Bowling Green Native Wins Miss Kentucky

By: Caitlin Coffey Email
By: Caitlin Coffey Email

Glitz, glamor, beauty, and 32 smiling faces all competing for the title of Miss Kentucky.

Bowling Green's own Ann-Blair Thornton brings home the crown.

"I've always had so much fun every year watching one girl's life change on stage forever, and it was just mind blowing that it was my life that was changed this time," Thornton says.

The newly crowned 21-year-old is a WKU student studying English and Economics.

She says this was her first year in three years representing her hometown of Bowling Green, "It's really funny how things just come full circle, and all these little dirt roads leading to the hometown girl taking home the crown."

Her parents Terri and Steve say this has been a dream of hers since she was four-years-old.

Steve says, "A lot of these girls have gone to school based upon participating in these pageants and getting scholarships. Maybe some of that gets lost on people, that it's a scholarship pageant, and it also connects them with other really smart young girls. The networking is second to none."

Ann-Blair competed with 32 other contestants for the title in Lexington.

Cheering her on, her friends, "I would definitely say last night was a huge memory that we made together. We were so excited that we could be there to celebrate with her," says Laura Beth Blanford.

Her talent during the pageant was a piano performance and her platform is Alzheimer's awareness and research.

Ann-Blair says, "It's just so special. The job is special; what you can do is special; the whole thing was just magical, and I'm so blessed and very excited."

As Miss Kentucky, Thornton will receive an $11,000 scholarship and more than $5,000 in clothing certificates, along with jewelry, use of a car for a year, dry cleaning, dental care, personal fitness training and other prizes and services.

She will represent Kentucky in the miss America pageant in January 2012.

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