Alice Lloyd College 2017 graduate, Jacquelyn Crawford, won first runner-up at the 2017 Miss Kentucky Pageant competing as the Miss Lexington representative. In addition, Jacquelyn was awarded the Heather French Henry Quality of Life Award and the even more prestigious Miss America’s Community Service Award at the pageant for her outstanding service to the Appalachian Region. Her platform issue is the Lunch Box Program, where she has worked for seven years and coordinated the program for the past four years. As a part of the National USDA Summer Food Service Program the Lunch Box offers a free lunch served to students throughout the summer on school buses converted into rolling dinners. Last year her program served 13,000 summer meals and operating with a budget of over $100,000 this summer, she looks forward to seeing how many more kids they are able to reach!
Pleased to have been rewarded for her community service efforts, Jacquelyn said she is thankful to the sponsors of this year’s “very generous scholarships that I cannot wait to put towards achieving my dream of receiving my doctorate!” Jacquelyn was also honored as the winner of the preliminary swimsuit competition during the 2017 pageant. Throughout the Miss Kentucky Pageant, Jacquelyn earned $6,800 in scholarships and shared many memorable experiences with her fellow contestants, “I have done everything from hike a football on the University of Kentucky’s football field to dance with a cow, but most importantly had the opportunity to serve the community by visiting both the VA and CMN Hospitals and helped fill food bags at God’s Pantry. This organization is about service, and I’m glad Miss Kentucky included that in our very busy schedule!”
Working with the Miss Kentucky Pageant has also given Jacquelyn an opportunity to work closely with two things she is very passionate about, children and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Jacquelyn exclaimed, “One of my favorite things to do is volunteer my time with children. Serving through Children’s Miracle Network Hospital taught me many things, but most of all that I want to work at a hospital that’s just for kids!”
Graduating from ALC fulfilled one of Jacquelyn’s greatest goals, becoming a first generation college graduate. Aspiring to become a physician, her time serving as a titleholder has further cemented her purpose to be a positive influence in the life of children. “I have learned it is and has always been for the kids. It’s not always easy…actually it’s full of daily sacrifice, but it is always worth it to see a child rise above their circumstances.”
Humbled by this monumental experience, Jacquelyn stated, “I am just so overwhelmed by the amount of support I have received throughout the pageant. It has been an honor to represent Lexington, ALC, my family, and myself! God has continued to pick me up and give me so many reasons to smile! I am thankful for His many blessings and give Him all the glory.” Establishing her excellence and poise through her platform, Jacquelyn made herself, Alice Lloyd College, and Kentucky proud by demonstrating her grace and intelligence throughout the pageant.