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Quest for the Crown, Part II:

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Third time could be charm for Reinle at this summer’s Miss Kentucky Pageant

In her third attempt at capturing the Commonwealth’s most coveted crown, Washington County’s April Reinle will compete in Lexington this summer for a chance at the Miss Kentucky title. “I was a teenager when I competed the first time, and it was terrifying,” recalled Reinle, a 22-year-old biology major at the University of Louisville, who appears more confident about the upcoming competition. Reinle is one of at least two local contestants vying for Miss Kentucky. Springfield native and Miss Cardinal Country, Sarah Cocanougher, also won a preliminary pageant that will advance her to the state competition this June. “I’m very excited,” said Reinle, who coincidentally emceed Cocanougher’s pageant at the University of Louisville last month. “It will be fun competing with someone else from Springfield this summer.” As a teen, Reinle competed in Junior Miss competitions. She won her first crown when she was 18. But winning Miss Kentucky — and advancing to the prestigious Miss America competition — will take more, she said. “Ultimately to become Miss Kentucky it will take a mix of luck and preparation,” said Reinle, who is the reigning Miss Jefferson County. “In this type of competition you put yourself and everything you have out there for five judges with different personalities to decide if you are the right fit for the job.”  For her preliminary competition last October, Reinle made sure she was ready for every phase of the competition. “I made sure that I was practicing piano every day for talent, being healthy for swimsuit, watching the news and keeping up to date with current events for interview and on stage question, etc.,” she said. She has a similar strategy for the upcoming state competition. “In order to prepare for this summer I am just making sure that I dot my ‘I’s and cross my ‘T’s,” Reinle said. “At the end of the day this competition will be about the girl that is the whole package and can represent this state at Miss America. I’m just going to make sure that I do my best to show the judges that that is me.” Reinle is expected to showcase a sheer, black dress for the evening gown portion of the pageant. “I have had many dresses, but none that I love as much as the gown I have now,” Reinle said. “It is black, and goes sheer down the side. I chose it because it is a classic look that I love.” For her talent, Reinle will play a piano medley of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” composed by Jarrod Radnich. “I knew I wanted to play a piece that was fast, challenging, and something that was untraditional,” Reinle said. “This piece is a little unusual for a pageant stage, but I love playing it and can’t wait to perform it this summer.” Reinle said television and film have skewed perceptions of what it means to be a “pageant girl.” “When I tell people that I compete in the Miss America system they immediately group me into a category with Honey Boo Boo, she said. “The girls that compete at Miss Kentucky and Miss America are the most beautiful, brilliant, talented and philanthropic girls in the nation. These are the girls that will go on to become doctors, lawyers and probably some future presidents. The shows and movies about pageants are usually entertaining, but not accurate.” The Miss Kentucky pageant is June 27-29 at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington. Reinle is a 2008 graduate of Washington County High School. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in biology at UofL. After graduation she hopes to spend a year teaching abroad, and return to the U.S. to attend medical school. Reinle is the daughter of John Reinle and Mary Ann Reinle. She is the granddaughter of Fanny Nally and the late Freddy Nally.