2012 Belle of the Blue Jaime Horne with Georgetown Gentleman Devin Rogers. In the new men’s competition, Dennis Propp, a sophomore from Crestwood, was first runner-up; Wesley Folsom, a freshman from Wailuku, Hawaii, was 2nd runner-up.

Georgetown, KY – Even though Jaime Horne was Belle of the Blue first runner-up a year ago, she was “shocked” Kappa Delta sorority voted her to represent them again in 2012. The junior with the 3.9 GPA made her sisters look as smart as she is, winning both the BOTB crown and overall scholarship award Saturday night in John L. Hill Chapel.

“I thought they might want to give another girl a chance, but it felt great that they had that faith in me,” said the popular Jaime, who happens to be Georgetown’s KD chapter president. She also made her hometown (Paris, KY) Town & Village School of Dance proud performing a salsa-inspired jazz number to Michael Buble’s “Sway.”

“Belle of the Blue is a really nice pageant because it’s not just beauty-based,” said Jaime, who put a lot of stock into her essay and 15-minute interview. “This really gets at who somebody truly is.”

Meredith Cave, a junior Theatre/Political Science double major from Nicholasville, was named 1st runner-up on her second try. She represented the Independent Men this time, and her Phi Mu sisters in 2011. Freshman Allie White, an Elementary Education major/Social Sciences minor from Lawrenceburg, was 2nd runner-up. Junior Morgan Floyd, a Psychology major/Political Science minor from Richmond, was selected Miss Congeniality.

The tradition-rich (since 1950!) Belle of the Blue Scholarship Pageant was preceded by the first Georgetown Gentleman competition – a trial run that appears to be a huge hit. “I really liked that they started this competition for the guys,” said Jaime, a Psychology major/Communication minor.

“All the contestants bonded more,” she continued. “We spent so much time together! We (girls) watched their competition, and they watched ours.”

Jaime Horne also watched her friend Devin Rogers being crowned the inaugural Georgetown Gentleman, then later asked him to be her escort at the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival this spring. “Devin’s got the perfect personality for it,” said Jaime, whose sister (Kimberly Horne ’10) won KMLF in 2008.

After her crowning, Jaime was flanked by parents Bart and Pam Horne with sister Kimberly at right.

Devin also knows his way around the historic, elegant pageant at Kentucky’s Pine Mountain State Park. He was named Best Escort at the 2010 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Pageant while on the arm of Belle Victoria Engelhardt. A junior Communication & Media Studies major from Corbin, Devin is a member of Lambda Chi fraternity and the GC Tigers jayvee basketball team.

If campus involvement means half as much at Mountain Laurel as it does for BOTB, Jaime Horne should score big. She’s a varsity cheerleader and is a member of SGA House of Representatives and GC’s Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Belle of the Blue isn’t Jaime’s first pageant win. After committing to Georgetown College in the spring of 2009, she took the title of Kentucky’s Homecoming Queen before graduating from Bourbon County High School. That summer, she went to California and won the national title – America’s Homecoming Queen.

But, Monday – two days after BOTB – one got the impression that being the “Belle” is a bigger deal. “It’s been so nice walking to classes and being congratulated everywhere I go,” Jaime said. “I am SO honored to be representing Georgetown College.”