Hannah Nnoromele, a 12-year-old student at Model Laboratory School, is 2008 Miss Kentucky Junior Teen America.

She was crowned Jan. 6 at the Radisson Plaza in downtown Lexington.

The daughter of Patrick and Salome Nnoromele of Richmond, this was Hannah’s first pageant competition.

She competed with teens from across Kentucky in interview, swimsuit, talent and evening wear, with each phase counting 25 percent of a contestant’s score.

In the talent competition, Hannah sang, “It’s a Most Unusual Day” from the 1948 film, “A Date with Judy.” In addition to the winning the overall title, she also brought home the academic achievement award.

With the crown came a cash prize, a photo session with Cosmo Modeling and numerous other prizes. As a state title holder, Nnoromele will represent Kentucky this fall at the national Miss Junior Teen America Pageant in Hartford, Conn., and make appearances across Kentucky this year.

She also will volunteer for community service projects in the central Kentucky area and promote her issue of concern, “Girl Stuff: Giving Young Girls Self-Confidence.”

Two other young ladies from Madison County joined Hannah at another pageant sponsored by the Miss Kentucky Teen America organization.

Brittany Gipson and Jaryn Noble both were finalists for the title of Kentucky’s Young Miss.

Brittany, the 10-year-old daughter of Abe and Kim Gipson of Waco, won the pageant’s modeling award.

She was named Miss Pre-teen Kentucky at the 2007 Kentucky State Fair Pageant and attends Waco Elementary School.

Jaryn, the 9-year-old daughter of Jared and Tracey Noble of Richmond, won the most photogenic, essay and community service awards. She attends Model Laboratory School.

Amy Albaugh, Richmond resident and 2007 Miss Kentucky Teen America, was on hand to crown her successor. Amy’s Mother, Donna Albaugh, was recognized as a 2008 Miss Kentucky Teen America Woman of the Year.

For more information about Miss Kentucky Teen America pageants or how to book one of the state title holders for an event, visit misskentuckyteenamerica.com or call 1-859-229-6102.

Bill Robinson can be reached at brobinson@richmondregister.com or at 623-1669, Ext. 267.

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