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Hall is ‘03 Ky. American Pre-Teen Talent Queen
by Lilly Adkins





Ashley Dawn Hall (click for larger version)
PAINTSVILLE — A 12-year-old Johnson County girl earned the title of 2003 Kentucky American Pre-Teen Talent Queen when she competed at the Miss American Co-ed Pageant held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville on July 4.

Ashley Dawn Hall has been taking voice lessons and piano lessons for about a year, according to her mother, Terina Caudill, and has never competed before. She qualified by placing as a top finalist following her rendition of “How Great Thou Art.”

Hall also placed third in the spokesmodel competition with “Stand Up For America.” Hall is a former student of Highland Elementary, and some of her former teachers at the school assisted in the composition of the speech.

Hall continued to excel by bringing home the Spirit of America trophy and was a state finalist in the sportswear competition, placing 4th in the photogenic competition.

Hall will represent Kentucky in the national pageant at Disney World in November in Florida, where she will compete for the national title and more than $25,000 in cash awards, prizes and scholarships.

“She sings at revivals and likes all kinds of music,” Terina Caudill said. “She sings classical, country, religious and can sing in French, Italian and she’s learning Spanish. She sang ‘My Heart Will Go On’ in French and she wants to be an opera singer. She opened during the Johnson County Flag Day and she sang at the Relay For Life in Martin County. Just last weekend she met Ricky Skaggs and will probably start getting interested in bluegrass.”

Caudill said her daughter also auditioned for Star Search when it came to Lexington.

“She was asked to come back and sing a second song and got nervous,” Caudill said. “She said it was a great experience and she plans on trying out again when they are close enough to us that she can go and try out.”

Caudill said her daughter also had other interests and in 2002 was the Johnson County 4-H art winner and was a straight A student.

“She played basketball with the Highland Elementary Wildcats last year,” Caudill said. “This is all so new to us and I really don’t know where this will lead nor what direction I should take.”

At the age of 10, Hall was baptized by Garmon Preece, who at the time was the pastor of the West Van Lear Missionary Baptist Church and is now sheriff of Martin County.

Hall’s father, Chris Caudill, replaced Preece as the pastor of the church.

Hall is the granddaughter of Delmar and Sue Hall, and Paul and Mary Caudill, and the great-granddaughter of Eunice V. Hall.

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