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Taylor in the state Junior Miss spotlight

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By Jimmie Earls

Washington County Junior Miss Josette Taylor wrapped up a whirlwind week Saturday as she competed in the Kentucky Junior Miss competition in Lexington. After weeks of preparation and hard work, it all came down to the final week, as Josette put in 12-hour days of rehearsals in anticipation of the finals.

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“I practiced and trained hard in the weeks leading up to the program to try to be a good representative for Washington County,” Taylor said. “I didn’t win any awards and I have to admit I am somewhat disappointed. Things don’t always go the way you would like, but everything that happens helps shape you into who you become.”

One of the highlights of Taylor’s week was going with a group of the participants to a Ronald McDonald House to present teddy bears to the children.

Taylor said she was saddened, but also relieved that the state portion of her reign is now complete.

“The anticipation is intense and it builds as the event approaches,” she added. “Then all of a sudden, everything is over in a blur of activity.”

Overall, Taylor is appreciative of her time in the spotlight.

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will treasure forever. I was blessed to have been given this opportunity.”

Taylor encouraged any young girls interested in participating in the Junior Miss competition by offering these words of advice.

“They should prepare and stay focused to reduce the stress level. But most of all, they should enter the competition in the right frame of mind, plus have fun, build confidence and enjoy the ride," Taylor said.

Although she didn’t take the crown, Taylor came away from the competition with a deeper appreciation for her family, friends and her community.

“The love and support from my family, friends and the entire community was overwhelming,” she added. “It helped make an exhausting, stressful week much better. I truly understand the beauty of living in a small town full of wonderful people.”