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Grant County girl chosen for Miss Teen America nationals

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Hayley Frances Leach, daughter of Tom and Rebecca Leach of Dry Ridge, has been selected to represent Kentucky as Miss Kentucky Junior Teen at the 2011 Miss Teen America Pageant, to be held in Nashville, Tenn. Jan. 13-16, 2011 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
Over $500,000 in scholarships and awards are given to young women between the ages of 12 and 19, who are active in their schools and communities and who strive to become positive role models to their peers.
Delegates are judged on community service, scholastic achievement, leadership, extracurricular involvement, community interaction, verbal expression in presentation, poise and formal expression in evening wear, modeling and physical fitness and appearance.
During the eight-day event, contestants will also spend some time touring Nashville.
For representing Kentucky, Leach has the opportunity to compete for scholarships and the title of Miss Teen America 2011.
If selected she will also be awarded an array of prizes, including her own column in Teen America Magazine.