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LWC Graduate Represents College at Historic Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival

Posted on Saturday, May 24, 2014 [6:45 PM]

PINEVILLE, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College graduate Sabrina Alison Tom has had an eventful May.

Two weeks ago, May 10, the Hazard, Ky., resident graduated from LWC with a bachelor of science degree in biology and a chemistry minor, cum laude.

Then on Saturday, May 24, she represented her alma mater at the 2014 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival.

Tom was one of 19 women who represented their Kentucky college or university May 22-25 at the 84-year-old festival. Tom and 17 other representatives were members of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival queen's court. Hannah Elizabeth Isaacs of Somerset Community College was crowned Saturday the 2014 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival queen.

Tom plans to prepare for the Medical College Admission Test this summer, and then plans to pursue a career in the medical profession.

The Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival is one of Kentucky's oldest festivals, second to the Kentucky Derby. Founded in 1931, the festival has been held every year in Pineville -- except during the war years of 1942-47 -- a city of 2,000 in the Appalachian foothills in Bell County.

The festival was started to honor 18th-century pioneer explorer Dr. Thomas Walker, an Englishman who led one of the first European expeditions through the Cumberland Gap.

The festival's highlight is the queen's coronation, held Saturday afternoon at Laurel Cove Amphitheater in Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Kentucky's oldest state park. Traditionally, Kentucky's governor crowns the queen with a garland made from the region's native mountain laurel.

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Click here to see more pictures of Tom in the  Kentucky Mountain Laurel Fetival.
Click here to see Tom perform an original curtsy at the queen's coronation ceremony.

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