Update: Thursday night's finale

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comJune 17, 2010 

Contestants in the 2010 Miss Georgia Pageant are divided into three groups for the preliminary judging, which continued Thursdday night. A win in the talent portion of the judging earns a $500 scholarship. Scholarships of $250 are given for swimsuit and evening wear winners. Thursday's winners were also Wednesday's winners:

Talent: Miss Gwinnett County Kristen Springer, 21, who danced to "O Fortuna" from "Carmina Burana" en pointe.

Swimsuit: Miss Capital City Jamie Kelton, 22

Evening wear: Miss Cobb County Casey Walker, 21

Georgia's Outstanding Teens' preliminary competition winners are Southern Heartland's Outstanding Teen Maggie Bridges, 17, in evening wear, Columbus' Outstanding Teen Julia Martin, 15, in fitness and Troup County's Outstanding Teen Meagan Sharp, 17, in talent. Sharp sang "Ave Maria."

Thursday night's finale included the co-hosts introducing DJ LuCa and UNEEK-EFX.

Here's a recap from the evening:

10:05 p.m.: Miss Cobb County Casey Walker wins evening wear and a $250 scholarship; Miss Gwinnett County Kristen Springer wins talent and a $500 scholarship and Miss Capital City Jamie Kelton wins swimsuit and a $250 scholarship.

Georgia's Outstanding Teens' preliminary competition winners are Columbus State University's Outstanding Teeb Sydnie Cheplick in fitness, Columbus' Outstanding Teen Julia Martin in talent and Capital City's Outstanding Teen Camille Sims in evening wear.

10:04 p.m.: Miss Georgia 2009 Emily Cook plays a Bach piece on piano.

Cook began piano lessons when she was just 4-years-old.

She talks to co-hosts April Brinson Slaughenhoup and Michael Ruddell about the past year. Cook says she loves to play golf and joked that as a retiree, she'll go and play golf as often as she can. And she just bought a new KIA with a Miss Georgia discount.

9:44 p.m.: The former Miss Georgias in the audience are introduced.

The final contestants in the Mu Group compete in talent.

They are Miss Gwinnett County Kristen Springer, 21, dances to "O Fortuna" from "Carmina Burana" en pointe; Miss Fulton County Kierra Gilchrist, 22, does a jazz dance selection; Miss East Georgia College Tiffini Rowland, 19, tap dancing to "Bleeding Love"; Miss Troup County, Jessica Scott, 23, sings "Bridge Over Troubled Water"; Miss Georgia Cotton Lauren Arnold, 23, plays "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on the harp; Miss Golden Isles Carly Floyd, 21, clogs to "Bad" and Miss Greater Columbus Fair Colleen Stafford, 18, tap dances to "Superstition."

9:33 p.m.: The Gamma Group competes in interview. The panelists are Miss Georgia 1970 Nancy Carr Buntin, Miss Georgia 1969 Marilyn Olley Ashmore and retired Col. Roy Plummer, director of JROTC for Muscogee County School District.

They are Miss University of Georgia Laura Lyn McLeod, 21; Miss Southwest Georgia Candace Howard, 20; Miss Central Georgia Fair Morgan Lothridge, 19; Miss Lake Lanier Raven Hall, 20; Miss Southeast Georgia Melissa Eldridge, 23; Miss Emanuel County Madison Brett, 18; Miss Cobb County Casy Walker, 21; Miss Columbus Lauren Edmunds, 21; Miss Rockdale County Fair Mia Jones, 21; Miss Georgia State University Cierra Gilchrist, 21; Miss Rome Briana Jewett, 21; Miss Braselton Courtney Piedrahita, 22, and Miss Northeast Georgia Jessica Olivia Black, 24.

9:16 p.m.: Half of the Mu Group compete in talent.

They are Miss Music City Brittany McCalla, 24, sings "A Song for You"; Miss Wayne County Ashley Voyles, 17, singing "I'm Leaving You for the Last Time"; Miss Augusta Brittany Hill, 21, singing "Home Sweet Home"; Miss Cherokee Rose Michaela Lackey, 20, does a classical ballet en pointe to "Tournament Galoup"; Miss Atlanta Laura Stone, 23, plays Khachaturian's "Toccata" on piano; Miss Spirit of Georgia Brittney Griffith sings "O Mio Babbino Caro" and Miss Georgia Southern University Alexa Turpin, 21, tap dancing to "Footloose."

9:08 p.m.: The Gamma Group competes in evening wear.

They are Miss Laura Lyn McLeod, 21; Miss Southwest Georgia Candace Howard, 20; Miss Central Georgia Fair Morgan Lothridge, 19; Miss Lake Lanier Raven Hall, 20; Miss Southeast Georgia Melissa Eldridge, 23; Miss Emanuel County Madison Brett, 18; Miss Cobb County Casy Walker, 21; Miss Columbus Lauren Edmunds, 21; Miss Rockdale County Fair Mia Jones, 21; Miss Georgia State University Cierra Gilchrist, 21; Miss Rome Briana Jewett, 21; Miss Braselton Courtney Piedrahita, 22, and Miss Northeast Georgia Jessica Black, 24.

The co-hosts, April Brinson Slaughenhoup and Michael Ruddell talk a little about the pageant and the Century Club, the big-time donors.

9:04 p.m.: Intermission ends and the judges are taking their seats and spectators are filing back into the audience.

Miss Georgia 2009 Emily Cook reads a fairy tale to the Princesses.

A group of the princesses, all in white, are introduced by co-hosts April Brinson Slaughenhoup and Michael Ruddell.

8:49 p.m. Time to stretch. It's time for a 15-minute intermission.

8:39 p.m.: The White Group of Georgia's Outstanding Teen each answer a random question.

They are Augusta's Outstanding Teen Leah Rae Via, 16; Fulton County's Outstanding Teen Ma Ruh Williams, 16; Emanuel County's Outstanding Teen Madison Lynn, 14; Southern Heartland's Outstanding Teen Maggie Bridges 17; Rockdale County Fair's Outstanding Teen Haley Watkins, 16; Port City's Outstanding Teen Charlton Locke, 13; Southern Pines' Outstanding Teen Ashlyn Steverson, 16; Forsyth-Lake Lanier's Outstanding Teen Julia West, 15; Historic Southern Plains' Outstanding Teen Caroline Carroll, 14; Southern Rivers' Outstanding Teen Emily smith, 17; Capital City's Outstanding Teen Camille Sims, 17, and Newnan's Outstanding Teen Mandee Bloodworth, 15.

8:35 p.m.: Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2009 Brianna Godshalk performs. She sings, accompanied by DJ LuCa, who plays piano and sings backup.

8:24 p.m.: The judges are introduced and they talk about what they're looking for in a contestant in taped segments.

The judges are Dana Dalton, Jonathan Black, Sacha Turner, Kevin Hall and Candice Little Wickersham.

8:18 p.m.: The second half of the Red Group of Georgia's Outstanding Teen compete in talent.

They are Acworth's Outstanding Teen Amelia Hunt, 17, doing a ballet en pointe to "Don Quixote"; Music City's Outstanding Teen Katherine McCauley, 17, singing "Poor Wand'ring One"; Columbus State University's Outstanding Teen Sydnie Cheplick, 16, dancing to "So Much Better"; Georgia Cotton's Outstanding Teen Lindsay Dobbs, 15, singing "I've Got the World on a String": Heart of Lakes' Outstanding Teen Caitlyn Molnar, 16, singing "On My Own," and Troup County's Outstanding Teen Meagan Sharp, 17, singing "Ave Maria."

8:15 p.m.: The Blue Group of Georgia's Outstanding Teen compete in in fitness. They are wearing form-fitting T-shirts, shorts and athletic shoes.

They are Columbus' Outstanding Teen Julia Martin, 15; Cherokee Rose's Outstanding Teen Brooke Doss, 16; West Georgia's Outstanding Teen Lindsay Orr, 16; Spirit of Georgia's Outstanding Teen Presley Davis, 17; Wayne County's Outstanding Teen McKenzie Boatright, 15; Savannah River's Outstanding Teen Kendyl Pennington, 16; Atlanta's Outstanding Teen Rachel Grimsley, 15; Paulding County's Outstanding Teen Brooke Dorris, 14; Northeast Georgia's Outstanding Teen Alex Coffee, 15; Southeast Georgia's Outstanding Teen Jaicee Brewton, 17; Cobb County's Outstanding Teen Tara Lynn Steele, 17, and University of Georgia's Outstanding Teen Victoria Hensley, 16.

Co-host Michael Ruddell announces that WRBL-TV 3 is doing a live feed on its website.

7:59 p.m.: Half of the Red Group of Georgia's Outstanding Teen begins the talent competition.

They are Southwest Georgia's Outstanding Teen Shana Oxford, 17, tap dancing to "My Strongest Suit"; Warner Robins' Outstanding Teen Taylor Peterson, 14, plays a medley of songs from "The Phantom of the Opera" on piano; North Georgia Lakes' Outstanding Teen Courtney Grop, 14, sings "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"; Coastal Empire's Outstanding Teen Taylor Blanton, 16, tap dances to a medley of Michael Jackson songs; Rome's Outstanding Teen Katie Grego, 16, playing "A Beautiful Storm" on the piano and Golden Isles' Outstanding Teen Juliette Jackson, 17, doing a lyrical dance to "Legacy."

7:57 p.m.: Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2009 Brianna Godshalk comes to talk to the co-hosts about her year.

7:49 p.m.: Miss Georgia 2009 Emily Cook and the hip hop group UNEEK-EFX sing and dance to Lady GaGa's "Telephone."

The Alpha Group compete in swimsuit. They are Miss Capital City Jamie Kelton, 22; Miss Columbus State University April Hollingsworth, 21; Miss North Georgia Lakes Rachel Jones, 22; Miss Historic Southern Plains Whitney Cothran, 24; Miss Southern Rivers Leslie Farman, 23; Miss Warner Robins Tara Scroggins, 20; Miss Shorter University Hannah Freeman, 21; Miss Elberton Fair Amanda Erwin, 23; Miss Heart of Lakes Whitley Cooper, 21; Miss Southern Heartland Christina McCauley, 21; Miss Cumming Fair Alexis Caldwell, 18; Miss Thomasville Hannah Barfield, 21, and Miss Savannah River Abby Killough, 19.

7:44 p.m.: The co-hosts, Miss Georgia 1998 April Brinson Slaughenhoup and Michael Ruddell, are on the stage. They're bantering while the stage is reconfigured behind the closed curtain.

7:41 p.m.: Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2009 Brianna Godshalk goes on stage to announce this year's contestants are on the stage. The contestants introduce themselves. They, too, are wearing outfits of their choosing.

7:36 p.m.: The curtain opens. The voice over introduce Miss Georgia 2009 Emily Cook, co-hosts Miss Georgia 1998 April Brinson Slaughenhoup and Michael Ruddell, a corporate event producer. The contestants are on stage in outfits that they've chosen. Also on stage is hip hop dance group UNEEK-EFX.

The 40 2010 contestants introduce themselves, starting with Miss Atlanta.

7:30 p.m.: The 2010 Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant's second night of preliminary competition begins on time.

Miss Georgia 1998 April Brinson Slaughenhoup sings the National Anthem.

It's two minutes to show and most of the spectators have filed into the Bill Heard Theatre in RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

DJ LuCa is spinning tunes. People are waving fans and placards with their contestants' photos on them as well as the LED light chasers.

The production crew is waiting for the judges to take their seats.

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