Bell County High School senior Alexa Brooke Saylor was selected as a finalist for Kentucky’s 34th Annual Homecoming Queen Selection.
The competition will be held at the Louisville Airport Crowne Plaza hotel on April 12.
The winner will receive a cash scholarship plus an all-expense paid trip to the National Finals in Memphis, Tenn., to compete for America’s Homecoming Queen.
Saylor, of Pathfork, was voted as a homecoming queen candidate at BCHS by the senior football team. She then won the competition by overall votes from the student body.
After winning the Bell title, Saylor said she received a letter in the mail stating she was a finalist for the Annual Homecoming Queen Selection.
“I had to send in an application about what I planned to do in my future and what extracurricular activities I’m in and things I’ve done in the community,” said Saylor. “They sent me a letter to let me know I was chosen as a state finalist.”
After graduation, Saylor says she plans to major in special education and become a teacher. She credits her family as her biggest support group, adding she is excited about the competition ahead of her.
“I’m more excited than nervous,” said Saylor. “I’m looking forward to meeting all the new people that will be going through the same process as me that day.”
According to their website, America’s Homecoming Queen began in 1981. Participation is by invitation only.
To qualify, one must be a high school football or basketball homecoming queen and have not previously participated in America’s Homecoming Queen selection.
Each queen participates only once. Each year a different group competes for the state and national titles.
If selected as a state finalist, contestants compete in personal interviews and prom gown competition only. There is no swimsuit or talent competition.
Those winning state titles and competing in the national finals are presented with a scholarship. All finalists receive a scholarship with the amount being determined on how the finalist places at the nationals.
An official scholarship letter to be presented to the college of choice will be issued in September following that year’s national finals.
Katlin Brock can be reached at 606-248-1010, ext. 1135 or on Twitter @KatlinBrockMDN.