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Miss Kentucky Jenna Day has a message for the students of Oldham County: never give up on your goals and dreams.
Day, who was crowned Miss Kentucky last July, recently visited students at Locust Grove Elementary and East Oldham Middle School to talk to them about making healthy choices and gaining self confidence.
A Louisville native and University of Kentucky student, Day told students they needed to do three things to be successful: take care of their minds, their bodies and their hearts.
“When it comes to your education, when it comes to taking care of your mind, you have to try new things,” Day said.
Day will retain her crown until June of this year and plans to talk to more than 50,000 school children during her reign.
Day told EOMS students that it took her four tries to eventually win Miss Kentucky, a story she said she shares to promote perseverance.
“I don’t believe anyone should give up on their goals and dreams,” Day, who said she decided in the fourth grade she wanted to be Miss Kentucky, said . “No matter how big or small the goal is, it’s there.”
After spending time with the students, Day said speaking to students of all grade levels is a favorite responsibility of hers, in addition to being a Kentucky Proud spokeswoman. She said being able to talk to children about what they are going through “is wonderful.”
“It’s like no other thing, once in a lifetime,” Day said. “It’s a crazy year, but a huge blessing to be Miss Kentucky.”
The trip was Day’s first experience talking to students in Oldham County, but as a Louisville native she said traveling to places like Oldham County is special and a preference, since they are close to home.
And while she’s influencing children every day with a message of positivity, Day said the experience is uplifting for her as well.
“You get a crown and a sash, but at the end of the day it’s not about you,” Day said. “It’s about the lives you can touch.”
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