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Webb crowned first Miss ACHS

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By Shannon Brock

One of Megan Webb's favorite quotes is: "The number of times you lose makes you appreciate the times you win."

And she appreciated winning Saturday night.

Webb, a sophomore, was crowned the first Miss Anderson County High School during Saturday's pageant, which took place in the school's auditorium.

"That's an honor in itself," Webb said. "It's not only an honor to be Miss ACHS, but to be the first Miss ACHS."

Webb said a "burning sensation" went through her as she was listening to the master of ceremonies announce the runners-up.

"I was happy for them," Webb said. "They're good girls. But I was waiting for my number to be called."

When it was and she was announced as Miss ACHS 2008, Webb said her friends tell her she stood in place for a while before accepting the crown.

"It didn't feel like that long," she said, with a laugh.

Sophomore Allie White was the first runner-up, sophomore Ashley Lewis was second runner-up and junior Jenna Hoskins was third runner-up.

Webb said the person she looks up to most is Miss Iowa 2008 Abbey Nicole Curren.

"She was the first woman with a disability to compete in the Miss USA pageant," Webb said.

Curren is an important role model for Webb because they share the same disability - cerebral palsy.

According to the website for United Cerebral Palsy (www.ucp.org), cerebral palsy, also referred to as CP, is a term used to describe a group of chronic conditions affecting body movement and muscle coordination.

"Sometimes people underestimate me because of my disability, but I don't want them to think that at all," Webb said.

"I want (the other contestants) to know that I appreciate all their respect. Everyone did a great job. I appreciate their sportsmanship. They could have been rude and mean, but they weren't."

That same kind of respect has shown up in the halls at the high school, too. Webb said she has gotten plenty of congratulations from her classmates.

Even though she's a sophomore, Webb already has her post-graduation plans set.

"I want to go to BCTC or Midway and become an RN, then specialize in pediatrics," she said.

"I know this will sound cheesy, but I say it all the time. In anything I do, I want to inspire young girls with disabilities and let them know they can do anything they want to do."

Counting the baby pageant she was in when she was little - "when I didn't place at all" - Webb said she has been in six pageants, including three National American Miss pageants in Lexington.

She is the National American Miss Kentucky Junior Teen State Ambassador for 2008-09, and as a result is supposed to go to California in November for the national pageant. However, funding issues have gotten in the way, she said.

Webb plans to compete in a seventh pageant Saturday morning as a contestant in the Miss Teen Burgoo pageant, a crown she won last year.

The Miss ACHS pageant was more "down to earth" than other pageants she's been in, Webb said.

"We all knew each other and we're in the same halls every day," she said. "It was a good experience because we got to know each other better."

Webb said to be in a pageant, a contestant has to love everything about it.

"You have to love everything it is," she said. "It's not just a crown. It's an honor.

"I can't do many extracurricular activities. This is my extracurricular activity."