Belle of the Blue 2013 Kristin Robinson is crowned by last year's Belle, Jaime Horne.

Belle of the Blue 2013 Kristin Robinson is crowned by last year’s Belle, Jaime Horne.

GEORGETOWN, KY – Freshman Kristen Robinson, representing Allen Hall/Lamb House, was crowned Georgetown College Belle of the Blue 2013 during the annual scholarship pageant in February. She is the daughter of Katie & Danny Robinson of Frankfort, Kentucky.

This theme for this year was “A Mid-Winter’s Night Dream” and each residence hall was represented by talented ladies who displayed grace and poise throughout the evening.

Pageant contestants are evaluated on five criteria: Scholarship, which includes GPA and an essay; a personal interview prior to the actual event; talent; poise and appearance; and communication skills.

Kristen, who is studying music education and plans to teach high school choirs, sang Astonishing from the musical ‘Little Women’ in the talent portion of the competition.

Asked about the biggest challenge youth face today, Kristen answered that she “believes young people are especially challenged by their fear of not being accepted,” adding that she encourages them to look towards God’s plan in their life and to not worry because everything happens for a reason.

Kristen is expected to compete in the 2013 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival in May where numerous other Belles of the Blue have been crowned Festival queen.

Other finalists included 1st Runner-Up, Erin Pinnell, a sophomore biology major from Bellbrook, Ohio, representing Rucker Village; 2nd Runner-Up, junior music major Chelsea Brown, Albany, Kentucky, representing Kappa Delta; 3rd Runner-Up, junior music major Genèe Johns, Catlettsburg, Kentucky, representing Flowers Hall; and 4th Runner-Up, sophomore elementary education major Allie White of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, representing Sigma Kappa.

The Miss Congeniality Award, voted on by all contestants, went to Chelsea Brown, while both the Scholarship Award and the Audience Choice Award went to Genèe Johns. The Scholarship Award is based on the results of the essay, pre-pageant Interview and GPA, while the Audience Choice is based on monetary donations from members of the audience in honor of a contestant.

Belle of the Blue contestants 2013

Belle of the Blue contestants 2013

Audience Choice donations, a new category this year, raised just over $200 for Dance Marathon Georgetown College (DMGC), a 17 hour 87 minute event coming up March 22 to raise funds for Kentucky Children’s Hospital as part of the Children’s Miracle Network.