Tipton claims local Junior Miss crown for 2009

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By Shannon Brock

Two days after being named Anderson County's Junior Miss 2009, Singrid Tipton was still in shock.

" 'Participant No. 12, Singrid Tipton' - I keep replaying it in my mind," Tipton said Monday afternoon. "It's almost unfathomable. I was not expecting to win."

Tipton not only won, but nearly swept every category, grabbing fitness, self-expression, and creative and performing arts awards as well.

All of this year's 21 participants were juniors at Anderson County High School.

The girls practiced for five weeks leading up to the main event, which lasted more than four hours at Anderson County Middle School on Saturday night.

"It was an unbelievable experience just to be in that situation," Tipton said. "It was fun and great to be recognized as an intelligent young woman."

Anderson County's Junior Miss is a qualifying round for the national competition. Tipton will represent Anderson County at the next round - the state level - in January.

The Junior Miss program places a focus on scholastic achievement, and its winners receive scholarships.

Tipton received a $100 scholarship for each of her three preliminary awards and a $2,500 scholarship for being named the winner. Other scholarships, in varying amounts, from Lindsey Wilson College, Midway College, Campbellsville University, Union College, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Georgetown College, University of the Cumberlands and St. Catherine College are also available to Tipton should she choose to attend one of those schools.

Tipton said she is considering using her scholarship to Georgetown College to take all of her basic courses, then transferring to Centre College to become a pulmonary perfusionist - someone who helps control circulation during a heart bypass surgery.

"You kind of get to be somebody's heart," Tipton said.

Each girl was judged in five categories: a panel evaluation, which was 25 percent of the total score; scholastic achievement, 20 percent; creative and performing arts, 25 percent; fitness, 15 percent; and self-expression, 15 percent.

Tipton said the creative and performing arts, or the talent, portion of the competition was the hardest.

"During all the other routines, you're onstage with more than one person," she said. "During the talent, you're alone. It definitely took a lot of confidence, but I just had as much fun as I could."

She performed a jazz dance routine to "Knock on Wood."

Tipton said her favorite part of the program was getting the chance to hang out with the other 20 girls.

"I just loved them," she said. "They're so supportive. We had a great time, and I'll never forget it."

Tipton said she was also thankful for the program coordinators and last year's winner, Molly Kays, who were helpful and supportive as well.

The complete list of winners is as follows:

Anderson County 2009 Junior Miss - Singrid Tipton

First runner-up - Delana Hendrix

Second runner-up - Katelyn Shouse

Third runner-up - Anna Sundean

Scarlett Miller Spirit Award - Meghan Austin

Overall scholastic achievement - Brittany Warford

Scholastic achievement runner - Katelyn Shouse

Fitness - Singrid Tipton and Delana Hendrix

Self-expression - Singrid Tipton and Meghan Austin

Creative and performing arts - Singrid Tipton, Courtney Welsh and Rachel Hettinger