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Taylor County Junior Miss participants 'Catch the Reading Bug'

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By The Staff

Taylor County Junior Miss participants recently helped the Taylor County Public Library with its Summer "Catch the Reading Bug" Celebration at Veterans Memorial Park as part of their volunteer efforts with the Be Your Best Self Program.

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.

More than 20 young ladies will be competing in the 2009 "Celebrate Your True Colors" program, which is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Hamilton Auditorium on Saturday, Aug. 23. Candidates will be competing for both cash and tuition scholarships.

Friends of Junior Miss tickets may be purchased in advance through Aug. 18 for $15 from Junior Miss participants, which entitles "Friends" to admission and a program. All proceeds go to providing scholarships for participants.

With more than 20 participants, this year's program is anticipated to draw a sell-out crowd. Everyone is encouraged to buy an advance ticket to ensure admission on the night of the program.

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 2009.

2008 Taylor County Junior Miss Megan Romines was named a Top 15 finalist at the state program.

For more information on America's Junior Miss, visit www.ajm.org.