Miss Harlan County Pageant

Are you interested in competing in the 2021 Miss Harlan County Pageant? If so, click on the buttons below to download an application.

Applications should be returned to the Harlan Center by May 14, 2021 at 5 p.m. for consideration.  If you have questions, please contact the Harlan Center at (606) 573-4156.

2020 Contestants

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Ally Alred

Harlan County High School

  • Ally Anistan Alred is the eighteen-year-old daughter of Russell and Whitney Alred.

  • She is a graduate of Harlan County High School.

  • Recently selected as the only incoming female freshman to the 28 time national championship cheerleading program of Morehead State University Coed

  • Ally will be majoring in English Literature with a minor in Government on a prelaw track.

  • Her numerous accomplishments are: 2019-2020 Class Valedictorian; Morehead State University Dean’s Scholar Award; First Priority Scholarship; Loyall Alumni Scholarship; 2019 Governor’s Scholar Program at Bellarmine University; 2019 Henry Clay High School Student Congress at Transylvania University; Hugh O’Bryan Leadership Award; 2018 Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute participant; 2017 Roger’s Explorers at Eastern Kentucky University; 2019 WYMT Mountain Achiever; Monticello Bank Student of the Month; Miss Harlan County High School; Kentucky Mountain Laurel princess candidate; Basketball Homecoming Maid of Honor; freshman, sophomore, and junior superlative; Superintendent’s Student Council; Seven year member of the HCHS cheer team; Seven time National Cheerleaders Association and Universal Cheerleaders Association All-American cheerleader; Kentucky High School Athletic Association Triple Threat Athlete; Girls Sweet 16 in game state cheerleading champion; 13th region girls in game cheerleading champion; 52nd district in game cheerleading champion; WYMT girls basketball tournament in game cheer champion; Bluegrass State cheer champion; tennis team; cross country team; HCHS yearbook editor; Page for State Representative Jason Nemes; National Honor Society (treasurer); First Priority Club Leadership; Spanish Honor Society (public relations officer); Gifted and Talented Leadership; Educational Talent Search; academic team; FBLA; DECA; Beta Club; Den Keepers leadership; Belinda Belle’s model; Signatures model; Link Crew leadership; Miss Danville’s Outstanding Teen; Miss Jefferson County’s Outstanding Teen; Miss Bourbon County Fair; Miss Woodford County Fair; Miss Southeastern Kentucky Teen USA; member of the Harlan Christian Church; and has compiled over 500 community service hours over the past four years.

  • Ally plans to return to Harlan County after graduating from law school with a Juris Doctorate to practice with her father.  

  • Ally graduated with 24 dual credit hours. Her hobbies including playing the piano, reading, four wheeling, running, and spending time with friends and family. 

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Morgan Blakely

Harlan County High School

  • Morgan Blakley is a 19 year old senior at Harlan County High School. She is the daughter of Kevin and Angie Blakley of Harlan, Kentucky.  Morgan is a Valedictorian of her 2020 class and will graduate with a 4.0 GPA.  She has earned a total of 31dual credit college hours through KCTCS. She enjoys singing in church, listening to music, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.  

  • Morgan has been involved in a variety of community service activities.  These include Harlan Boys and Girls Club Christmas Toy Drive, the National Honor Society’s Empty Stocking Fund, the National Beta Club’s Christmas Angel Tree Fundraiser, Christ’s Hands Soup Kitchen and Clothing Drive, leading prayer at various sporting events, singing during First Priority Programs, volunteering to be a part of the Family Reading Program at Rosspoint, Evarts, and Wallins Elementary, assisting with Lady Black Bear Basketball Camps during 2017 and 2019, and holding individual skills basketball camps at Cumberland, Rosspoint, Cawood, and JACES Elementary. 

  • Morgan won 1st place in the Kentucky Farm Bureau Jim Claypool writing contest as a sophomore in 2017 and again as a senior in 2019.  In 2019 she was chosen as the Area 9 winner for the regional writing competition. Morgan was nominated by her teachers and was chosen to be the Monticello Bank Student of the Month in September 2019. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honors Society, Beta Club, Gear-Up Club, Unite Club, and Talent Search.  She is a 4 year First Priority Leader, as well as, a Gear-Up Link Crew Freshman Mentor. She was chosen to be the girls’ basketball representative for the KHSAA 13th Region Gender Equity Committee Title IX. 

  • Morgan was crowned as the 2019-2020 Harlan County High School Soccer Maid of Honor, 2019-2020 Harlan County High School Football Homecoming Maid of Honor, and as the 2019-2020 Harlan County High School Basketball Sweetheart. Morgan was selected by her teachers as a Mountain Laurel Festival Attendant. She has also received superlative honors for Most Athletic chosen by her peers.  

  • Morgan is a 5 year member of the Lady Bears Basketball Team. She has achieved great success in her tenure there. Some of her many honors include: being a member of the 2017-2018 WYMT Mountain Classic Championship Team, 2017-2018 52nd District Championship Team,  2017-2018 13th Region Championship Team, 2018-2019 52nd District Championship Team, 2018-2019 13th Region Runner-up Team, and the 2019-2020 52nd District Runner-up Team.  She was chosen for the 2018-2019 52nd District All-Tournament Team, Lexington Herald Leader Week 6 Player of the Week, WYMT Player of the Week, 2019-2020 52nd District All-Tournament Team, 2019-2020 52nd District Player of The Year, 2019-2020 13th Region All-Tournament Team, 2020 13th Region Coaches Association Award 1st Team All Region, 2019- 2020 13th Region Coaches Association Award Academic All Region, 2019-2020 13th Region Leading Scorer 22.6 PPG, 939 Career Points, and 456 Career Rebounds. Morgan is a 3 year varsity member of the Harlan County Track and Field Team.   She has also achieved many successes with the track team, including, Harlan County High School 1600m record holder, and the girl’s 4 x 400m relay record holder.  

  • Morgan will attend Union College in the fall where she will play basketball and run track on scholarships. She will major in Pre-Nursing to pursue a career as a Nurse Practitioner.  

Baili Boggs

Harlan County High School

  • Baili Lynn Boggs is a 19 year old daughter of Tammy Boggs and the late DJ Boggs.

  • Recent graduate of Harlan County High School.

  • She has received the UK Rising Scholar award, Monticello Banking Company's Student Citizen Award, Triple Threat award, and votes "Prettiest Eyes" by her senior class. 

  • She was the captain of the cheerleading, cross country, and track and field. 

  • She was a member of many clubs such as National Honor Society, Talent Search, Beta Club, Gear Up, Denkeepers, Gifted and Talented, and Link Crew.

  • She was a varsity cheerleader for 7 years. She won numerous awards: 3 titles at WYMT classic, 5 district titles. 1 regional title, and 1 state title. She was also a NCA All-American cheerleader for 4 years.

  • She was a runner for the track team for 4 years. She won region runner-up and advanced to state in 300 meter hurdles. She also advanced to state in 100 meter hurdles. The has broken the school record for 100 meter hurdles 3 times in track. 

  • She was a member of the cross country team for 3 years. She ran varsity for 2 years.

  • Baili's hobbies include hunting, fishing, painting, and spending time with her family. 

  • Baili has numerous hours that she has put into her community as well as helping with her church, Christ hands, preparing for Cumberland Annual tree lighting, cleanup and participated in the Tri-City Christmas Parade, and cleanup gymnasium after ball game. 

  • Baili will persue her education at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College where she has been accepted into the nursing program. After becoming a registered nurse, Baili plans to further her nursing career and obtain a Masters of Science in Nursing, becoming a nurse practitioner.

  • Baili hopes to stay in the Harlan area and work for her local hospitals. 

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Madison Cole

Harlan High School

  • Madison Coralee Cole, 18 year old daughter of Dewey and Juanita Cole is more than happy to represent Harlan High School where she recently graduated in the graduating Class of 2020.

  • During high school Madison has achieved and participated in many things. Maintaining a 3.5 or above GPA all four years along with taking dual credits her senior year through Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College where she made the deans list for the Fall 2020 semester. 

  • Madison was granted the Advanced Academic Diploma from Harlan High School for her academic success. During her senior year, she took the nursing assistant course through vocational school with southeast to become a certified nurses assistant. After completing the course, Madison took the state exam and passed, which granted her the licensure of a Certified Nursing Assistant.

  • Shortly after, she applied and was accepted into the fall 2020 nursing program at Southeast Community and Technical College where she will obtain an associates degree in nursing after completing the program. 

  • Madison was a member of beta club, pep club, journalism, and prom committee. She was a 3 year member of the Harlan Lady Dragons basketball team playing guard at the varsity level. She made the tough decision senior year to give up basketball so she could focus on the bigger picture, her college credits she was obtaining. In the 2016/2017 basketball season, Madison and her teammates won the 13th region All "A" title where they advanced on to state becoming a state finalist runner-up. Also in the 2016/2017 season, the team was runner-up in the 52nd district tournament along with the 2017/2018 season. The biggest achievement of Madison and her teammates during the 2016/2017 basketball season was winning the 13th region championship which gave them the opportunity to move onto the sweet sixteen tournament in Norther Kentucky. In the 2017/2018 season the girls placed as runner-up in the 13th region All "A" Championship.

  • Madison volunteers in her free time with the Harlan County Emergence Rescue Squad along the side of her mother and uncle. She attends weekly training with HCRS and is now able to go on calls with them. During the summer, she was employed by Dan Partin's Attorney Law Office.

  • Her hobbies include spending time with her family and friends, kayaking, and going to the lake. 

  • Upon graduation, in the fall Madison will be attending the nursing program at Southeast Community and Technical College. After completing the program she plans to transfer to LMU to receive her BSN and purse a future as a nurse anesthetist.

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Destiny Cornett

Harlan County High School

  • Destiny Denae’ Clark is the 18 year old daughter of Melissa Cornett and Michael Clark.

  • She is a recent graduate of Harlan County High School where she was a member of numerous prestigious clubs including National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Beta Club, Den Keepers, Gifted & Talented, Gear Up, First Priority, Link Crew, Yearbook Staff, and Talent Search. She played varsity softball for Harlan County, where her team won the district championship four consecutive years. She also received the 52nd District Softball All Tournament Team her junior year. 

  • Destiny was a Valedictorian at her high school where she maintained a 4.0 GPA and earned 32 college credit hours, graduated with the highest honors diploma, and was voted Most Lovable by her senior classmates. Destiny was recognized as a recipient of the WYMT Student Mountain Achiever Award. She recently had an article published in the Harlan Daily Enterprise newspaper as well. Destiny was the recipient of a few academic scholarships including Operation UNITE, Lynch Class of 1960, and First Priority Southeast KY. 

  • Aside from academics, she spends many hours giving back to her community. During the summer, she spent around 30 hours helping with the concession stand at Tri-City Little League field, along with volunteering at practices that were held. She put in about 50 service hours with clubs such as delivering items for the local auction with the Empty Stocking Fund, helping serve with Christ Hands, working the concession stand for games held at the high school, reading books to local elementary schools, and funding for Alzheimer’s disease. With her youth group, she visited nursing homes, painted rocks for the Benham Inn, held fall festivals at Shekinah Village, planted flowers alongside her church, participated in Vacation Bible Schools, and volunteered in live nativities.

  • In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to the lake, binge watching Netflix series, playing softball, and watching sports. 

  • Destiny has been accepted to Eastern Kentucky University where she was awarded the Provost Scholarship and plans to pursue an undergraduate in Pre-Pharmacy while majoring in chemistry with a possible minor in biology.

  • Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, her intentions are to then transfer to East Tennessee State University for the Pharmacy graduate program for four years. After a total of six years, Destiny hopes to have accomplished her dream of becoming a licensed Pharmacist. At this point, she plans to return to her hometown with hopes to obtain employment to be given an opportunity to help serve others in her community.  

Bethany Cox

Harlan County High School

  • Bethany Cox is the eighteen-year old daughter of Michael and Gina Cox of Harlan.

  • She is a 2020 graduate of Harlan County High School.

  • Taking honors and dual credit classes, she earned thirty-one college hours, a perfect 4.0 GPA, and the title of class valedictorian.

  • She is a member of the National Beta Club, The Den Keepers, First Priority, National Honor Society, Link Crew Member, Gifted and Talented Leadership, Spanish Honor Society, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Future Business Leaders of America, GEAR UP, and was selected for the Monticello Banking Company's Student Citizen of the Month, and Mountain Laurel attendant. She has won numerous math, English, Web Design, and Social Studies awards during her four years at Harlan County High School.

  • She has extensive community service and organized Dance Grey to raise funds for brain cancer research. 

  • While a senior in high school, she opened up Studio 606, a dance school.

  • Bethany is a senior member of the Revolution Dance Company competitive dance team. She has danced since the age of five. She has won numerous regional and national placement awards as wall as many judges awards. She was recently crowned Miss "That's Entertainment".

  • In her free time, she enjoys the lake, hiking, and traveling.

  • She plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University to pursue a degree in psychology and then attend graduate school for a degree in physical therapy. 

  • She was awarded the Chairman Scholarship and the Alumni Legacy Scholarship from EKU. She also received the Kentucky Association of Pupil Transport Scholarship and the Harlan County Soil Conservation District Scholarship.

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Claudia Hatfield

Harlan County High School

  • Claudia Dominique Hatfield is the eighteen year old daughter of Jerome and Rebecca Banks of Dione, Kentucky.

  • She attended Harlan County High School where she was a member of the dance team for all four years. Her squad went on the place 1st in Hip Hop at the Cheers for the Holidays Competition and the Cheer Elite Invitational, along with placing second in Hip Hop at the America's Best Dance Competition at the Kentucky State Fair.

  • Claudia was a member of Gear Up, DenKeepers, First Priority and Talent Search. 

  • During her free time, she enjoys fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, spending time with friends and family, dancing, and cruising around her home town.

  • Some of her many talents include playing both the acoustic and electric guitar, piano, and ukulele.

  • She has also spent countless hours doing community service through the organization Club180. In January  of 2017, she helped serve the needy in the Winter Emergency Feeding Program. Every summer since her 8th grade year, she has volunteered to work in Club180's Summer Day Camp. Last year, every Tuesday and Thursday, she would also teach kids who were interested in learning how to dance. Along with Club180, Claudia and her family have been fostering animals for two years. 

  • Claudia earned a $3,000.00 dance team scholarship to the University of Pikeville and a $1,000.00 scholarship for the Academic Achievement Award. 

  • She also earned her medical transcription license as a junior in high school. At UPike, she plans to pursue a major in Nursing: RN.

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Hannah Jones

Harlan High School

  • Hannah Jones, the 18 year old daughter of John and Elizabeth Jones, is proud to represent Harlan High School as a senior in the Class of 2020.

  • During high school she was awarded Honor Roll and a 3.5 or higher GPA for 4 years, while taking multiple college classes.

  • She was a 3 year member of the Beta Club and a 2 year member of Future Business Leaders of America, where she regularly volunteered to give back to her community. She was a member of the 12 Year Club, Pep Club, and Prom Committee. She was the Journalism Editor her senior year at HHS. 

  • Hannah was a 4 year volleyball starter and a 2 year starter on HHS Softball team playing 1st base. She was a crucial team member champion in 2016, 2017 & 2018 in the volleyball district. In 2016 and 2017, the HHS Volleyball team were All "A" Region Champions, allowing them to advance to the state tournament. She was awarded District All Tournament Team in 2018 and 2019.

  • She is an active member of the Liggett Baptist Church Youth Group. She volunteers in her community, as well as her youth group, by donating to Christ Hands, With Love from Harlan, and volunteering at Vacation Bible School. Hannah gives back to her school by donating to the teachers lunches and helping clean the gymnasium after sporting events. 

  • During her spare time, she was employed by Food City and Panda Garden. 

  • Her hobbies include spending time with her family and friends, while playing games and sitting around the firepit. She also enjoys drawing and painting in her free time. 

  • Upon graduation, she plans on attending Southeast Community and Technical College for 1 year and then transferring to Eastern Kentucky University to major in Elementary Education. 

  • Hannah's future goal is to return to the beautiful mountains that she calls home, where she can impact the future generations of Harlan County,

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Olivia Minor

Harlan County High School

  • Olivia Ellison Minor, daughter of Luke and Bonnie Minor and Kathy Minor.

  • She is a recent graduate from Harlan County High School.

  • Olivia participated in numerous school clubs including being 2018/2019 Secretary of the Beta Club, 2019/2020 President of the National Honor Society, 2019/2020 Treasurer of the Spanish National Honor Society, 2016 President of Scott County 4-H, and a member of the Student Council, Gifted and Talented Program, Educational Talent Search, Gear-Up, Denkeepers, Club Unite, and Horizon Volleyball Club.

  • She was a 3 year varsity starter for the HC volleyball team. She was nominated for the 2018 52nd District All Tournament Team, 2018 13th Region Media All Tournament Team, and 2019 52nd District All Tournament Team.

  • Olivia has accumulated almost 600 hours worth of community service. She has served as a 4-H teen camp counselor at Junior Summer 4-H Camp, Pumpkin Walk, Fall and Spring Cloverbuds Camp, Scott County Day Bug Camp, Reality Store, and has Christmas caroled at a nursing home, been a Master of Ceremonies at public speaking and dramatic reading competitions, and planned a day camp for campers. She has also been a volunteer for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership association and through them as cleaned at a Ronald McDonald House and been a Team Alumni Volunteer at the 2019 state summer seminar. She has also done many community activities through her school such as working at the Dr. Suess fair, Fall Festival, 2019 7th/8th Cheer Competition, Debra Carruba Fundraiser, Passing for a Purpose, Senior Honor Night, handing out flowers at the Harlan Nursing Home, and reading Dr. Suess books to elementary school students.

  • Olivia was the 2018 HCHS Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Representative and a 2019 Governors Scholars Alternate. She is also a WYMT Mountain Scholar recipient.

  • In her spare time, you can find Olivia hiking, hanging out with her friends and family, reading, waiting tables as a waitress at The Portal, or watching her favorite TV series or movie.

  • Olivia has been accepted to Eastern Kentucky University as a Presidential Scholar. She will major in Biomedical Sciences with a Pre-Med focus. Olivia hopes to attend the University of Kentucky Medical School after she receives her Bachelors Degree to achieve her aspirations of becoming a surgeon. 

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Shalora Neely

Harlan County High School

  • Shalora Mckenzie Neely is the 17-year-old daughter of Donnie and Nicole Neely.

  • She is a graduate of Harlan County High School. She graduated with an honors diploma as Valedictorian with 25 college hours.

  • She is graduating with CPR and Basic Life Support certification.

  • Her academic awards include being nominated for the US National Achievement Academy, a Miss Kentucky Teen Photogenic Scholarship, a Southeastern Kentucky First Priority scholarship, an Athletic Scholarship to the University of Pikeville, and a UPike GPA and test score scholarship.

  • While in high school, she was very involved in her school and community. She was Vice-President of the Spanish Honor Society as well as the Gear UP club. She was also a member of Gifted and Talented, Talent Search, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, DECA, First Priority, The Honor Society Foundation, Art Club, Link Crew, Den Keepers, Kentucky Youth Blueprint Ambassadors as well as Kentucky Youth Navigators through Kentucky Youth Advocates, and Promising Appalachian Leaders in Service through Berea College. She is the Co-Founder of the Harlan County Healthy Smiles dental campaign. She is an active participant in an annual state wide toy drive for children. She is a youth leader for Children's Advocacy Day in Frankfort. She also participates in an Epilepsy Awareness Organization. She recently applied to become a volunteer for the Make-a-Wish foundation. She has accumulated over 300 community service hours through various other activities throughout her community and state.

  • While in high school she has been a member of the dance, soccer, tennis, and track teams.

  • Shalora's future plans are to attend the University of Pikeville to double major in Nursing and Biology. She plans to transfer to the University of Kentucky to become a Pediatric Intensive Care Doctor. She wants to help change the lives of others in a positive way. While in college she will continue dancing for the University of Pikeville. She also hopes to participate in several intramural sports and the Disney College Program. After graduating she plans to work at East Tennessee Childrens Hospital. She plans to be the founder of her own Epilepsy Awareness Organization as well as a No-Kill Animal Shelter. She also hopes to own a Dance studio completely free to its members to give the gift of Dance to everyone. Most importantly she wants to change the lives of those around her and give equal opportunities to everyone.

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Hannah Pittman

Harlan County High School

  • Hannah Alexis Rayne Pittman is an 18 years old graduate of the Harlan County High School class of 2020.

  • She is the daughter of David and Kenova Pittman and attends Yocum Creek Baptist Church.

  • Hannah received a 32 (33 superscore) on the ACT and has maintained a 4.0 throughout high school, whilst taking every dual credit and honors course available.

  • She was a member of several clubs and organizations at HCHS including BETA Club, National Honor Society, DECA, Gifted and Talented, Educational Talent Search, and Student Council. She also served as President of GEAR UP all four years and as FBLA President her senior year.

  • Along with these feats, she was captain of the esteemed girls soccer team that secured four district regular season champion recognitions and four district tournament runner-ups during her tenure. She also received several all-tournament team awards over the last two years.

  • Hannah was a vital piece in the success of the academic team during her high school tenure. She received several awards for her composition pieces and was a part of the decorated future problem solving team, which has represented Kentucky on the national level and placed 7th at the state competition her freshman year.

  • Outside of school Hannah participated in the Promising Appalachian Leaders in Service (PALS) program that is sponsored by GEAR UP, Berea College, and Partners For Education. This exclusive program allowed her to build a network not only across Kentucky, but across the country. She served as a Kentucky representative at several conferences including the National Appalachian Student Leadership Conference,Young Women LEAD Conference, and College For Every Student Conference in Burlington, VT. Hannah also became a Kentucky Youth Advocates Blueprint Ambassador as a result of her involvement in PALS. She has worked with KYA at several events, such as Children’s Advocacy Day. Hannah has also founded an oral health initiative within our community that focuses on teaching elementary children proper oral hygiene and providing them with the necessary products to maintain a healthy smile. She was able to accomplish this with the help of several individuals she works with through both the PALS and KYABA programs.

  • Hannah is passionate about creating positive change in her community, which is evident by the nearly 600 community service hours she has accumulated the last four year. One of her favorite volunteer opportunities she had was serving as a ref for the newly established middle school soccer league and mentoring the young players. Although she is attending college out-of-state, she hopes to still be as heavily involved in the Harlan County community as possible and has already started the processes of scheduling oral health presentations at local elementary schools next year.

  • Hannah plans to attend East Tennessee State University in the fall as an Economics and Finance major.

  • She has been accepted into the Business Honors-in-Discipline program, along with the Presidential Honors Community Service Scholars program. She has been awarded several scholarships, including the Harlan County Community Scholarship that is worth $1,250. The Public Corps Scholarship she has been offered from her university is worth $17,500, and she also has been presented with several smaller ETSU scholarships from their honors programs she plans to partake in.

  • After earning her under-graduate degree, she intends to pursue further education through a graduate program.

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Emily Sergent

Harlan County High School

  • Emily Sergent, 18, is the daughter of Prindle and Allen Sergent.

  • She is graduating as Valedictorian of Harlan County High School, along with 34 college credits.

  • During her time there, Emily has been involved in numerous clubs and activities. She is a member of the Harlan County Wellness and Recreation Center Advisory Committee, formed by Judge Executive Dan Mosley to build a recreation center to improve the health of our citizens. Emily is passionate about the project, and hopes it will make life better for her community. Alongside that project, she is the President of Spanish Honor Society and the Treasurer of GEAR UP Club, two jobs that she works hard at. Emily is also a member of the National Honor Society, Superintendents Student Council, Beta Club, Education Talent Search, First Priority, FBLA, and DECA.

  • Emily has received several prestigious scholarships that include the LMU Presidential Provost Scholarship, the Loyall Alumni Scholarship, the Clarissa Brigmon Foundation Scholarship, and a Harlan County Community Scholarship through the Bianchi Family. 

  • Emily has been involved in innumerable acts of community service, as it is extremely important for her to give back to others and volunteer her time to help. She has given hundreds of hours of her time to make life better for those around her. Emily has worked on organizing an Arbor Day Tree Planting Project, cleaning her local homeless shelter, helped putting together numerous food and supply drives, and spending time with patients at the nursing home. Emily also has spent time volunteering at local academic team matches and tutoring students at her past elementary school. She also enjoys volunteering at the annual Passing for a Purpose football camp and teaching Sunday School at her church. Emily is an active member in her church and a very humble, religious young woman. She loves to attend Teen Class and church meetings and potlucks to spend time with other members. 

  • During her free time, Emily still remains active and always keeps busy. She cherishes spending time with her family, even if it’s just talking about each other’s day that time is dear to her heart. Emily loves to spend time at the lake where she kayaks, goes boating, and hosts block parties with all of her close friends. She also likes to work outdoors, paint, crochet, and sew. 

  • Emily plans to attend Lincoln Memorial University in the fall to major in Pre-Med Biology to become either a Physician or Physicians Assistant. She wants to be able to use her degree to return to her hometown and treat those in Harlan.

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Carlee Stephens

Harlan County High School

  • Carlee Stephens, 18 year old, daughter of Roy and Libbie Stephens.

  • She is a recent graduate of Harlan County High School.

  • Carlee was a member of numerous school clubs, National Honors Society, Beta Club, Spanish Honors Society, Talent Search, Gear Up, and the Den Keepers.

  • She played volleyball for two years and was a member of the dance team for one year. During that time, she won numerous titles participating in these sports such as, 2017 district runner-up for volleyball and Cheer Elite invitational grand champions for the dance team. 

  • She has volunteered countless hours in her community as well as her church. She has helped organize events for her church, read to children at Wallins Elementary School, wrapped presents for children in need, helped clean windows in the community of Cumberland, donated to the Empty Stocking Fund and Toys for Tots, donated to the Alzheimer's Associated and donated many food drives during her high school career. 

  • She has received an academic scholarship through Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.

  • In her spare time, she enjoys painting canvas' for her family and friends, going to the beach, attending cookouts with her family, participating in church functions and offering her skills in make-up and hair for her peers.

  • Carlee has been accepted into the University of Lousiville, Eastern Kentucky University, Alice Lloyd College, University of Pikeville, but her college of choice is Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College which she has been awarded an academic scholarship.

  • She plans on studying at Southeast College and receiving her two year degree, then transferring to University of Louisville to further her education and with a double major in psychology and criminology with a minor in criminal justice.

  • Carlee plans to return to her hometown after receiving her degrees.

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Zoie Wilson

Harlan County High School

  • Zoie LaKendra Wilson is a recent graduate of Harlan County High school. She is the 18 year old daughter of Theren and Amber White.

  • Zoie has maintained a 3.9 GPA throughout her high school career. She has earned 27 college credit hours from Southeast Community and Technical College. Zoie’s senior year, she received her certification as a nursing assistant.

  • While in high school, Zoie was a part of many clubs such as National Honor Society, Beta Club, Gear - Up, First Priority, Talent Search, and the Den Keepers. She was a member of track and field, cross country, soccer, and tennis teams.

  • While she was a part of the track team, her team placed first at district and region as well. In cross country, Zoie and her team placed first at district. Playing soccer, she and her teammates won district championship then placed second at region.

  • Zoie is very active in her community. She has volunteered at Christ Hands, planted trees locally, participated for a fundraiser supporting those affected by Blackjewel, spent time with the elderly in the nursing home, leaving food and supplies in blessing boxes around Harlan, and even frequently cleans up her community. She is also active in church. Zoie is a member of Harlan Christian Church and works in the nursery.

  • Outside of school, sports, and clubs, Zoie has maintained a job since her sophomore year and currently works at Crazy Daisy Boutique.

  • Her hobbies include spending time with her family, taking time to enjoy being outdoors, singing, playing guitar and piano, and to see her friends.  

  • Her future plans are to attend Southeast Community and Technical College where she has been accepted into the nursing program to further her education in the medical field.

  • After receiving her degree as a registered nurse she plans to remain in Harlan to care for patients in her hometown. She hopes to one day start her own family and teach them the importance of giving back to others and their community. 

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Alli Witt

Harlan High School

  • Allison Lindsay Witt is the Daughter of Ronald and Missy Witt.

  • She is eighteen years old and is a recent graduate of the class of 2020 at Harlan High School. 

  • She has been on the honor roll all four years of high school while taking  Dual Credit and Advanced Placement Classes maintaining a 3.9 GPA. She is also an ACT Scholar.

  • Allison was voted best smile by her class and Ms. Harlan High School by her school her senior year.

  • Allison was a dedicated member in numerous clubs such as the Beta Club, the Future Business Leaders of America Club, the Pep Club, and the Twelve Year Club. She was a member of the prom committee her junior year and was yearbook editor her senior year at Harlan High School. She was the treasurer of the Beta Club her junior year and the vice president her senior year. 

  • She dedicated many hours of her time helping the community by donating items to Christ Hands and With Love From Harlan as well as volunteering time at Horizon Adult Healthcare. Allison attends Kelly Street Baptist Church and is an active member in her youth group and volunteers her time helping during Vacation Bible School.

  • Allison was on the varsity cheer team all four years of high school. During her time as a cheerleader, she helped lead her team to their championship win at the Sweet Sixteen In-Game Cheer Competition her freshman year, their runner-up placement during the KHSAA Region Cheer Competition her freshman and sophomore years, and the team’s third place placement at the All “A” State In-Game Cheer Competition her senior year.

  • In Allison’s spare time she loves spending time with her friends and family, taking her dogs for a walk, and being outdoors. 

  • Allison has been accepted to Eastern Kentucky University and plans on attending EKU in the fall. She has been awarded the Chairman Scholar Scholarship based off of her academic achievements as well as an institutional award scholarship. She plans to pursue a career in elementary education or in occupational therapy.

  • Allison plans on returning to her hometown of Harlan County after receiving her degrees in order to give back to her community.