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'It's all about life's important lessons ...'

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By Becky Cassell, Editor

In addition to presenting the annual community awards, the Chamber also recognized its outgoing president Mike Judd, incoming president John Raganas and members of the Chamber's board of directors.

Angela Marcum Call, Will Patton and Darrin Price were selected as directors for 2009-2010. Those rotating off the board were Dr. Frank Cheatham, Laura Wilds and Diane Woods-Ayers.

Miss Kentucky Emily Cox, a Campbellsville native, was the guest speaker for the annual banquet.

During Cox's introduction, Kentucky Christian School Board member Ronald Curry said that KCS had established a scholarship in honor of Cox, a former student at KCS.

In her speech, Cox, 23, said it is a true honor for her to speak at an event in her hometown and that it allowed her an opportunity to commend KCS for providing her with a reverence for education and a good work ethic and for equipping her with the tools she would need to be a success.

"At KCS, I learned the first of life's important lessons," she said. "I learned that I was accepted, that I was valued and that I was loved."

While serving as Miss Kentucky for the past year, Cox said, she has learned more of life's lessons and looks forward to learning even more in the future.

"It's all about life's important lessons ... and the past year has also brought into clear focus many lessons from the past."

There is fulfillment in placing others above self, Cox said, and she has learned lessons about compassion and selflessness and service to others.

Cox said she wanted to be Miss Kentucky because she knew it would give a voice to her platform, "Uniquely Me: Promoting Self-Esteem in Adolescent Girls."

After her year as Miss Kentucky is over in July, Cox said she plans to attend pharmacy school and will continue work with her platform.

"Life continually teaches us," she said. "We need to keep our eyes open to new lessons ... and I'm ready to recognize the lessons of the future."