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Goshen woman crowned Kentucky Derby Festival Queen

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A South Oldham High School graduate is this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Queen.

Cameryn Jones was crowned by a spin of the wheel at the annual Fillies Derby Ball at the Galt House Friday night.

Jones, of Goshen, is a senior at the University of Kentucky studying food science. She is a 2009 graduate of SOHS.

Jones has been named to the dean’s list five times and serves as recruitment president and career & personal development director for the UK chapter of Chi Omega women’s fraternity.

She recently served as a marketing intern for the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

Jones and four other women were selected for the Kentucky Derby Festival’s 2013 Royal Court in January.

The court represents the Kentucky Derby Festival and the city of Louisville as official ambassadors for the festival.

They attend nearly every official Derby Festival event culminating with their appearance in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on May 2.

They also will attend the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and visit schools to discuss the importance of volunteerism.

Other members of the Royal Court include Chelsea Diamond of Louisville, Katherine Gardner of Greenville, Allison Grant of Harrodsburg and Dominique Luster of Louisville.

The Derby Festival’s Royal Court is coordinated by The Fillies Inc., a volunteer group that works closely with the festival.

Each woman receives a $2,000 scholarship funded by the Fillies and the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.

The first Derby Festival Princess was crowned in 1957, the second year of the festival. Past princesses have included former Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins and Gail Gorski, the first female pilot hired by United Airlines.

Candidates for the Princess Program must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and are selected by a panel of three out-of-state judges.

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