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Three Morehead State University students are among the 32 contestants that will compete in the 2013 Miss Kentucky Pageant. Those contestants are Annie Franklin of Winchester; Cayce Crowder of Louisville; and Dakoda Trenary of Corinth.

Franklin, was placed fourth in last year’s contest, has ties to Floyd County, as the daughter of Scott and Mikka Darby Franklin. Mikka Darby Franklin, who spent much of her youth in Prestonsburg before moving to Magoffin County, was herself crowned Miss Kentucky in 1988. Annie Franklin is also the granddaughter of Bill Jack and Debbie Darby, of Floyd County, and Tamara Holbrook, of Magoffin County, and the great granddaughter of Lorraine Holbrook, of Magoffin County.

According to its website, each student gained entry into the 2013 Miss Kentucky Pageant by winning an official preliminary pageant in their respective regions. Franklin captured Miss Bluegrass Area, Crowder won Miss Heart of the Mountains while Trenary was the winner of Miss Thoroughbred of the Bluegrass.

Franklin’s platform is “H’Art of the Matter- Much More than Art” while she will sing “Happy Days Are Here Again” as her talent.

Crowder’s platform is “Baby Feat – Defeating the Stigma of Postpartum Depression” while she will sing “Brave” as her talent.

Trenary’s platform is “God’s Special Little Hearts - Raising Awareness for Children with Congenital Heart Defects” while she will perform “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” on the piano as her talent.

The event’s preliminary competitions will take place at 7 p.m. on June 27 and 28 with the finals and crowning set for 7 p.m., June 29. Each day of the pageant will be held at the Singletary Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Tickets are available by calling the Singletary Center box office at 859-257-4929.

Supporters of the two can possibly play an important role in the pageant’s outcome. One of the semifinalists for Miss Kentucky will be voted in by the public rather than the judges’ panel. Each vote costs $1 and can be made by credit card or PayPal at www.misskentuckypageant.com with no voting limit.

Voting ends Friday, June 28, at 9 p.m.

The winner will go on to represent Kentucky in the Miss America Pageant in 2014. In addition, more than $39,000 in cash scholarships will be awarded during the pageant’s duration.

For additional information on the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization, visit www.misskentuckypageant.com.

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