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Laura Broughton of Pleasureville was crowned the 2015 American Beauties Plus Miss Queen in Atlanta, Ga., at the pageant’s 10th anniversary, according to a news release from pageant organizers. Broughton competed with contestants from across the United States earning top scores in her division during the three-day event. Broughton is a 2005 graduate of Henry County High School where she graduated valedictorian before earning a bachelor of arts in music and Spanish from Transylvania University in 2009. She graduated in May 2016 with a master of public health in health behavior from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and will graduate in May 2017 with her doctor of pharmacy from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Broughton’s platform is Forget-Me-Not: Alzheimer’s Research. During the remainder of her 2015 reign, she hopes to raise awareness for the growing concern of Alzheimer’s nationwide. “I started my platform in 2012 as at the time, both of my maternal grandparents had Alzheimer’s Disease and having to say the ‘long goodbye’ to them was difficult. I started a benefit concert series from the ground up in my hometown called Forget-Me-Not: An Alzheimer’s Benefit Concert that has since raised over $5,000 for Alzheimer’s Research. It’s my hope that someday no one will have to watch someone they love die in spirit and not in body, becoming a shell of the vibrant person they used to be — spending years saying goodbye. And with the baby boomer population beginning to really cross that threshold, we’re only going to see a spike in diagnoses so now is the time to try to make a difference.” Broughton hopes to host a pageant and carnival to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association this fall in Central Kentucky.

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