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    Brittany Brewer tries on her gown for the Owsley County High School prom next to a wood stove in the home where she lives with her grandmother, April 21, 2012 in Booneville, Kentucky. Booneville, population 5,000, struggles with a lack of jobs due to the decline in the coal, tobacco and lumber industries. Still, the town comes together to celebrate the prom.
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    Drucilla Smith, left, has her hair done as she prepares for the Owsley County High School prom in her home with sister Linda Hall and mother Bonnie Smith in Owsley County, April 21, 2012 in Booneville, Kentucky. The 2010 U.S. Census listed Owsley County as having the lowest median household income in the country outside of Puerto Rico, with 41.5 percent of residents below the poverty line.
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  • An Appalachian County's Community Overcome Challenge Of Poverty

    Drucilla Smith, center, has her makeup done as she prepares for the Owsley County High School prom with her sisters, April 21, 2012 in Booneville, Kentucky. Family and community bonds run deep, with a populace that shares a collective historical and cultural legacy uncommon in most parts of the country.
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  • An Appalachian County's Community Overcome Challenge Of Poverty

    Brittany Brewer, left, in her dress for the Owsley County High School prom. She lives her grandmother, Martha Gilbert.
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  • An Appalachian County's Community Overcome Challenge Of Poverty

    Brittany Brewer poses before the Owsley County High School prom in the home where she lives with her grandmother, April 21, 2012 in Booneville, Kentucky.
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  • An Appalachian County's Community Overcome Challenge Of Poverty

    Drucilla Smith, left, gets ready for the Owsley County High School prom in her home with her sister Jennifer Johnson, center, April 21, 2012 in Booneville, Kentucky.
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  • An Appalachian County's Community Overcome Challenge Of Poverty

    Married students Starr Lewis, 2nd right, Travis Lewis and daughter Ariel Lewis, 3 weeks, attend the Owsley County High School prom, April 21, 2012 in Booneville, Kentucky.
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  • An Appalachian County's Community Overcome Challenge Of Poverty

    Drucilla Smith, center, prepares for the Owsley County High School prom in her home with sister Linda Hall, April 21, 2012 in Booneville, Kentucky.
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  • An Appalachian County's Community Overcome Challenge Of Poverty

    Ronnie Duff, Love Faith Duff, Jacob Lucas and Hope Lucas gather on the porch, April 20, 2012 in Booneville, Kentucky.
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  • An Appalachian County's Community Overcome Challenge Of Poverty

    Mose Noble and his nephew Johnny Noble outside Noble's trailer, April 21, 2012 in Owsley, Kentucky. Noble no longer works but volunteers cleaning graveyards. His trailer has no electricity or running water but he receives government assistance. Daniel Boone once camped in Owsley County, which today is populated by descendants of settlers.
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  • An Appalachian County's Community Overcome Challenge Of Poverty

    Owsley County Outreach Center director Cleda Turner chats with a resident in front of a school bus used for donated supplies, April 16, 2012 in Booneville, Kentucky. The center provides services to the underprivileged in the county. It gives backpacks filled with easily-prepared meals to schoolchildren who were found going without meals over weekends.
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  • An Appalachian County's Community Overcome Challenge Of Poverty

    Coty Shouse, left, and his date, Destiny Duff, pose in front of the truck they will take to the Owsley County High School prom, April 21, 2012 in Booneville, Kentucky.
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    The Taylor family before the start of the Owsley County High School prom, April 21, 2012 in Owsley County, Kentucky.
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  • An Appalachian County's Community Overcome Challenge Of Poverty

    Coty Shouse, center, and his date, Destiny Duff. Destiny's father, Ronnie Duff, passes a baby to Coty for a photograph, April 21, 2012 in Booneville, Kentucky.
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    Students enter the Owsley County High School prom as family and community members watch from the bleachers, April 21, 2012 in Booneville, Kentucky.
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  • An Appalachian County's Community Overcome Challenge Of Poverty

    The Owsley County High School gym is used as an entryway for the prom, April 21, 2012 in Booneville, Kentucky.
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