Students at Bell and Monticello Elementary Schools were delighted to meet Katie Bouchard, the reigning Miss Kentucky 2018 recently.
She told the children that she is a recent graduate of Western Kentucky University where she obtained a degree in Social Work. Her personal platform is “Being the voice for Kentucky’s children”. She advocates for the Family Resource and Youth Service Centers across the state to help address the needs of Kentucky’s children. Her eventual goal is to become a Family Resource Director in the Louisville area.
The local Family Resource Center Directors were happy to welcome her to their schools after having met her at their fall conference. Wayne County Extension Specialist Cassie Munsey was also pleased to welcome her since she also serves as the spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s “Kentucky Proud” program. Munsey conducts a monthly health and wellness program lesson during Bell Elementary students’ health classes. She is also an advocate for the Kentucky Proud program, which encourages consumers of all ages to purchase products produced in Kentucky and to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
Bouchard stressed the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and told the children it was important for them to learn to eat healthy, stay fit and be the best versions of themselves. She explained how important perseverance is as she explained that she did not become Miss Kentucky until her third try at the pageant. “Learn from your mistakes,” she said as she explained she just worked harder at her talent, for instance.
She said there were 31 other girls competing in the pageant from across the state, so there was plenty of competition to win. She said her hardest competitor was herself, though.
She shared the importance of having goals with the children and trying their best to achieve their personal ambitions.
At the conclusion of the program, she patiently spent time with several students as she strapped her sash and crown on them so they could feel like Miss Kentucky.
(L-R) Instructional Assistant Misha Jackson, Teacher Debra Hargis, and Jennifer Sexton's greeted Ms. Kentucky with their class
Jessica Foster's Class
Ashley Thompson's Class
(L-R) FRC Secretary Jill Wright, 2018 Ms. Kentucky Katie Bouchard, Little Cardinal FRC Director Audra Branscum
Ms. Kentucky Katie Bouchard reading to students in the library
Raylynn Byrd tried on Ms. Kentucky's sash
Ms. Kentucky shared her crown with Raylynn Byrd
(L-R) Raylynn Byrd, Maddison Turner, Toribio Gonzalez standing with Ms. Kentucky Katie Bouchard