PHELPS, Ky. – “Miss Kentucky” Clark Davis had a tough time in school. She was dyslexic, so she found it harder than her classmates to make it through school. At the invitation of Rochelle Mayhorn, Youth Services Center Director at Phelps High School, Davis shared her story with students at the school recently.
Using her Miss Kentucky Status, Davis taught the students about the meaning of the four points of her silver crown: Style, Scholarship, Service and Success. She spoke to the students about Dyslexia, her struggles with the learning disability and her perseverance and determination to attain her goals to get where she is today.
Davis stressed the importance of self-esteem, of healthy eating and daily exercise. She encouraged students to make a positive difference in the world by showing kindness and to help others.
Miss Kentucky sang a chorus of the song “Summertime” in Latin and English and the students at Phelps taught her a dance.
She also admitted to being a big fan of University of Kentucky basketball.
On January 10, 2015, in a pageant held at Lexington Christian Academy, Davis was crowned Miss Horse Capital of the World 2015. With that title, she entered the Miss Kentucky pageant in July 2015 as one of 31 qualifiers for the state title. Competing at the Singletary Center for the Arts on the University of Kentucky campus, Davis sang “Summertime” from the opera Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin in the talent portion of the program. Her public service platform is increasing public awareness of dyslexia, a learning disability that Davis has worked to overcome since childhood.
Davis won the competition on Saturday, July 4, 2015, when she received her crown from outgoing Miss Kentucky titleholder Ramsey Carpenter. She earned more than $15,000 in scholarship money and other prizes from the state pageant. As Miss Kentucky, Davis’ activities include public appearances across the state of Kentucky. Davis will be Kentucky’s representative at the Miss America 2016 pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September 2015.
She has been traveling with her grandmother Lynn Clark, who, at one time, taught school in Pike County.