Miss Kentucky Speaks to Barren Co. High School Students

Matney speaks to the 2019 class Tuesday morning.

This past Tuesday, Molly Matney, better known as Miss Kentucky to some, visited Barren County High School to speak to the junior class regarding her story of successes.

In 2008, Miss Kentucky visited Matney’s alma mater, Metcalfe County High School. She said that her life was changed, before Matney struggled with being bullied and her degradation to her confidence, but afterward she developed a goal: to compete and win in pageants like Miss Kentucky.
Matney struggled to win county pageants around the Bluegrass, but through the 2017 Miss Kentucky preliminaries she received her ticket for Miss Kentucky despite coming in “dead last” during previous preliminaries.
Sophomore Lilly Shipley stands with

Miss Kentucky.
The week of the competition for the crown of Kentucky, Matney stayed in the Miss Kentucky house, reserved to competitors in the pageant. Her confidence was low, and she kept crying to go home because she felt she had no chance after comparing herself to the other girls. However, on the last day of the competition she woke up feeling like a different person and gained the confidence she once had had.
Through hard work, preparation, and fighting through her low self esteem, Matney was crowned Miss Kentucky 2017. She tells her story in hopes that students know that if they work hard and are persistent, they can achieve even their wildest dreams.
As Miss Kentucky, Matney competed for in the Miss USA competition and mentioned that it was a great experience, having met some of her closest friends at the competition.
Matney is currently 21 and studies at Western Kentucky University hoping to obtain a major in Agricultural Business. She explains that she has also been able to gain experience through the Miss Kentucky program, including an internship with the Kentucky Department Of Agriculture.
Matney says that in order to be a good candidate for Miss Kentucky, one must exercise, practice their talent, volunteer, fundraise, and to practice good interview skills. Matney demonstrated a her talent before the class; yodeling. Any female can compete in the competition in the 17 to 25 year old age range.
Contributors: Lillian Barry and Madison High