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Jackie Luttrell-Greenwalt, the reigning Mrs. Kentucky 2016, spoke to students of Southcentral Kentucky Mrs Kentucky 2016 speakingCommunity and Technical College (SKYCTC) on Tuesday, October 25th sharing her experiences as Mrs. Kentucky and challenging the students to develop a Spirit of Excellence in preparation for their future.

Jackie calls Edmonson County home, where she grew up on her parents cattle farm learning the values of hard work, humility and what Help Thy Neighbor really meant. Jackie is a self-proclaimed tomboy, who at the age of 13 was literally taken out of the barn yard, cleaned up and put on a pageant stage at the county fair. She was hooked on pageantry from that moment, and that passion has led Jackie to pursuing her dream of representing her beloved state on a national stage.

Following her meeting with SKYCTC students, Jackie also met with Chamber Athena Award winners and approximately 50 middle school girls who the Athena Award recipients are mentoring, for a luncheon discussing the importance of preparing for their future by the choices they make in their lives today.

Mrs Kentucky 2016 standing with middle school girls

Always keep in mind that the things you post on social media and the friends you hang around today will affect your success in years to come, Jackie said. She urged the young ladies to get rid of the negative influences in their lives from people who are discouraging the hopes and dreams of their tomorrows.