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Belle of the Blue Lindsay Conner, left, receives the crown from Chelsea Northrip

Junior Lindsay Conner, left, was crowned 2009 Belle of the Blue Saturday night in John L. Hill Chapel by reigning Belle and Sigma Kappa sister Chelsea Northrip of Lexington.

Conner, a top five finisher last year in this grandest of Georgetown College traditions, won the 60th scholarship pageant on her second try. A Show Choir performer all four years at Shelbyville (IN) High School, she sang Faith Hill’s “There You’ll Be” from the movie “Pearl Harbor” as her talent on Saturday.

First runner-up Arielle Evans, a freshman from Louisville, sang “Some Enchanted Evening” from the musical “South Pacific.” Second runner-up Rebecca Smith, a junior from Winchester, performed an interpretive ballet piece to “Before the Throne” by Shane and Shane. Smith also won Miss Congeniality and a $500 scholarship.

past and present winnersAt ceremony’s end, the 2008 and 2009 Belles got to meet a number of past pageant participants on stage. Here, Chelsea Northrip, third from left, and Lindsay Conner posed with Becky Williams Hanson ’76, left, Ann Carlisle McCamy ’85, Zane Parke Cohen ’57 (and Belle of the Blue her senior year), Jo Lawless ’87 (Belle the same year), and Edwina Wehrmeyer Fields ’57 (Belle in ’56).

Several past participants brought “potential Tigers” with them. Lawless brought son Adam Badaracco, a sophomore at Louisville St. Xavier who attended the GC Football Camp last summer and (she e-mailed) “had a great time,

in large part due to my dear old friend, (assistant) Coach Bruce Owens.” McCamy brought her son Chris, a senior and baseball player at Lexington Christian Academy. Fields had with her grand-daughters Sophia and Savannah Fields and their mother Lynnell, a missionary in Honduras. “Phee” (Sophia), now 16 and home-schooled, will be a freshman when her GC sophomore sister is a senior.

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2008 Belle of the Blue Chelsea Northrip, a senior from Lexington; 2009 Belle of the Blue Lindsay Conner, a junior from Shelbyville, INDIANA; first runner-up Arielle Evans, a freshman from Louisville, and second runner-up Rebecca Smith, a junior from Winchester. (Photo by Paul Atkinson/Rockledge Photography)

And, Becky Hanson, who perhaps travelled the furthest in the continental U.S. (Bloomington, Illinois), had college-age son Jordan with her.

Here’s more on this year’s winner and two runners-up – both of the latter being members of Phi Mu sorority:

Belle of the Blue Lindsay Conner

A serious scholar, she studied English Literature at Georgetown’s Oxford University partner Regent’s Park College in England fall semester (2008). “And, I’m thinking of applying for a Fulbright Scholarship my senior year,” said Lindsay, aware that 18 Georgetown students have been awarded a Fulbright since 1990 and taught abroad. This summer she (a Spanish minor) hopes to return to England and travel as well to Spain with friends she made at Oxford.

An English and Secondary Education double major, education is definitely in Lindsay’s blood. Both parents, Jim and Cindy Conner are elementary school principals in or near Shelbyville, south of Indianapolis. Lindsay will do her high school English student teaching in Spring 2010.

First Runner-Up Arielle Evans

As a freshman this fall, Arielle represented Kentucky in the National American Miss pageant at Disneyland in California during Thanksgiving week. An Honors graduate of Christian Academy of Louisville, she’s the daughter of Monte and Carmen Evans of the Lyndon area. She plans to major in Athletic Training and minor in Vocal Music and Spanish; and she’s already a member of Concert Choir and the new Lyric Theatre Society of Georgetown College. She’s a member of Phi Mu sorority, but represented Kight Hall.

2nd Runner-up Rebecca Smith

A Health Science major and Music minor from Winchester, she represented her Phi Mu sorority in BOTB. At Georgetown, she is a member of Creative Ministries, Campus Ministry Leadership Team, and Chorale, and is a student accompanist. A 2006 graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, she was a member of All-State Chorus 2004-06. Rebecca, a former Clark County Junior Miss Overall scholarship winner, is the daughter of Norman and Crystal Smith. She was also a student at Winchester’s Fara Tyree School of Dance for 14 years.