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White competing in state Junior Miss contest

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By Geoff Hamill

She’s in Lexington now, and in a few short days, Lauren White will be representing Washington County as its 2009 Junior Miss.

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White, daughter of David and Donna White of Willisburg, is a senior at Washington County High School, and is competing for the title of Kentucky’s 2009 Junior Miss.

“I’m excited to compete, and I know I’ll enjoy it,” she said last week as she prepared to head off to Lexington where she and the other contestants will spend a week with a host family. “I can’t believe I’m in this competition. I’m not the pageant girl type at all, and it seems like an out-of-body experience knowing that I’m going to compete with all of those gorgeous, wonderful girls. I’m excited, and I’m very blessed and thankful to be a part of it.”

There will be fun, but it will be accompanied by a lot of hard work, according to White, who said she has been told to expect to leave her host family’s house each morning around 7 a.m. and return home around 8 p.m. each night.

“I know it will be difficult and strenuous. We will have hours of rehearsal each day,” she said. “We will rehearse five hours on Sunday before we get to go to our host family’s house. I’ve already met the instructors, and they are all very helpful and friendly. I know it’s going to be a great experience.”

One part of the experience that will not be new to White is being away from home. She took part in Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholar program last summer, and she said being away from home wasn’t a bad thing. She missed her parents and two sisters, but enjoyed the freedom and getting to know new people.

“I like it. I enjoy the opportunity to get out of the house. I’ve been doing Camp Calvary since I was about six, and I never get homesick. I miss my family, but I love getting out and meeting new people, plus it helps me prepare for college,” she said.

When she takes the stage, White will be performing all new routines from when she completed on the local level. She said she will play the piano as she did in the county competition, but this time, she will play Moonlight Sonata Movement 3 by Beethoven.

“I went to the Marion County competition, and one of the contestants played it there. She won the talent competition, and it was a really pretty piece,” White said. “I contacted her and got the music from her. I changed because the judges said I should move to a more classical piece.”

White has attended the state competition before, but this will obviously be her first time on stage as a contestant. She went to the event in 2001 when Nicole White, now Nicole Cooper, represented Washington County.

“I watched, and it was quite different from the local competitions,” Lauren said. “I’m a little nervous, but I think I’m prepared. We got a copy of our fitness routine earlier, so I’ve been practicing that, and I know I’ll be ready.”

Support from local Junior Miss organizers, along with the support of her family and friends was one of the keys in preparing to leave for the state event. White said she appreciates all of the support from everyone.

The state competition is broken into three shows, with self-expression being held Friday at 8 p.m. The next round is Saturday at 1:30 p.m., followed by the finals Saturday night at 8 p.m. There are 31 contestants in the competition, and 15 of those will advance to Saturday night’s finals.

All rounds will take place on the campus of the University of Kentucky at the Singletary Center. For ticket information, call (859) 257-4929.

To send cards, care packages or other gifts to White, mail items to her care of Lindy Campbell, 708 Sorrento Lane, Lexington, KY 40515. She can also be reached at lauren.a.white3@hotmail.com for anyone wishing to send messages via e-mail.