Left: Miss Kentucky Clark Davis holding the "Key to the City" of Manchester with Mayor James E. Garrison
Right : Terry Gray Director EKU Manchester Campus, Miss Kentucky Clark Davis and Director Gray's daughter Emma
On Thursday, November 5th Clay County hosted a visit from beauty queen Miss Kentucky 2015, Clark Davis. The City of Manchester rolled out it's famous mountain hospitality as Miss Kentucky was greeted upon arrival with a Manchester Police Department escort to assist her with her first visit at Clay County High School (CCHS).
Mr. Mike Gregory, Principal at CCHS, provided a welcome message and introduction of Miss Kentucky to the student assembly where Clark Davis shared a positive message of hope and inspiration about how she and we can overcome challenges and obstacles to achieve success.
Clark shared her personal story and challenges with Dyslexia which is a reading disability that caused her significant distress in elementary and middle school. She remarked about a special moment in time when she believed that is was her Faith that helped her to understand that even with limitations that she had the intelligence and capability to become successful. Clark worked very hard in high school and earned excellent grades and actually graduated in three years, a year early, and was accepted to the University of Kentucky where she is a Vocal Performance major studying to become an opera singer. At the conclusion of the CCHS visit and prior to serenading the students with an Italian opera performance she met with students and answered questions and posed with dozens of students for pictures.
Miss Kentucky also made at stop at the EKU Manchester Campus where a number local leaders were able to enjoy a visit with Clark. Mr. Terry Gray, Campus Director provided accommodations and hospitality so that students would be able to meet with and talk directly with Miss Kentucky. Clark shared with students her story of overcoming Dyslexia and encouraged them to work hard, study hard, and be themselves and to know that everyone is special in their own way.
Mayor of the City of Manchester, James Ed Garrison, participated in the event and after sharing a welcome to Clark issued her a key to the city. Clark was clearly gratified by the gesture and remarked that she had never been issued a key from any place that she had visited and that she has traveled all across the Commonwealth this year. It was a very special moment for those in attendance as they all beamed with civic pride. Mr. Jack Roberts of the Clay County Cruisers organization helped to provide photo coverage of the event and helped many students get their pictures taken with Miss Kentucky and invited Clark to come back and visit next summer when the car show season begins again. Mrs. Barbara Joe Colter, President of the Manchester-Clay County Chamber of Commerce stated that it was an honor and privilege for the community to host such a special visitor as Miss Kentucky. ClayCoNews liaison Mr. Ron Curry of was instrumental in providing media coverage for this spectacular event for the community as well as The Manchester Enterprise.
The event concluded with Clark signing autographs, taking pictures with attendees and students, and expressing her enjoyment of being able to meet with all the fine people of Manchester and Clay County. It was truly a remarkable day for hundreds of local students as they took to their Facebook pages and posted their great pictures with Miss Kentucky, Clark Davis.
For more photos of students, public figures and visitors at Miss Kentucky's EKU Manchester Campus visit click HERE