Send-off for Marion County Distinguished Young Woman Hannah Wilson was Jan. 4

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She competes in state program Jan. 11-12

By Stephen Lega

Hannah Wilson has been practicing.
In her living room.
While watching Youtube videos on her computer.
“I’ve been doing the fitness routine, and I’m out of breath,” Wilson said when the Enterprise called her for a phone interview last week.
Wilson’s getting ready to represent Marion County in the 2012 Kentucky Distinguished Young Woman program, which is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington.
The Youtube video was a recent addition. Wilson said in November she and the other participants received a DVD with the routines they need to learn for the opening, fitness and self-expression portions of the program.
A few weeks ago, she said they were notified that the routines had been updated and the new videos had been posted to Youtube.
“They had basically changed all of it,” Wilson said.
So, she’s been hard at work, learning the steps and working up a sweat.
She’s also continued to practice her talent, playing guitar and singing Adele’s “Hiding My Heart.”
Wilson won’t have to practice alone much longer, however. On Jan. 6, she’ll be heading to Lexington, where she will stay with the family of Bobbi Wilson Todd (who is a Marion County native).
Wilson and the other participants will visit the Ronald McDonald House one day to deliver teddy bears and books to the children who are staying there. The rest of the week, they will spend 10 hours a day rehearsing for the program.
Wilson added that Christine Mattingly and Paige Wilson (no relation) have given her good advice about the state program. Mattingly and Paige Wilson won the Marion County Distinguished Young Woman and went on to become the 2011 and 2012 Distinguished Young Women of Kentucky, respectively.
Hannah Wilson said there is a little pressure since Marion County has won the state program two years in a row, but she said everyone has told her the most important thing is to have fun.
“It would be nice to have a three-peat,” she said. “I’ll guess we’ll just have to see how it all pans out.”
If the local program is any indication, Wilson has already proven she is a well-rounded participant. In the Marion County event, she received interview, preliminary scholastic, self-expression and talent awards in addition to the overall title.
She added that Mattingly and Paige Wilson also shared a few tips that only a previous state participant would know about, like bringing a blanket for quick naps between rehearsals.
Hannah Wilson also said she is grateful to be part of the Marion County program. She said people have been very supportive as she is getting ready for state. She added that the local program is great preparation for state.
“I really feel blessed that I’m able to represent Marion County in Lexington,” Wilson said.

Send-off was Jan. 4
Anyone who wants to wish Wilson good luck before she departs for Lexington is welcome to attend a send-off party from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 4 at the old Bradfordsville School Building. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
In Lexington, Wilson will be staying with the family of Bobbi Wilson Todd.  Anyone who wishes to show their support for Wilson can contact her at Hannah Wilson, c/o The Todd Family, 1177 Lakewood Drive, Lexington, KY 40502.

Ticket information
Tickets for the 2012 Kentucky Distinguished Young Woman can be purchased through the Singletary Center for the Arts by calling (859) 257-4929, by stopping by the ticket office, 405 Rose Street in Lexington, or online at http://finearts.uky.edu/singletary-center/.
The preliminary rounds will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. The finals will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.
Package tickets at $75, and tickets for single sessions are $30 each. Ticket prices do not include processing fees.