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Rotary sponsors 'Be Your Best Self' award

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By The Staff

The Taylor County Junior Miss Committee has announced that the Campbellsville Rotary Club is sponsoring the 2009 "Be Your Best Self" Award to be given away Saturday night at the Taylor County Junior Miss Scholarship Program at Hamilton Auditorium.

The Campbellsville Rotary Club was organized in 1937 and over the last 70 years has provided meaningful service to the Campbellsville/Taylor County community. The club has long held a special interest in supporting young people and has provided several thousands of dollars in college scholarships over the years.

America's Junior Miss promotes the Be Your Best Self program, an outreach aimed at encouraging self-esteem in young people from all over the country. BYBS emphasizes seven elements: getting a good education, community service, proper nutrition, staying fit, living by moral principles, setting goals and striving to reach those goals.

This year, Taylor County Junior Miss participants have shared the BYBS program message by volunteering with the summer reading program at the Taylor County Library and reading to students at Kentucky Christian School.

Eighteen young ladies will be competing in the 2009 "Celebrate Your True Colors"-themed program which is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Hamilton Auditorium on Saturday. Candidates will be competing for both cash and tuition scholarships.

The "Be Your Best Self" Award sponsored by the Rotary Club is a $500 cash scholarship and the winner will be chosen by a committee of Campbellsville Rotary members.

The high school senior chosen to serve as Taylor County's Junior Miss will represent Taylor County in the Kentucky's Junior Miss program in Lexington in January of 2009. Megan Romines, the 2008 Taylor County Junior Miss, was named a Top 15 finalist at the state program.