2011 Belle of the Blue Mira Baker

In case you were wondering, you haven’t missed any news about Belle of the Blue (customarily held in February): the 2012 scholarship pageant had to be pushed back to Saturday, March 31, for a variety of reasons. And, we are hoping to get as many former contestants (not just you Belles) to attend as possible.

All previous contestants – those we have good information on anyway – should know this from an e-vite that went out last week. You should have been invited to a special 5:30-7 p.m. reception open to former Belle candidates and parents of this year’s contestants. If you have competed in BOTB, but haven’t received an electronic invitation, please first check your e-mail. If you don’t find an e-vite, then contact kathleen_johnson@georgetowncollege.edu or (502) 863-7989 – and GC Steward Coordinator Kathleen Johnson will make you feel even more welcome.

The earlier start (5:30 p.m.) for the reception in the Hall of Fame Room (Cralle Student Center) will allow even those who are coming for the new Georgetown Gentleman competition (6-7 p.m.) to have some refreshment, too.

Miranda Buchanan

Tickets for both Georgetown Gentleman and Belle of the Blue are $3 a person – if you purchase for one event. For $5, you may purchase a ticket that gets you into both.

“Georgetown Gentleman” may remind some alumni of the “Beau of the Blue” competition that was discontinued years ago. But, this trial event will mainly focus on good citizenship, scholarship and community service – plus preliminary interviews.

The Belle of the Blue competition will commence at 7:30 p.m.

And, here’s a fun factoid for BOTB attendees:

Three young women who have already won preliminary events qualifying them for the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Pageant in mid-July will grace the John L. Hill Chapel stage:

Mira Baker, last year’s Belle who will be crowning her successor, is the current Miss Mammoth Cave Area. The senior, who grew up in Lexington, will be in Miss Kentucky for the fourth consecutive year and second straight  while attending Georgetown College. The past two years she’s been a Top Ten Finalist and a Quality of Life Finalist.

Jessica Casebolt

BOTB candidate Miranda Buchanan, a junior from Frankfort, is Miss Blue Grass Area. She won that title recently in Hill Chapel and was crowned by Mira Baker.

BOTB candidate Jessica Casebolt, a freshman from Pikeville, won the title of Miss Goldenrod Area in Ashland on March 3. When Jessica competed in Miss Kentucky last summer she had already committed to Georgetown College.

If that doesn’t tell you this may be the most competitive BOTB ever – 2012 Belle of the Blue runner-up Jaime Horne, a junior from Paris, is also entered. After committing to Georgetown College in the spring of 2009, Jaime won a national pageant in California – America’s Homecoming Queen.