PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Students at Christ Central Training School and Academy in Pikeville were visited by a local celebrity.
Jessica Casebolt, this year's Miss Kentucky, made the unscheduled stop Thursday morning.
Casebolt spent time answering questions from students, who were happy to see the pageant winner.
She visited several schools in Pike County, giving back to the community she's always called home.
"I could not have picked a better place to live and to grow up. I've lived in Pikeville all my life, and this community has been instrumental in my success as Miss Kentucky," said Casebolt.
Casebolt will be travelling to Las Vegas to compete in the Miss America Pageant in January. Along the way, she's sharing an important message.
"Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women in the country, with over 80 percent of those cases being preventable, so I'd really love to get that message out that they need to stop smoking and never pick up a cigarette and they need to to eat healthy and they need to exercise."
Teachers at the school were thrilled that Jessica stopped by. They say they couldn't be happier that she's representing Pike County in the Miss America Pageant.
"It is so exciting that I'm just, I'm overwhelmed. I'm just overwhelmed to know that Vegas is going to have a Pike County lady representing the State of Kentucky," said school administrator Janet Burnette.
Lots of training and exercise stand between Casebolt and the Miss America Pageant, and she says she's keeping her eyes on the prize.
"What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, except we're hoping to bring that crown back to Kentucky," said Casebolt.
She says she's thankful for people across the mountains, who have supported her all the way.
Casebolt will serve as the grand marshal of Pikeville Independent High School's homecoming parade Friday at 4 p.m.