A Somerset Community College (SCC) student has been named the winner of the Kentucky
Mountain Laurel Festival Queen Pageant. Hannah Isaacs of Somerset was crowned the
seventy-eighth winner of the competition by Governor Steve Beshear. The event was
held at the Laurel Cove Amphitheater in Pineville, Kentucky.
The Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival is among Kentuckys oldest festivals, beginning
in 1931. It was established by Mrs. Annie Walker Burns as a means of honoring her
well-known ancestor, Dr. Thomas Walker.
Each year, colleges and universities from across the Commonwealth send representatives
to the pageant. The first Mountain Laurel Festival Queen was Betty Baxter, representing
Eastern State College, crowned in 1931. The record for most wins is thirteen wins
for the University of Kentucky, including the 2013 winner Madison McCowan. Isaacs
win was the first ever for a community college.
Other candidates and their respective institutions included: Jacquelyn Alyssia Crawford,
Alice Lloyd College; Jamie Lee Peters, Bellarmine University; Shelby Lee Mattingly,
Campbellsville University; Hayley Michelle Smith, Centre College; Samantha Sue Chenault,
Eastern Kentucky University; Elizabeth Feldpausch, Georgetown College; Summer Nicole
Crick, Kentucky Wesleyan College; Sabrina Allison Tom, Lindsey Wilson College; Casey
Strugill, Morehead State University; Rayna Leigh Gordon, Murray State University;
Drew Alexandria Emmons Ison, Saint Catherine College; Anna JO Creech, Southeast Community
and Technical College; Marah Catherine Annice Rice, Union College; Victoria Taylee
Knuckles, University of the Cumberlands; Megan Ann Kasama, University of Kentucky;
Megan Devine, University of Louisville; Katlin Renee Massie, University of Pikeville;
and Alexis Nicole Baker, Western Kentucky University.
Isaacs escort for the event was Taylor Gover of Somerset. As dictated by tradition,
the winning candidates escort is dunked in the reflecting pool at the conclusion of
Isaacs has been active in her community, volunteering for the March of Dimes, Special
Olympics, Isaiah 58:10 and fundraising for the Foundation for Physical Therapy. She
is SCCs representative to the Agency for Substance Abuse Policy and is an officer
is the Physical Therapy Student Organization. She is currently enrolled in first-year
studies in SCCs Physical Therapist Assistant Program with an anticipated graduation
date of May, 2016. She is the daughter of Mark and Debbie Isaacs of Somerset.