Kelsey Best crowned the 2011 CU Valentine Queen

Kelsey Best crowned the 2011 CU Valentine Queen

Feb. 15, 2011
For Immediate Release

Campbellsville University chooses Kelsey Best as Miss Valentine

 Kelsey Best, left, a sophomore from Harrodsburg, Ky., was crowned the 2011 Valentine Queen at Campbellsville University Friday evening. Jesslyn Long, center, a junior from Stanford, Ky., was first runner-up, and Sarah Houk, a junior from Campbellsville, was named second runner-up.  Best also won the poise and interview awards. Houk won the talent award. (Campbellsville University Photo by Christina Miller)


By Ariana Johnson, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Kelsey Best, a sophomore from Harrodsburg, Ky., has been named the 2011 Miss Valentine Pageant queen at Campbellsville University.

Student Government Association hosted the Miss Valentine Pageant Feb. 11 in Ransdell Chapel on the campus of Campbellsville University. The theme was “At Last” by Etta James.

Jesslyn Long, a junior from Stanford, Ky. representing the Junior Class, was first runner-up, and Sarah Houk, a junior from Campbellsville representing SWITCH social work club, was second runner-up.

     Jesslyn Long interprets "Somewhere Over
    the Rainbow" during the talent competition.
    (Campbellsville University Photo by Katie

Houk was also the winner of the talent competition. She sang “Hopelessly Devoted to You” from the hit 1978 movie Grease.

Best represented Student Government Association. She was the winner of the poise and appearance competition, wearing a light pink dress embroidered with rhinestones, and she also won the interview portion of the competition.

Summer Rines, a sophomore from Louisville representing Stapp Hall, won Miss Congeniality, and Andrew McNeill, a senior from Louisville, Tenn., won best escort.

Other candidates for the pageant were: Jessica Walden, a junior from Burlington, Ky. representing Sigma Zeta, escorted by Lucas Arnold; Jess Harris, a junior from Louisville representing BCM, escorted by her father Tim Harris; Melanie Jones, a sophomore from Albany, Ky. representing the Honors Program, escorted by Matthew Savage; Anita Henestrosa, a sophomore from Switzerland representing PRSSA, escorted by Angel Marquez;

Kim Baker, a senior from Louisville representing KEA-SP, escorted by Andrew McNeill; Chellsey Phillips, a sophomore from Fort Knox, Ky. representing the Village, escorted by Brad Travis; and Sarah Ames, a sophomore from Elizabethtown representing the Art Department, escorted by Michael Chandler.

Long was escorted by Jordan Kelsey, Sarah Houk was escorted by Stephen Houk, Best was escorted by Zachary Myers, and Rines was escorted by Kevin Metzger.

The judges for the evening were Ronald Curry, Susan Stringer and Connie Shuffett.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate programs, 17 master’s degrees and five postgraduate areas. The website for complete information is

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