she and her “sister queen,” Miss Kentucky Allie Leggett, both have relatives who have been affected by lung diseases and are hoping to make raising awareness part of their platforms.

For girls who dream of winning the Miss Kentucky Teen title one day, Sapp advises them not to worry and to trust in the Lord.

“Be yourself because the judges don’t want to see some made up person on stage,” Sapp said.

“They want to know who they are choosing to represent this great state is going to represent it well!” Sapp is the daughter of Tim and Michelle Sapp of Lexington, formerly of Campbellsville, and the granddaughter of Clara and Ollie Newton of Campbellsville.

Michelle said the pageant has given her daughter amazing opportunities, and she has watched her confidence and self-esteem grow.

“She has grown as a person in maturity and faith,” Michelle said. “Most importantly, she will have many opportunities to serve others throughout the state.”

At just 14, Sapp will be the youngest contestant competing for the title of Miss Teen U.S.A. later this summer. Though the location has yet to be announced, the pageant has been held in the Bahamas for the last few years. Sapp said she is looking forward to and has already begun preparing for the pageant.