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Miss North Carolina is 2003 Sun Valley graduate

Summer legislative intern Kelly Hook, a 2007 Parkwood High School graduate; at left; Miss North Carolina 2009 Katherine Southard, a 2003 Sun Valley High School graduate; and North Carolina Senator Eddie Goodall take a moment for a quick photo during a recent Raleigh visit by Southard.

A 2003 Sun Valley High School graduate, Katherine Southard, (crowned in June as the 2009 Miss North Carolina) visited Raleigh recently, an opportunity to visit with legislators and another UCPS graduate who is interning there.
   
When Southard dropped by to visit North Carolina Senator Eddie Goodall during a recent trip to Raleigh, she also had an opportunity to meet Kelly Hook, a 2007 Parkwood High School graduate who is serving as a legislative intern in Goodall’s office during her summer break from NC State University. 

“Working at the General Assembly has been an irreplaceable learning experience and I highly recommend the internship program, although you'll be hard pressed to work under a better Senator than Eddie Goodall,” Hook said. “Through working at the General Assembly, I learned that there are both good and bad sides of North Carolina politics but through working with Senator Goodall, I learned how to differentiate between the two.”
   
Hook and Southard had more than Union County to talk about; both are still in college. Southard is currently working on her master’s degree in business at UNC-Charlotte. Her focus will be in Real Estate.

After college Hook plans to attend graduate school. “Although I'm not positive the direction I will head after that, I am positive that I will make a significant impact on our world through helping to create a generation who is conscious of sustainability, fair politics and globalization.”
   
Southard will now go on to represent the Tar Heel State in the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas in January of 2010. Southard wowed the judges with her ballet, quite a feat considering her battle with Scoliosis, (an abnormal curvature of the spine, which can lead to back problems and be painful in severe cases).
   
"I found out I had scoliosis when I was young,” she said during a recent interview with News 14 Carolina. “I ended up having to wear a brace for a couple years. Then I had to have surgery two years ago, so I have rods in my vertebrae. It looks like a little ladder along my spine.”
   
Southard said other than her inability to arch her back; the rods cause her no major problems or discomfort when she dances. Scoliosis has become her platform, and she said she looks forward to talking to young girls who may also have this condition.
     
As the 2009 Miss North Carolina, Southard will represent the Scoliosis: Ahead of the Curve Foundation.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Aug 14, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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