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One of Mackville’s own will be representing Kentucky in the Mrs. International competition in July in Chicago.
Jessica Glasscock, a 2000 graduate of Washington County High School, recently won the Mrs. Kentucky International competition in Bardstown.
Glasscock is no stranger to pageants, as she competed in her teen years and in college. This, however, was different.
“You can’t be Mrs. Kentucky without a mister in your life,” she said recently during a phone interview.
Glasscock is married to Nathan Glasscock, a former Washington County High School football player and current assistant coach.
They also have a daughter, Joslin.
Glasscock had to compete in two interview sessions, one of which was onstage. She also competed in fitness and evening wear categories.
She emphasized the focus the pageant had on community service.
Glasscock has worked for 10 years as a volunteer and fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.
She said she and her family have raised over $30,000 for the organization during that time.
Winning the Mrs. Kentucky International pageant, she said, will give her an even greater opportunity to work for the cause.
She lost her grandfather, Gus Wohner, to the disease 10 years ago, which she said motivated her to volunteer.
This pageant, she said, was an opportunity to renew her commitment to the cause.
With her newly earned title, she hopes to bring greater awareness to the public about Alzheimer’s.
She’s set another goal since the pageant. She said she hopes to personally raise $10,000 for the organization.
She’s also working on an initiative that she hopes will gain traction.
Glasscock is trying to get athletes to wear a purple hair tie or sweatband in honor of Pat Summitt, the University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball coach.
Summitt was recently diagnosed with early signs of dementia.
Purple happens to be the Alzheimer’s awareness color.
Glasscock said she’s had trouble getting the initiative to catch on, but noted that the whole world didn’t start wearing pink in support of breast cancer overnight.
While she hasn’t had much luck yet, she hopes the opportunites of being Mrs. Kentucky International will help spread the idea.
Glasscock said one of the appealing parts of the pageant was stepping out of her comfort zone.
She said she’s a new mom who works at home, so she spends a lot of days in sweatpants, a hoodie and no makeup.
She said she accepts that as part of life, but she also wanted a personal challenge.
“Only I know what I am capable of,” she said. “God has plans for me to do things for other people.”
Glasscock will compete in the Mrs. International competition in July in Chicago.
She and her family live in Danville. She is the daughter of Joe and Linda Terrell of Mackville.
She will be writing about her experience as Mrs. Kentucky International through a blog, which can be accessed through the Mrs. Kentucky International Pageant Facebook page. The blog launches on Thanksgiving.