Update: The White Group of Georgia's Outstanding Teen contestants compete in fitness

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comJune 18, 2010 

8:12 p.m.: The White Group of the Outstanding Teens begins the fintess competition. The girls are wearing form-fitting T-shirts, shots and athletic shoes.

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.

7:58 p.m.: The first half of Georgia's Outstanding Teen's Blue Group begins the talent competition.

They are Columbus' Outstanding Teen Julia Martin, 15, playing "Sonata in E-Minor, Opus 38, No. 1" on the cello; Cherokee Rose's Outstanding Teen Brooke Doss, 16, doing a jazz dance to the 2010 version of "Fame"; West Georgia's Outstanding Teen Lindsay Orr, 16, singing "At Last"; Spirit of Georgia's Outstanding Teen Presley Davis, 17, tap dancing to "The Rubberband Man"; Wayne County's Outstanding Teen McKenzie Boatright, 15, doing a jazz dance to "Absolutey Everybody" and Savannah River's Outstanding Teen Kendyl Pennington, 16, singing "Don't Rain on My Parade."

7:55 p.m.: Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2009 Brianna Godshalk comes out and talks to the co-hosts.

7:50 p.m.: The final swimsuit preliminary competition begins.

The contestants in the Gamma Group are Miss University of Georgia Laura Lynn 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 Edmonds, 21; Miss Rockdale County Fair Mia Jones, 21; Miss Georgia State University Cierra Gilchrist, 21; Miss Rome Briana Jewett, 21; Miss Clermont Days Courtney Piedrahita, 22, and Miss Northeast Georgia Jessica Black, 24.

7:47 p.m.: Miss Georgia 2009 Emily Cook and hip hop dance group UNEEK-EFX sing and dance to Lady Gaga's "Telephone" as the Miss Georgia contestants now in the swimsuit competition come on stage and dance. They're all wearing white outfits.

7:41 p.m.: Miss Georgia 1998 April Brinson Slaughenhoup and corporate event planner/producer Michael Ruddell come out and the curtain closes as the stage crew gets the set ready for swimsuit competition.

7:39 p.m.: Now, Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2009 Brianna Godshalk comes out and the 36 contestants introduce themselves.

7:37 p.m.: The Miss Georgia contestants come out and introduce themselves.

7:35 p.m.: The curtain opens, with Miss Georgia 2009 Emily Cook and hip hop dance group UNEEK-EFX in the center of the stage. The contestants, both Miss Georgia and Outstanding Teen, walking on stage.

Also are introduced are co-hosts Miss Georgia 1998 April Brinson Slaughenhoup and corporate event planner/producer Michael Ruddell.

In the audience is a former host, Michael Blair, one of America's premier event planners.

7:33 p.m.: The audience members are waving signs and LED light-chasers, waiting for the contestants to come to the stage.

7:30 p.m.: The show begins with Mandie Best, Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2004, singing the National Anthem.

7:26 p.m.: The atmosphere seems much more charged tonight than Wednesday and Thursday in the Bill Heard Theatre inside RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

People are coming in earlier, looking for their seats and getting their things together before the show starts.

The judges have arrived and are also taking their seats.

DJ LuCa has been spinning tunes the last 15 minutes or so, playing Michael Jackson songs as well ones by R. Kelly.

People seem to be taking more notice of the music tonight, with some dancing in front of their seats.

People were asked to wear their pajamas for the Miss Georgia 5K run after the pageant. There are a few in their PJs, but not many.

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