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'I walked in wanting to do my best...' | WHAS11's Elle Smith wins Miss Kentucky USA

Elle covers the southern Indiana beat and she bested 45 other candidates during the competition held Saturday night in Somerset.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A big congratulations goes out to WHAS11’s own Elle Smith.

Smith was named Miss Kentucky USA, besting 45 other candidates during the 67th competition Saturday night at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

She represented Germantown in the competition.

After the two-day event which included an interview, swimsuit and evening gown contests and an on-stage question, Smith told WHAS11's Shay McAlister it has been a whirlwind of emotions. 

"Its just so many different emotions but the whole process was amazing. It was my first-ever pageant. I walked in wanting to do my best, I knew I had done everything I possibly could and it just worked out," she said.

Smith, a graduate from the University of Kentucky’s School of Journalism, joined WHAS11 News in October and covers stories throughout southern Indiana.

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She said she will be taking on dual roles -- a full-time reporter and new duties as Miss Kentucky USA.

With her win, she will move on to the national Miss USA pageant that will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Nov. 29.

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