As a child, Katie Himes wanted to be a princess.
As parents, Bobby and Cathy Himes made sure Katie was involved in a variety of activities, from karate to gymnastics to cheerleading to pageants.
“It’s what I love to do,” Katie, now 16 years old and a junior at Harrison County High School, said last Monday evening at her home in Cynthiana. “Ever since my very first pageant, it’s been a passion of mine.”
Katie was six when she first competed in the Little Miss Harrison County pageant.
“It was bad,” she said, laughing.
“She’s always struggled with being painfully shy,” Cathy said.
But today, a day before she leaves to compete in the Miss Teen America pageant in Windsor Locks, Conn., Katie said she isn’t nervous.
“It’s what I enjoy doing,” she said.
The national competition begins Friday with a meet and greet for all the contestants, followed by rehearsals and an awards banquet on Saturday.
But it’s Sunday, Katie said, that’s the big day.
No matter what happens at nationals, Katie said there will be a celebration when she gets home.
She turns 17 on Dec. 8.
For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.