The VIPP Report: The reigning Miss America Savvy Shields will be in Louisville as part of the Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant on Friday, May 26th

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(LOUISVILLE, KY) The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization will host a luncheon in conjunction with the Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant (MKYOT) held in Louisville May 26-28 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.  This year’s special guest is the reigning Miss America Savvy Janine Shields.  The 21-year old Arkansas native was crowned Miss America 2017 on September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City.  Savvy is the National Goodwill Ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She’s currently a senior at the University of Arkansas where she’s majoring in Art and has a minor in Business.

The “Meet Miss America Luncheon” will be held on Friday, May 26th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 311 S. 4th Street at 11:30 a.m.  The public is invited to attend the luncheon, meet Miss America 2017 and participate in the autograph and photo opportunities.  Individual tickets are $35 and couple tickets are $60 for the pair.

This year’s Mistress of Ceremony will be Miss America 2000 and Kentucky native Heather French Henry.  Guests will also be serenaded with performances by the reigning Miss Kentucky, Laura Jones and the reigning Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen, Chapel Tinius.

Dr. Ashley D. Anderson, Executive Director, Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program says “The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization is so excited to bring Miss America to Louisville this year. To kick off pageant weekend for the 20th anniversary of our teen program, this luncheon will help show the community what we, as an organization are all about. That is scholarship, style, service and success…impacting the future of Kentucky, one young woman at a time. This is a time where our community needs strong leaders with passion and strong character and that’s what we are all about.”

If you would like to setup an interview with Miss America at the luncheon and/or in-studio interviews with Dr. Anderson please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at

About Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant  The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is an official preliminary of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization.  This program is empowering young women through pageantry to develop leadership skills, confidence and achieve their biggest goals in life. MKYOT is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time! The pageant will be held May 26th-28th in Louisville, KY at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.  For more information, visit



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