Georgetown, KY – A very special coronation took place in John L. Hill Chapel last Saturday (Jan. 28) when one current Georgetown College student crowned another as Miss Bluegrass Area 2012.
Miranda Buchanan, a junior Psychology major from Frankfort, became the new Miss Bluegrass Area when good friend Mira Baker, a senior Political Science major who grew up mostly in Lexington, relinquished the title and placed the crown on her head. In an e-mail Miranda wrote, “Mira’s shoes will be big ones to fill, but I couldn’t have chosen a better role model and mentor.”
Both will compete in the 2012 Miss Kentucky Scholarship Pageant (July 12 -14) as winners of preliminary pageants; Mira won Miss Mammoth Cave Area in October.
Miranda, who grew up idolizing all the women in the Miss America organization, is very excited about her first chance to compete in the state pageant that feeds into the national scholarship pageant. She added, “I am still shocked to think that in just a few short months I will share the stage with some of this state’s most beautiful, intelligent, and talented young women. All in all, I am extremely blessed to have been given this opportunity and know that the experience will forever change my life and make me a better person. I hope to make my family, college, and state proud in July.”
Miranda will sing as her talent, but she may not decide until March on whether to again perform “It’s A Man’s World,” by James Brown and the late Etta James, as she did in Miss Bluegrass Area. Her friend Mira would probably vote Yes! “I had no idea until the pageant that Miranda has such great pipes on her,” she exclaimed. “Awesome selection and wonderful performance!”
Both young women have Miss Kentucky platforms they are passionate about. Miranda’s is “Just Say No To the Indoor Glow” – Skin Cancer Awareness; Mira’s is “Music Adds Up” – promoting music education in our public schools.
Miranda Buchanan, who was the 2011 Kentucky Festival Pageants State Grand Supreme winner in November, is almost as pageant-tested as her friend Mira Baker, who is GC’s reigning 2011 Belle of the Blue.
Miranda, the 2007 Miss Western Hills pageant winner, was also quite the athlete in high school as well. Her senior year (2009) she was Class 2A- Kentucky Softball Player of Year and made the Kentucky/Tennessee All-Star Team. She briefly played softball for GC.
But, Monday, when the two go out to celebrate at their favorite Mexican restaurant in Georgetown, the talk will be mostly “pageants.” And, Mira can speak with great experience as she will be competing in Miss Kentucky for the fourth time and having finished in the Top Ten the past two years.