Smiling all the way

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By Richard RoBards

Taylor County's 2008 Junior Miss Megan Romines returned home Sunday after a week of preparation and participation in the state Junior Miss Program in Lexington.

Romines, competing against 36 other high school senior girls from across the state, earned a Top 15 designation.

"It was definitely one of the most stressful but rewarding experiences of my life," Romines said.

On Monday, she said she was happy to be home.

"I never thought I'd say this, but I really missed calculus and the yearbook staff."

Romines said she was grateful to have made so many new, amazing friends and hopes those friendships will last a long time.

She called home every day and talked with her parents, which she said helped her tremendously. She also called her piano teacher, Suellen Shaw, daily for last minute tips.

Romines said the community support she received was phenomenal.

"I got so many letters, flowers and chocolates," Romines said. "I can't describe how much it meant to me."

Magoffin County's Alison B. Lovely was named 2008 Kentucky Junior Miss; Kathryn A. Borders, Miss Bluegrass Area, was first runner-up; and Miss Clark County, Caitlyn D. Vincent, was second runner-up.