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Kidwell reflects on year as Miss Nelson County

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Torch passed to Lauren Miles as 2018 title holder

While county and state pageants feature a lot of glamour, participants are often expected to be contributing and caring members of their community, and their volunteerism is often showcased. On Monday, prior to crowning the 2018 Miss Nelson County — Lauren Miles — at the opening night of the Nelson County Fair, the 2017 title holder shared her experience in community service over the last year.

“I feel so blessed to be here tonight to pass on something that has made such a positive impact in my life to another young lady who will deserve such a special title,” said Carsyn Kidwell, 2017’s Miss Nelson County.

Kidwell said receiving the title last year has helped her build confidence in herself.

“This past year has been nothing but amazing,” she said, later adding “Throughout this past year, I have found a drive for service and giving back to others.”

She said she has given back through her sorority and Greek life at the University of Louisville by participating in philanthropic events. She has also served as an assistant to a community service director and has become involved on campus with other charitable efforts. Locally, Kidwell has been working the last year with Participation Station, a drop-in center created in partnership with Communicare and the National Alliance on Mental Illness for those working toward mental health.