Local girl hits ABC show

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By Susan Sharp

Campbell County has a reason to gather around the television on Monday night.

Ella Nolan, a 1998 graduate of Campbell County High School and LaFollette native, is competing to win the man of dreams on ABC’s reality series The Bachelor.

On Monday night, Nolan was among the first of the 25 hopefuls to emerge from a limousine to meet Jake Pavelka, this season’s sweetheart. Pavelka is a 31- year -old Texan who makes his living as an airline pilot.

As Nolan introduced herself Pavelka was quick to comment on her Southern accent saying he “loved it.” She then asked him how it felt to talking to his future wife.

By the end of the evening, Nolan was not only chosen as one of the 15 women to stay and compete to win Pavelka’s heart, she was the first to get a rose in the iconic rose ceremony that determines who must leave the show.

While many are anxious to learn if Nolan wins her man, her lips are sealed. Per an agreement with ABC television, she and others who appear on the show are not allowed to discuss their experience until they are eliminated.

But family members are excited to share the news that Nolan is on national television.

“It is amazing to see her there,” said Nolan’s sister Tina Gregg. “We are very proud of her and she looks beautiful.”

Gregg said she learned through their mother Nolan had sent a tape to audition for the show but really wasn’t surprised because she has “always been free spirited.”

Even though she knows the outcome of the show, Gregg said she has to stay quiet as well. But she did say that her sister “had given her heart and soul” during the process.

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