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Possible future Miss America to be in FBI? Not Gracie Lou, it’s Katie from Cynthiana


Northern Kentucky University junior Katie Himes will participate in the Miss Kentucky Pageant in July in Lexington at Singletary Center for the Arts. (Photo by Tim Sofranko)

Northern Kentucky University junior Katie Himes will participate in the Miss Kentucky Pageant in July in Lexington at Singletary Center for the Arts. (Photo by Tim Sofranko)

 
By Ryan Clark
Special to KyForward
 
They call her Miss Congeniality – but I wouldn’t if I were you.
 
But, as Katie Himes says, the parallels are uncanny.
 
“You’d be surprised how often I get that,” she says. “Just call me Gracie Lou.”
 
It’s a reference to the Sandra Bullock character in the movie Miss Congeniality, and it’s appropriate because, like Bullock’s Gracie Lou, Katie is a pageant girl. She’s been one all her life, and a very successful one, by the way. But she also wanted to be in the FBI, so the Northern Kentucky University junior majors in criminal justice.
 
“I chose criminal justice because I love how it is an ever-changing field and one that you can continue to learn more and more about,” says the 21-year-old from Cynthiana. “It’s interesting to see all of the different types of crimes and how each circumstance is different. It’s certainly a field that will never get boring.”
 
That’s right. She’s a butt-kicking, law-abiding pageant winner – most recently when she won the 2014 Miss Thoroughbred Country in February. That sets her up for the Miss Kentucky America Pageant, which is a preliminary to the Miss America pageant – and that’s her ultimate goal.
 
She’s no long shot, either. She’s been competing since age 8. In 2010, she was Miss Teen America, and she’s held various other titles such as Miss Kentucky Teen America, Miss Kentucky Collegiate, Miss Ohio Collegiate and Miss Kentucky Preliminary.
 
But it’s not all about pageants for Himes. At NKU, she’s a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority, Golden Key Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Psi Chi Honor Society. She’s the president and founder of Bully Bashers LLC, an anti-bullying campaign, and she loves to sing and tap dance.
 
“I have really enjoyed the college experience at NKU,” she says. “Being a Kappa Delta has been a blessing because I have had the continued support of my sisters for everything I do with pageantry and especially my anti-bullying campaign, Bully Bashers. I have also been blessed to be involved in a very interesting major. My professors have been wonderful and all of my classes have been super interesting.”
 
There’s no doubt that in future pageants her NKU family will be watching.
 
‪”I just can’t thank NKU enough for the continued support that I have received,” she says. “It’s amazing to know that I have the support of NKU on my journey to Miss Kentucky and I hope to make everyone proud.”
 
The Miss Kentucky pageant will be held July 10-12 at the Singletary Center for the Arts at the University of Kentucky. For more information, visit Miss Kentucky Pageant.
 

Ryan Clark works in web marketing and communications at Northern Kentucky University, for which he wrote this story.


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