By ELIZABETH FOOTE
On Saturday, Feb. 23, Kristen Robinson was crowned Belle of the Blue 2013. Robinson is a Georgetown College freshman from Frankfort, KY. She is studying music education and plans to one day teach high school choirs.
The Miss Congeniality Award was voted on by the contestants who spent the week together preparing for the event. The Audience Choice Award was decided by how much money the audience donated in honor of each contestant. This money was then donated to the Georgetown College Dance Marathon.
The contestants were judged on five criteria: Scholarship which included GPA and an essay; interview which took place before the actual event; Talent; Poise and Appearance; and Communication Skills.
The contestants showed off a variety of talents. Erin Pinnel danced to “Stay” by Rihanna, and Ashley Fritsch tap danced to “Let’s Hear It for The Boy” by Deniece Williams. Vocal performances included Hollis Dudgeon singing “The Cup Song” from the movie “Pitch Perfect,” Allie White singing “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” originally sung by Marilyn Monroe, Kristen Robinson singing “Astonishing” from the musical “Little Women” and Lynsey Jordan singing “Popular” from the musical “Wicked.” Brittany Sims, Genee Johns and Chelsea Brown showed off their piano talents. Keira Lopez showed the audience her unusual talent of Cup Stacking while providing what she described as comic relief between the dance and vocal performances. Another uncommon talent was displayed by Kelsey Burton, who taught the audience how to make bowls, cups and plates out of pottery clay.
During the Poise and Appearance section all of the contestants were beautiful in their full length evening gowns, all of which included at least a little bit of sparkle.
After a special vocal performance by Morgan Fralick, the top five contestants were announced. They then had to answer an impromptu question for the Communication Skills section. Chelsea Brown was asked, “If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would you chose and why?” She said that she would choose her grandfather because she never got to meet him. Erin Pinnell was asked, “If you could be on the cover of any magazine which would you chose and why?” She would like to be on the cover of “17 Magazine” because many role models are featured in that magazine and she would like to reach out to the magazine’s younger audience.
Kristen Robinson was asked, “What is the biggest challenge young people face today?” She believes young people are especially challenged by their fear of not being accepted. She encourages young people to look towards God’s plan in their life and to not worry because everything happens for a reason. Geneé Johns was asked, “Which famous person does your character most parallel?” She claims she is most like Andy Griffith because they both share a laid back personality. Allie White was asked, “What makes you relatable to your peers?” She claimed that she is relatable to her peers through the variety of organizations she is involved with.
After another special performance by Fralick, the 2012 Belle of the Blue, Jaime Horne, spoke on her experience as the winner of this honored position. Then the awards were announced and Horne passed the title on to Robinson.
Like the many Belles of the Blue before her, Robinson will go on to compete in the 2013 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival. She has big shoes to fill considering so many Belles of the Blue, including Horne, have won the title of Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Queen.