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
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
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
More ... 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.