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Thirty-two contestants from across the state will be vying for the title of Miss Kentucky 2008. Among them will be Campbellsville resident Emily Cox.
Cox, Miss Bowling Green, is 22 years old and the daughter of Ricky Cox and Jenny Cox, both of Campbellsville.
She has a degree in biology from the University of Kentucky and her ambition is to obtain a doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and pursue a career as a clinical pharmacist.
Cox's platform issue is "Uniquely Me - Promoting Self-Esteem in Adolescent Girls" and her talent presentation will be a piano performance of the classical piece "Impromptu in C Sharp Minor."
Cox won a $500 scholarship along with the Miss Bowling Green title at the local pageant this past March. She is the first Miss Bowling Green since the pageant was last hosted in 1990. Her aunt, Nancy Cox Kenny, was the last winner of the Miss Bowling Green title and then went on to become Miss Kentucky that same year.
The 2008 Miss Kentucky Pageant will take place at the Singletary Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Preliminary competitions will be on Thursday, July 17 and Friday, July 18 starting at 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m., is the final night of competition culminating with the crowning of the new Miss Kentucky.
Tickets for the preliminaries and final competition are available by calling the Singletary Center Box Office at (859) 257-4929. Preliminary night tickets are $25 per night and tickets for the final night are $40.
More than $36,000 in cash scholarships will be awarded to contestants in addition to numerous prizes and in-kind scholarships to various colleges and universities. The new Miss Kentucky will advance to the Miss America Pageant, which will take place in January at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and broadcast live on The Learning Channel at 8 p.m. on Jan. 24.
Also, the winner will speak in schools across the state promoting the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's "No Ifs, Ands or Butts Program" educating students of all grade levels on the penalties involved with purchasing tobacco products while underage.
More information about the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization can be found on the pageant's Web site at www.misskyscholorg.com.