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Lindsey Wilson student in Ms. U.S. Beauties Pageant
By Duane Bonifer, LWC Director of Public Affairs
Special ColumbiaMagazine.com story
SCOTTSVILLE, KY Jeana Cockrill never thought of herself as a pageant contestant until her daughter's pageant coach encouraged her to get involved.
So the Scottsville, KY, resident and Lindsey Wilson College student got involved and wound up competing in the Ms. U.S. Beauties National Pageant. The pageant will be held this weekend in Chicago.
Ms. Cockrill said she was honored to be selected for the program, but more important than the personal attention she has received is the attention she has raised about underprivileged children in her area.
"It's a very good program because contestants are able to raise important issues as part of their platforms," she said. Ms. Cockrill is working on a bachelor of arts degree in human services and counseling at the Lindsey Wilson Scottsville Campus.
"Our motto 'A Positive Person is a Success,'" Diane Bud, the pageant's president, said. "Since 2001 the U.S. Beauties National Pageant has opened many doors for many women whom have gone on to celebrate successful accomplishments after winning their national title. Our pageant system has encouraged women to explore their limits outside of their comfort zone by competing in a positive pageant competition which encourages self-esteem."
After taking some time off from college, Cockrill enrolled at the Lindsey Wilson-Scottsville Campus so she could work in the growing mental-health profession. She hopes to build on her platform issue of focusing attention on underprivileged children.
She said that she hopes to work at a place like Scottsville's Center for Courageous Kids after she earns her Lindsey Wilson degree.Cockrill said she has enjoyed the Lindsey Wilson program in Scottsville because courses are offered at nights and on weekends, which helps her balance other responsibilities.
"It's tough at times, especially when I have to miss one of my daughter's events, but she knows that I am in school so that we can have a better life for both of us," Ms. Cockrill said.
This story was posted on 2008-03-14 13:20:03
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