CU to Hold Annual Valentine Pageant Feb. 13

The 2009 Valentine Pageant contestants are, front row from left: Liz Lowery of Westmoreland, Tenn.; Jennifer Lilly of Olive Hill, Ky.; Lauren Shrader of West Chester, Ohio; Jessica Miller of Rushville, Ind.; Natasha Horton of Stanford, Ky.; and Emily Bryant of Louisville, Ky. Back row: Carmen Drake of Hodgenville, Ky.; Andrea Fielding of Liberty, Ky.; and Amanda Edmondson of Morganfield, Ky. (Campbellsville University photo by André Tomaz)

By Christina Miller, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University will hold the annual Valentine Pageant Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in The Gheens Recital Hall of Gosser Fine Arts Center.

Nine students will represent CU and their organization as they vie for the title of 2009 Valentine Queen in the annual pageant hosted by CU’s Student Government Association.

The event is free and open to the public.

The 2009 Miss Valentine candidates are:

Emily Bryant of Louisville, Ky., a junior majoring in biblical studies with a minor in music, representing the Junior class; Carmen Drake of Hodgenville, Ky., a junior majoring in music education, representing Delta Omicron; Amanda Edmondson of Morganfield, Ky., a sophomore majoring in theater with a double-minor in Spanish and business management, representing CU Harlequins, the university’s theater club;

Andrea Fielding of Liberty, Ky., a senior majoring in elementary education, representing KEA-SP, Kentucky Education Association Student Program; Natasha Horton of Stanford, Ky., a senior majoring in business administration with an emphasis in administrative technology, representing Student Government Association; Jennifer Lilly of Olive Hill, Ky., a sophomore majoring in English with a minor in secondary education, representing Baptist Campus Ministry;

Liz Lowery of Westmoreland, Tenn., a junior majoring in educational ministries with a minor in Spanish, representing Stapp Hall; Jessica Miller of Rushville, Ind., a junior majoring in social work, representing S.W.I.T.C.H., Social Workers In Touch Can Help; and Lauren Shrader of West Chester, Ohio, a junior majoring in public relations, representing Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Last year’s Valentine Queen, Miranda Meeks, will crown the 2009 winner. The winner of this year’s pageant will move on to the annual Mountain Laurel Festival in Pineville, Ky. in May.

Brittany Hall, last year’s second runner-up, who went on to the Mountain Laurel Festival in May 2008, will perform the intermission talent. Hall was awarded Miss Congeniality in the Mountain Laurel Festival. Hall was able to move on in the pageant as second-runner-up because Meeks and last year’s first-runner-up, Lauren Shrader, were unable to attend.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.

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