Mrs. Kentucky America

Daup and Stucker compete
in pageant for married women

2009 competition
opens the door for charity work

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 2009) – Meagan Daup fulfilled a childhood dream when she competed in the Mrs. Kentucky America 2009 pageant in May. Chosen as a semifinalist, this Oldham County resident boosted her self-esteem and gained confidence that will stick with her a lifetime.

Mrs. Kentucky Christy Stucker

Photo provided

Mrs. Kentucky
Christy Stucker’s
2009 reign will
promote her
charitable foundation
Fitness for the Family.

“I always wanted to be in a pageant,” said Daup, 24. After marrying her husband Jeff, she realized she could no longer enter the Miss Kentucky pageant and chose to enter the Mrs. Kentucky pageant instead.
In February 2009, she chose the title Mrs. Oldham County. Duap was born in Horse Cave, Hart County, Ky. At age 5, her family moved to Bowling Green, Ky. She then moved to Louisville and has resided in Oldham County for the past year and a half.
Such events “opens the door for charity work,” said Daup. Mrs. Kentucky America often aides Dream Works, she said.
Daup is currently a doctorate student at the University of Louisville in the field of clinical psychology. She works as a full-time, year-round graduate teaching assistant at the university and is also pursuing a master’s degree in Christian counseling.
The Mrs. Kentucky America 2009 pageant “was a great weekend of fun for married women. I made a lot of friends,” said Daup. Later this year she will complete in the Mrs. My Old Kentucky Home pageant in Bardstown.
Fellow contestant Christy Stucker sees her road to winning the Mrs. Kentucky America 2009 pageant as an adventure that has made her a better person. Capturing this title has provided her with opportunities that may never have presented themselves had she never challenged herself to compete.
“I set goals for myself and even though the road may get bumpy and lengthy the mission is clear,” said Stucker. “These values serve me well for pageants and general life circumstances as well.”
Stucker, 32, entered her first pageant in 2004 as Mrs. Kentucky for the Globe pageant system. She was 27 years old and said she needed motivation to get into shape after the birth of her first daughter.
“Pageants challenge me to be my best both physically and mentally. This year I felt it was time to test myself and to continue to evolve in every aspect of my life. Preparing for a pageant is pure fuel to be the best version of yourself,” said Stucker.
The Mrs. Kentucky America 2009 pageant was held on May 23 in Louisville at the Bumhard Theater in The Kentucky Center for the Arts. Stucker currently lives in Lexington, Ky., but has previously lived in Northern Ken-tucky and Louisville. Stucker “has a very unique look that stood out from the rest,” said Jo Ann Peterson, director for Mrs. Kentucky America.

Meagan Daup

Photo provided

Oldham County
resident Meagan
Daup will compete in
My Old Kentucky
Home pageant later
in the year.

Holding the title Mrs. Kentucky allows the winner to compete in the Mrs. America Pageant, the only nationally televised Mrs. Pageant in the country, said Peterson. The winner of Mrs. America will then travel to Vietnam in November to compete for the title of Mrs. World.
Echoing Daup, Peterson said Mrs. Kentucky “is also given the opportunity to work with many charitable organizations throughout the year by making appearances, speaking and raising awareness of the organizations’ cause.” Since the contestants are married and most have families, the amount of appearances they complete is up to them. They usually make 40 to 50 appearances a year.
Along with her husband, Cory, Stucker has begun a charitable foundation, Fitness for the Family, which encourages active lifestyles for families.
“I believe parents are the best possible role models for healthy habits for their children and should take advantage of putting positive choices into motion.”
Fitness for the Family encourages exercise opportunities such as signing up an entire family for a 3K Walk for charity, riding bikes to an outing, taking the stairs instead of an elevator, and similar activities. “Parents and families today set the course for future generations’ fitness,” said Stucker.
She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, monthly columnist for The Hamburg Journal, owns and operates Woodhill Jazzercise Center in Lexington, and is a former Mrs. U.USA Globe (2005). Stucker will go on to compete at the Mrs. America Pageant in Southern California in fall 2009. She will reign as Mrs. Kentucky America until May 2010, traveling throughout the state and other venues to support the Mrs. Kentucky pageant.

• For more information, visit: www.MrsKentucky.net.

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