Life Should Always Be Eventful For Belle of the Blue Co-Emcees

Jim Durham, News Bureau Director

Watkins and Osborne
Co-VP’s for GC Traditions junior Abby Watkins, left, and Madison Osborne will emcee their 2nd Belle of the Blue pageant Feb. 20.

If you see Georgetown native Madison Osborne in action as co-emcee of the Belle of the Blue Scholarship Pageant, it’s easy to picture her down the road planning weddings or even living her lifelong dream as a dolphin trainer. Casting her partner, junior Abby Watkins of Mount Washington, as a magazine maven in New York is more of a stretch, but only for now.

When 15 Belle candidates compete Saturday (Feb. 20) on the John L. Hill Chapel stage, the two co-Vice Presidents of Traditions will share the spotlight one last time. They coordinated last year’s BOTB – the College’s popular scholarship pageant since 1950 – as well as Songfest 2009.

“We’ve made a name for the new Georgetown Activities Council,” said senior Madison, who co-coordinated last year’s pageant as well as Songfest 2009. “My role has opened my eyes to the bigger picture – and I think we’ve made these events a more enjoyable experience for a wider variety of students, and all groups.”

Madison advises patrons to be seated before the opening number – all 15 young women dancing to Sam Sparrow’s jazzy “Black & Gold,” choreographed by J.C. Campbell. “If you like watching amazing students with high GPAs – who are involved on campus – showing another side of themselves, you will love this pageant,” she said. Tickets are $2 at the door and the public is welcome.

“I really like event-planning. Now, I’m aware of things that others aren’t,” said Madison, daughter of Bobbi and Georgetown College men’s basketball coach Happy Osborne.

At Scott County High, Madison was Junior Class vice president and captain of the ’06 Softball team, her senior year. At Georgetown College she’s become an even bigger leader, holding the Panhellenic presidency last year in addition to her GAC role and being a member of Sigma Kappa sorority. A Communications and Psychology double major, she’s also a member of the Psychology Bowl team.

Matter of fact, Psychology professor Rebecca Singer has encouraged her to follow her passion for dolphins. “She said I can do this!” exclaimed Madison, who was part of the Psychology Special Topics group that took an Animal Behavior Research class on the island of Roatan, Honduras in May.

“Madison was fantastic – one of the best and brightest there,” said Dr. Singer, who has been a dolphin trainer. “She has the skill and determination to make it in the dolphin-training world.”

Madison loved the hands-on work they did with the dolphins at the Roatan Institute for Marine Science (RIMS). “I think this class is arguably the best experience someone who is interested in working with marine life could have before actually taking a job,” she said. “We were up at 7a.m. doing fish preparation some days and observed training and research sessions throughout the day. I learned so much about conditioning and training animals that I never would have otherwise.”

Abby can also see mile-a-minute Madison doing anything she wants to. “We’re both ‘only children,’ so we complement each other,” said the more laid-back Sigma sister. “She is so peppy, she keeps me motivated. But, sometimes I have to say ‘Madison, you just need to calm down’.”

Madison said, “Abby is more ‘go with the flow’ …which is good because while managing events, you quickly learn you can not plan for everything that happens. Abby is quick on her feet and a good improviser.”

Abby Watkins had a wonderful high school background at Bullitt East. She was involved in Student Government and Student Council, cheerleading and Track & Field. And, her experience being chosen 2007 Homecoming Queen her senior year – then going home to crown the ’08 queen – has helped prepare for Belle of the Blue, especially “the little touches” and anticipating the things that could go wrong.

Of course she always has Madison, the partner who loves lists. “I’ll say ‘I can probably remember’ and she’ll say ‘Abby, I’ll really feel better if we write it down’.”

As Sigma Kappa’s national president, Laura Owsley is in a unique position to observe Madison. “She could’ve been jaded growing up in here – the coach’s daughter – but Madison exudes energy, love and enthusiasm for Georgetown College,” said Owsley, a ’92 Georgetown graduate and the College’s Young Alumni director. “It’s evident in everything she does.”

Owsley was excited when she learned that Abby Watkins pledged Sigma Kappa this year as a junior. “Abby always seems to be smiling, always calm and in control,” she said.

Right now, Abby is undecided about running for a GAC office again; but after helping run three major campus events she plans to help wherever she can. She’s also on the Sigma’s PR Committee and wants to contribute as much as she can there, too.

Abby, a Graphic Design major/Psychology minor, is looking for a summer internship – preferably as a page designer with a magazine. Her dream job would be design editor of Vanity Fair or Vogue. Fortunately, the daughter of Steve and Glenda Watkins has another year to build a resume that could eventually take her there.

Perhaps the BOTB emcees should start a magazine devoted to dolphins. Said Owsley, “Madison and Abby work well together. They’re a great duo.”

Belle of the Blue Participants

Breanna Davis
Breanna Davis
Knight Hall
Majors: Chemistry & Spanish
Minor: Creative Writing
Parents: Teresa Dennis & Breon Davis
Toledo, OH
Quenesha Duncah
Quenesha Duncan
Anderson Hall
Majors: Business
Minor: Psychology
Parent: Bennetta Duncan
Louisville, KY
Victoria Engelhardt
Victoria Engelhardt
Alpha Gamma Delta
Major: Communication & Media Studies
Minors: Religion & Church Music
Parents: Kurt & Tina Engelhardt
Paducah, KY
Arielle Evans
Arielle Evans
Phi Mu
Major: Athletic Training
Minors: Spanish & Musical Theatre
Parents: Monte & Carmen Evans
Louisville, KY
Emily Faulkner
Emily Faulkner
Collier Hall
Major: Communication & Media Studies
Minors: Business & Theatre
Parents: Phil & Dottie Faulkner
Hopkinsville, KY
Sara Grega
Sara Grega
Sigma Kappa
Major: Chemistry
Minors: Biology & Spanish
Parents: Charles & Debra Grega
Corbin, KY
Emily Holt
Emily Holt
Kappa Alpha
Major: Exercise Science
Minor: Spanish
Parents: Mike & Angela Holt
Lebanon, KY
Sarah Houze
Sarah Houze
East Campus
Major: Communication & Media Studies
Minor: Liberal Arts
Parents: Rick & Beth Houze
Louisville, KY
Caroline Hutson
Caroline Hutson
Lambda Chi Alpha
Major: Elementary Education
Parents: Chris & Ginny Hutson
Paducah, KY
Kaitlin Johnson
Kaitlin Johnson
Kappa Delta
Major: Biology
Minors: Chemistry & Spanish
Parents: Larry & Christy Johnson
Owenton, KY
Brittany Lin
Brittany Lin
President’s House Association
Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Psychology
Parents: Steve & Sharon Lin
Louisville, KY
Emily Lyon
Emily Lyon
Flowers Hall
Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Spanish
Parents: Mark & Gina Lyon
Taylor Mill, KY
Alyssa Mullins
Alyssa Mullins
Pi Kappa Alpha
Major: Accounting
Minor: Psychology
Parents: Terry & Bobbie Mullins
Henderson, KY
Ashley Oldfield
Ashley Oldfield
Allen Hall
Major: Biology
Parents: Geraldine & Ricky Oldfield
Mount Sterling, KY
Hilary Thornton
Hillary Thornton
Phi Kappa Tau
Major: Communication & Media Studies
Parents: Paige & Gregg Thornton
Lexington, KY



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