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Porter selected to represent MSU at Mountain Laurel Festival

Alison Porter, a junior from Oil Springs, will represent Morehead State University at the 2019 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival in Pineville.  

The daughter of James Porter and Alisa Cyrus, she is pursuing a degree in veterinary sciences with a minor in biology. 

Porter is an active member in MSU’s Student Government Association, serving as a senator. She is also a tutor on campus, meeting with students nearly every day to ensure they are reaching their academic goals. While in high school, she was crowned Miss Apple Blossom in her hometown’s annual pageant competition.  

“It means so much to me to be selected as the MSU representative at the Mountain Laurel Festival. The long line of candidates who have come before me are women I look up to and respect highly,” said Porter. “I can only hope I live up to their name and I am excited for the opportunity.” 

The 89th Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival will be held Thursday, May 23, through Sunday, May 26. The program began in 1931. Each university in the Commonwealth is invited to send a representative to the annual festival. 

In 2003, Jamie Nicole Blair (03) of Oil Springs won the crown as she represented MSU. Other MSU winners included Sharon Lue Goldsberry (75) and Kelly Michele Holdren (82). 

Additional information about the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival is available by calling 606-337-6103 or online at