Local Homecoming Queen Competing at Nat'l Pageant
By WestKyStar Staff
MAYFIELD, KY - Graves County’s own Tiffani Ellington is representing the state of Kentucky at the America's Homecoming Queen pageant in California this week, where she's showcasing both her inner and outer beauty.
The journey to compete at this national level has been both adventurous and unexpected for Tiffani. After she was crowned Graves County High School’s homecoming queen in September, she received a letter from the foundation offering her the chance to compete at the state level. Many transcripts, applications, and references later, she learned that she was a state finalist.
On April 15, Tiffani competed at the Louisville Crowne Plaza Airport, where she had to write an essay, interview with three judges, do a short on-stage interview, and compete in the formal wear competition.
“I was terrified,” said Ellington. “But I knew that whatever God’s will was would be what was best. I really didn’t think I did well all day. I actually had the girls picked out in my head that I thought would place. When my name was called as the queen I was shocked. I had to be pushed forward by the girl beside me because I didn’t believe I really won!”
Since April, Tiffani has worked to gain more sponsorships from around the community to get ready for the national pageant. She also had to make a video about her life, do community service, write a speech about why people should visit Kentucky and collect over 60 souvenirs to donate to the contestants and the judges in California.
“To say that I’m nervous is an understatement,” said Ellington. “I am trying to remember Jeremiah 29:11 on a daily basis, which says, ‘for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Tiffani is already eligible for a scholarship, simply for being a state winner. However, the amount of the scholarship will be determined by how she places at the national competition. The scholarship is to be used for tuition only.
“I really need the scholarship that will be given at nationals,” said Ellington. “It will be such a big help as I go to college this fall at Campbellsville University. I just pray that whatever I do, I will glorify God while I am there.”