The Miss Georgia 2009 is over

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comJune 27, 2009 

11:19 p.m. It's over for another year. Congratulations to all.

11:13 p.m. Kristina Higgins, Miss Capital City, is crowned the 2009 Miss Georgia. She receives a $15,000 scholarship.

First runner-up is Miss Cobb County Emily Cook, and receives $7,500. The other runners-up are Miss University of Georgia Briana Jewett, $5,000; Miss Golden Isles Courtney Herndon, $3,000 and Miss Southern Heartland Laura Stone, $2,500.

The other five Top 10 finalists each receive a $1,000 scholarship and the other five Top 15 finalists each receive a $500 scholarship

11:04 p.m. 1,166 people are watching WRBL-TV 3's live feed.

Chasity Hardman's videotaped segment saying good-bye is shown, just before the new Miss Georgia is crowned.

10:56 p.m. The Top 5 contestants are interviewed on stage by Tammy Terry of WRBL-TV 3.

10:52 p.m. Featured singer David Williams sings "You Raise Me Up."

10:40 p.m. Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2008 Hilary Pulos gets a standing ovation.

The Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen is Miss Cobb County Brianna Godshalk, 16, who gets a $1,500 scholarship.

The runners up are Colby Dee Coskery, Miss Capital City, $750; Maggie Bridges, Miss Southern Rivers, $500; Cammie Cunningham, Miss Warner Robins, $350; Sara Whetsell, Miss Albany, $250.

The other five finalists each receive $100 scholarships.

The Overall Talent winner is Miss Cobb County Brianna Godshalk, Overall Evening Wear is Miss Cobb County Brianna Godshalk, the Overall Fitness winner is Miss Capital City Colby Dee Coskery and the Overall Interview winner is Miss Golden Isles Colleen Stafford. Each winner gets a scholarship. Talent winner gets $350, the evening wear and fitness winners get $250 each and interview winner gets $300.

10:35 p.m. Miss Georgia 2008 Chasity Hardman sings "Home" from "The Wiz" to a standing ovation.

Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2008 Hilary Pulos says good-bye in a filmed segment.

10:29 p.m. April has changed into yet another beautiful gown. This one's a strapless, light gold gown embellished with sequins.

The Top 5 contestants are anounced. They are Miss University of Georgia Briana Jewett, Miss Southern Heartland Laura Stone, Miss Capital City Kristina Higgins, Miss Cobb County Emily Cook Miss Golden Isles Courtney Herndon.

10:22 p.m. The evening wear competition begins.

10:18 p.m. Featured vocalist David Williams sings "Fever" as the 35 Miss Georgia contestants come on stage.

10 p.m. Former Miss Georgias in the house are introduced. There are nine in the house tonight, including April.

Before the competition begins, Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2008 Hilary Pulos dances to "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables."

The question-and-answer session/evening wear competition begins at 10:10 p.m.

9:38 p.m. Before the 10 Miss Georgia 2009 contestants begin the talent competition, April Brinson Slaughenhoup tells a funny story about her young daughter's first beauty pageant. She said when her daughter, Evie, didn't win, she was crying. And April told her that she can't win all the time. Evie said, "But you always win everything." April told her, "No, baby, Mommy went to Miss America and she was robbed."

There are five vocalists, a pianist, oboeist, two dancers and a clogger performing tonight.

9:30 p.m. Intermission is over.

Ed Peterson from the Miss America Organization gives a plaque to Mansfield "Snooky" Bias, president of the Miss Georgia Organization.

The Princesses are on stage. Jessica Nicole Roberts is blowing double kisses.

9:12 p.m. Intermission begins.

9:08 p.m. The Top Ten Miss Georgia 2009 contestants are Miss Southern Heartland Laura Stone, Miss Southern Empire Christina McCauley, Miss University of Georgia Briana Jewett, Miss Southeast Georgia Carly Floyd, Miss Historic Southern Plains Jessica Scott, Miss Atlanta Rachel Evans, Miss Shorter College Jenica Reed, Miss Cobb County Emily Cook, Miss Golden Isles Courtney Herndon and Miss Capital City Kristina Higgins.

8:52 p.m. The talent event is done. The teens' fitness competition gets ready to start.

Hosts April Brinson Slaughenhoup and Michael Ruddell are making ackowledgements of sponsors, field directors, Century Club members and franchise owners.

April pays tribute to Floreida Harrell, who was a chaperone for Miss Georgia winners for years.

Kim Rozycki reads a long list of people who won the bids on silent auction items.

April sings "Shine it On," flanked by co-host Michael Ruddell and featured singer David Williams. The Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen semi-finalists come out for the fitness competition. As in previous nights, the girls are in black skorts with form-fitting tops and tennis shoes.

8:28 p.m. The talent competition begins for Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen. Half of the contestants dance, four sing and one plays violin.

8:20 p.m. Miss Georgia 2008 Chasity Hardman sings "Womanizer" as the 15 semi-finalists come out in their swimsuits.

Each contestant has a wrap around their hips that they hand to one of the two body builders on the stage. Each has taped a comment that they walk out on the stage.

8:14 p.m. The judges, Miss America 1977 Dorothy Benham, Mia Seminoff Davis, Robert Dothard, Chad Lemon and Columbus State University's Meri Robinson are introduced. They videotaped their own introductions.

The hosts also introduce the auditors.

8:12 p.m. The non-finalist awards go to Miss Lake Lanier Amanda Erwin, Miss Gwinnett County Jessica Black and Miss Savannah River Laura Lyn McLeod in the interviews. The talent winners who did not make the finals are Miss Presidential Pathways Courtney Piedrahita, Miss Irish Capital Brittney Griffith and Miss West Georgia Melissa Eldridge. They each win $500 scholarships.

8:03 p.m. Hosts April Brinson Slaughenhoup and Michael Ruddell are brought in by one of the drummers. April's dress is stunning.

The Top 10 Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen semi-finalists are Miss Warner Robins Cammie Cunningham, Miss Southern Empire Madison Brett, Miss Capital City Colby Dee Coskery, Miss Rome Anna Gilbert, Miss Irish Capital Rachel Grimsley, Miss Golden Isles Colleen Stafford, Miss Southern Rivers Maggie Bridges, Miss Cobb County Brianna Godshalk, Miss Albany Sara Whetsell and Miss Satilla Jaicee Brewton.

The Top 15 Miss Georgia semi-finalists are Miss Southern Heartland Laura Stone, Miss University of Georgia Briana Jewett, Miss Altamaha LaKea Burrison, Miss Historic Southern Plains Jessica Scott, Miss Cherokee County Casey Walker, Miss Atlanta Rachel Evans, Miss Spirit of Georgia Abby Killough, Miss Golden Isles Courtney Herndon, Miss Cobb County Emily Cook, Miss Capital City Kristina Higgins, Miss Shorter College Jenica Reed, Miss Southeast Georgia Carly Floyd, Miss Southern Empire Christina McCauley, Miss Fulton County Rhonda Allen and Miss Rome Ashley Grant.

7:54 p.m. The rest of the Northside drumline lead the Miss Georgia 2009 contestants down the aisles to the stage. Each introduce herself.

7:49 p.m. Three of the Northside High School drumline are accompanying the Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen contestants. The audience goes crazy as each teen is introduced.

7:45 p.m. Here's a recap from the past three evenings:

The preliminary winners for Miss Georgia 2009 are Miss Capital City Kristina Higgins, swimsuit and talent; Miss University of Georgia Briana Jewett, evening wear; Miss Southeast Georgia Carly Floyd, talent; Miss Fulton County Rhonda Allen, swimsuit; Miss Cobb County Emily Cook, talent; Miss Southern Empire Christina McCauley, swimsuit; Miss Georgia State University, Kristen Little, evening wear.

The preliminary winners for Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2099 are Miss Wayne County Adeline Kenerly, fitness; Miss Atlanta Sara Diggins, evening wear and fitness; Miss Capital City Colby Dee Coskery, fitness and evening wear; Miss Southern Empire Madison Brett, talent; Miss Cobb County Brianna Godshalk, evening wear and talent; Miss Albany Sara Whetsell, talent.

7:42 p.m. Judge Dorothy Benham, who was Miss America 1977, is singing "America the Beautiful." Apparently, it's taking the place of the National Anthem.

7:33 p.m. We're already late. Let's get the show started.

7:29 p.m. The audience is slowly making its way into their seats.

Several of the young women in the audience are wearing their crowns. The judges have made their way to their seats. The auditors are here.

The audience is much more dressed up tonight than the past three nights.

The finals of the Miss Georgia 2009 and Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2009 are tonight. Tickets are still available for $75 in the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts box office.

You still have about 12 minutes to get down to the Bill Heard Theatre.

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