After being crowned 2016 CU Valentine's Queen, junior Kendall Riddle, left, hugs Jessica Blakeman, winner of the 2015 pageant.
Amy Grant to be in concert
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Shave your head
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Kendall Riddle is Valentine's Queen
Campbellsville University’s annual Derby Rose Gala is planned for Thursday, April 29 with a dinner and a concert featuring contemporary Christian music singer Amy Grant.
Cost for the gala and concert is $125, which allows you preferred seating at the concert. The dinner will be at 6 p.m., with a 5:15 p.m. reception, at Winters Dining Hall.
The concert is at 8 p.m. in Ransdell Chapel. General admission for the concert only is $65.
After winning the first pageant she had ever entered, Kendall Riddle is preparing for another competition representing Campbellsville University.
Riddle, a junior from Louisville, Ky. is the university’s new Valentine’s Queen. As the queen, she will represent the university in the 86th Mountain Laurel Festival Memorial Day weekend.
“I had never been in a pageant before,” Riddle said. “I thought it would be fun to step out of my comfort zone and try something I’ve never done before.
“I never would have imagined that I would’ve gotten queen. I’m still shocked and so happy with the results.”
Representing the Campus Times, Riddle was selected as queen on Feb. 12 during the university’s 74th pageant.
Riddle also won Best Interview.
The contestants competed against each other in the following categories: interview, personal talent, poise and evening gown wear.
In addition to Riddle, the contestants were Amber Leigh Wright representing WLCU, Bailey Foxworth representing the Women’s Swim Team, Beth Webb representing Sigma Zeta, Breanne Ward representing the Society of Professional Journalists, Brooke Pedigo representing the Women’s Village Phase 2, Chelsey Robinson representing the Social Work Club, Jessica Tinsley representing Sigma Delta Pi, Joelle Collett representing Stapp Hall, Madison Daulton representing the Women’s Village Phase 4 and Tiffany Yount representing Phi Alpha Theta.
Other awards went to Amber Wright who won Best Poise and Appearance and Madison Dalton who won Best Talent and Miss Congeniality. Joelle Collett was second runner-up, and first runner-up was Bailey Foxworth.
James Yount won Best Escort while escorting his daughter Tiffany Yount.
Riddle was escorted by Ed Pavy. For her talent she sang the song “Mighty to Save” while her aunt, Kathy Pavy, played the piano.
Colleges and universities in Kentucky are allowed to send a young woman to represent them in the Mountain Laurel Festival. According to the festival’s website, throughout the festival there are picnics, receptions, dances, a parade, the coronation at Pine Mountain State Resort Amphitheater, a grand ball and a culminating breakfast to honor the new queen who wears a crown made of live mountain laurel blooms and carries a hand-made bouquet, a tradition many years old.
This year's “Shave to Conquer” event will be Saturday, March 19 during spring break.
If you are not able to attend but still would like to take part, the School of Cosmetology will be shaving heads anytime during the week of March 6-10
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