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Mattingly wins preliminary fitness award at Distinguished Young Women National Finals

By Stevie Lowery

Christine Mattingly is taking a much-needed vacation.

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After spending two weeks in Mobile, Ala., preparing for and competing in the Distinguished Young Women National Finals, she's relaxing on the beach. However, many Marion Countians are still abuzz about her recent performance on the national stage.

According to Bernadette O'Daniel and Mary Anne Blair, both members of the Marion County Junior Miss Committee, Mattingly exceeded everyone's expectations.

"We've told Christine 'good luck' and 'congratulations' on the local level, the state level and the national level. Now we just need to say, 'Thank you, Christine,'" O'Daniel said. "She represented Marion County and Kentucky in a manner that was beyond expectation."

Mattingly is only the second Marion County Junior Miss to make it to the national level, and the support she received from her hometown was over the top.

According to O'Daniel, the Mobile Press-Register reported that Mattingly's supporters were only surpassed by the number of volunteers at the competition and the number of Krispy Kreme donuts eaten by the participants.

"Those are pretty good numbers," O'Daniel said. "And she was very appreciative of that support."

Mattingly was one of five young women, out of 50 who competed, to win a physical fitness award, which included a $1,000 cash scholarship.

Tennessee's Katye Brock was named the 2011 Distinguished Young Woman.

Buddy Hoskinson, chairman of the Kentucky Junior Miss, said he is extremely proud of how well Mattingly represented the state.

"Her dedication and commitment shined through on that stage in Mobile," he said. "The love and support was truly noted by all in Mobile. They knew that Kentucky was in the house!"

Unfortunately, the competition wasn't aired on television, but it was aired live on the Internet. However, according to Mattingly's aunt, Norine Masterson, she had a special broadcast of the competition on her television.

"She won on my TV," she said.

See next week's edition of the Enterprise for an interview with Christine Mattingly.