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CCHS grad crowned UT queen

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By James Bolton

A Campbell County native is proving that a small town education can lead to big city excellence.

Courtney Holder, a graduate of Campbell County High School, was crowned the 93rd homecoming queen of the University of Tennessee on Saturday.

But being honored with such a prestigious title at a university with over 25,000 students was not easy.

“It was a process,” said Holder, emphasizing the effort it took. “It's based on campus involvement, as well as your community involvement.”

Holder finished an extensive application before being interviewed by members of the Knoxville community, professors and other staff from UT.

Even after that, Holder still had to compete with the other applicants.

“I knew I was in the top five,” she said. “But I really didn't expect it.”

Holder was humble about her achievement, but she did have a message directed at CCHS students who might be feeling like they are stuck in a small town with little expected of them.

“It's not about where you're from, Holder said, “if you put your mind to it, you can do anything. It's about being determined.”