Chera-Lyn Cook

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Chera-Lyn Cook
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Loveta Cheralyn Cook[1]
(1976-10-07) October 7, 1976 (age 40)[1][2]
London, Kentucky, U.S.
Other names Chera-Lyn Kennedy
Title(s) Miss Kentucky 1998
Miss Lexington 1998
Miss America 1999
Official website

Loveta Cheralyn "Chera-Lyn" Cook (born October 7, 1976) is an American crowned Miss Kentucky 1998,[3] was the first young woman from southeast Kentucky to win the Miss Kentucky title.


Representing the title of Miss Lexington, but claiming London, Kentucky as her hometown, Cook had previously held several titles, including Miss Central Kentucky, Miss Fayette County, Miss Monticello, Miss Southeast Kentucky, National Sweetheart, and National All American Teen. A double preliminary winner at Miss Kentucky, Cook won talent preliminary and placed 4th runner-up to Miss America 1999.


Cook began singing on stage at the age of eight and continued her love of music since then, releasing Blue in 2011. The album is a collection of covers as well as her own originals.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Cook was recognized by the Joint Sessions of the Kentucky Legislature for volunteer work with at-risk youth and was the Kentucky School Psychologist of the Year in 2004. Her platform issue at Miss America, Children's Miracle Network, was later adopted by the Miss America Scholarship Organization as a national platform. She was also a Goodwill Ambassador for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


  1. ^ a b "Kentucky Birth Index, 1911-1999". Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Meet Miss Kentucky 1998". Miss America Organization. Archived from the original on May 3, 1999. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lori Menshouse
Miss Kentucky
Succeeded by
Heather French