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Jasper News

June 20, 2007

Kylie Williams seeks Miss Florida crown

She’s at it again. Kylie Williams, of Jasper, will vie for the Miss Florida title for a fifth time next week.

Williams is the daughter of Charles and Barbara Williams of Jasper, the granddaughter of Dorothy Nell Williams of Live Oak and the granddaughter of John and Jane Deas of Lake City. Williams attended Westwood Christian School in Live Oak and Hamilton High School where she was valedictorian in her graduating class.

Williams has competed for Miss Florida every year since 2003, and she has come so close to claiming the title. She was the second runner up last year. In 2005 she was the fourth runner up. She was in the top 10 in 2004 and in the top 15 in 2003. This year will be her last year to compete due to age limitations.

“I am ready more than ever to take the Miss Florida title,” said Williams. “I have practiced, practiced, practiced. I’m ready to play ball.”

Practice for her is not just about defining her style or refining her talent. She must be ready for the judges to pop the big questions.

Her mother, Barbara, said the most challenging aspect of the pageant is the interview where contestants are asked about anything from politics to religion.

“She has to watch the news everyday” to be current on hard news and other issues, her mother said. “Like with Paris Hilton she was in jail one day and out the next.”

Williams will leave Saturday for St. Petersburg where she’ll spend a week participating in the pageant and conducting speaking engagements.

Her mother said Williams has done well and learned a lot.

“It’s not so much about the crown but the experience,” she said.

Williams, 23, is the reigning Miss Tallahassee. She has made more than 70 appearances this year singing the National Anthem at ball games, making appearances at support our troops events and doing numerous speaking engagements.

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