Franklin a veteran
of pageantry competition
is competing for the
Miss Kentucky title in late July
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (July 2012) For as long as
she can remember, Hayley Franklin has been competing in beauty pageants.
Proving that beauty is not only skin deep, she is also making a difference
in her community.
Franklin, a Carrollton, Ky., native, has been competing in pageants
since she was 5 years old. Her mother, Crystal Franklin, started her
in beauty pageants, but when she was older, I realized what a
great advantage there is to them, she said. I just kept
Crystal Franklin, said, The main reason I started her in pageants
is that my husband and myself are shy, and we wanted her to be able
to speak in public and be outgoing.
says her experiences
have given her
The best part about competing is the friends that
you meet. I enjoy their company, said Franklin, 22.
She will be competing in the Miss Kentucky Pageant on July 12-13 with
the final to be held on July 14 at the Singletary Center for the Arts
on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Ky.
For the 2012 pageant season, she will also compete for the title of
Miss Kentucky County Fair, and will compete for the fifth time in the
Madison Regatta pageant on July 2.
Franklin recently graduated from Northern Kentucky University in May
2012 with a degree in communications. She minored in public relations
and plans to go in a public relations direction with my
career, she said.
She is very, very involved in the community, said her mother.
Its a daily thing with her. She constantly wants to give
back to the community.
Franklins involvement with the community began in high school,
having been part of the student council and Students Against Destructive
Decisions, in addition to many other high school organizations. Once
in college, she continued volunteering.
Franklin has been a commission member and is presently secretary of
the Carrollton Planning and Zoning Commission. She was recommended by
Carrollton Mayor Gene McMurry to serve on the commission, and she may
even run for City Council during the next election.
Some of the organizations Franklin has lent a helping hand to include
the local March of Dimes campaign, Carrollton River Sweep, Disability
Awareness Walk, Special Olympics and the Polar Bear Plunge.
When she enters pageants, Franklins platform is the American Cancer
Society and Relay for Life. She has been involved in the latter for
a really long time, she said. For the last few years she has taken
part in the local Relay for Life project with a team and raised more
than $10,000 so far. Last year alone, $3,000 was raised.
Franklin said she has been involved with a lot of organizations.
She is partial to Relay for Life because she has an aunt who is a breast
cancer survivor and her father is a skin cancer survivor. With her community
involvement and positive attitude, she hopes to show others that you
can be a survivor.
Franklin sits on the Carroll County Fair Board and is coordinator of
the Carroll County Fair pageant. She holds several different titles
across the state: Miss Springtime of Hope, Miss Carroll County 2009
and Miss Leslie County 2011. She is also the Miss Kentucky County Fair
Miss Congeniality out of 91 girls around the state.
If Franklin wins the Miss Kentucky Pageant, she will be eligible to
compete in the Miss America Pageant.
Her mother said, I would love for her to win the Miss Kentucky
Pageant. She has a great shot at wining as much as anybody.
Crystal often travels to pageants with her daughter and helps in her
gown selections and with other pageant duties. I havent
missed one pageant, she said. Im her left-hand man.
Franklin also has a brother who competed in pageants until age 7. But
with boys, its different, her mother said. Her father
and I wish her all the best in the world.
Hayley Franklins Internet webpage
can be found on Facebook by searching Hayley Franklin for Miss
Kentucky 2012 and there you can find a website to vote her into
the top 11 finalists at Miss Kentucky. http://www.misskentuckypageant.com/id70.html.
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