Sullivan is Distinguished!

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Elizabeth Sullivan is 2019 Taylor County Distinguished Young Woman

By Zac Oakes


Elizabeth Sullivan saw a lot of hard work pay off Saturday night.

That’s when she was announced as winner of the 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of Taylor County.

The program took place at Taylor County High School in the Roger D. Cook Auditorium, which was nearly packed with supporters from across the community on hand to see young women from Campbellsville and Taylor County high schools compete for more than $12,000 in college scholarships.

Sullivan, a senior at Campbellsville High School, said the event is part of a family tradition. Her mother, Cheryl Sullivan, was a Junior Miss contestant back in 1982, as were her cousin, Emily Cox, and her aunt, Nancy Cox. Cheryl was third runner-up, while Emily won the title in 2004, and Nancy was 1985 Junior Miss.

“It means everything,” Elizabeth said of continuing the tradition. She added that while she was excited to win, she didn’t expect it.

“I was so surprised. There were so many talented girls, and none of us expected anything,” she said.

Preparation was challenging for all of the girls, and Elizabeth said she was excited for her talent piece, which was Toccata, a piano piece.

“Last night at dress rehearsal, it kept falling apart, but tonight, it just came together,” she said. “I was very nervous about the talent tonight, but I’ve just made so many friends who encouraged me along the way. Everybody has so much positivity.”

Friendships were made, while others were strengthened, according to Elizabeth. She said she and her fellow participants worked countless hours preparing for the program, and during that time, she not only made new friendships, but also strengthened some she already had.

In January 2019, Elizabeth will represent Taylor County in the state DYW program in Lexington, but in the meantime, she will be busy representing her community.

“It’s going to be a long ride, but I’m so ready for it,” she said.

Before preparing for state, Elizabeth said she plans to take “a few weeks off” to rest up from all of the work leading up to the local program. Her mother, Cheryl Sullivan, said she has seen a lot of hard work go into the event from her daughter.

“It’s just a huge honor and a huge accomplishment for her. She’s worked really hard and it’s all paid off for her tonight,” Cheryl Sullivan said.

For her efforts, Elizabeth won prizes including a $3,000 cash scholarship, a $3,000-per-year scholarship at Campbellsville University, a $3,500-per-year scholarship to Lindsey Wilson College, a $3,000-per-year scholarship to Kentucky Wesleyan College, and a $4,000 scholarship to Galen College of Nursing.

Other award winners

• Be Your Best Self Award - $500 Cash Scholarship

1 – Hayley Stapleton


• Spirit Award - $500 Cash Scholarship – selected by participants

6 – Jane Tucker


• Scholastic Runner-Up - $500 Cash Scholarship

10 – Reagan Knight


• Scholastic Overall Winner - $1,000 Cash Scholarship

7 – Elizabeth Sullivan


• Preliminary Awards – Two winners per category, each $250 Cash Scholarship

Fitness – 5 – Amanda Farmer and 11 – Ann Miller


Talent – 7 – Elizabeth Sullivan 8 – Amelia Bowen


Self-Expression – 8 - Amelia Bowen  13 – Macy McAnelly


Interview – 7 - Elizabeth Sullivan    8 – Amelia Bowen


Third Runner-up - $1,000 Cash Scholarship and $1,500 per year at KWC

13 – Macy McAnelly


Second Runner-up - $1,500 Cash Scholarship and $2,000 per year CU, KWC

10 – Reagan Knight


First Runner-Up - $2,000 Cash Scholarship, $2,500 per year at CU, KWC, $3,000 Galen College of Nursing

8 - Amelia Bowen


Winner – $3,000 Cash Scholarship, $3,000 per year at CU, $3,500 at LWC, $3,000 KWC, $4,000 Galen College of Nursing

7 – Elizabeth Sullivan