Leighton Jordan, Miss Capital City, crowned Miss Georgia 2012

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comJune 23, 2012 

9:50 p.m. Miss Capital City, Leighton Jordan, 19, is the 2012 Miss Georgia. She wins a $15,000 scholarship.

The first runner-up is Miss Georgia Cotton, Carly Mathis, who wins a $7,500; second runner-up is Miss Atlanta, Briana Jewett, who wins a $5,000 scholarship; third runner-up is Miss Peachtree, Lauren Edmonds, who wins a $3,500 scholarship and fourth runner-up is Miss Gwinnett County, Annie Walker, who wins a $2,500 scholarship.

Watch Miss Capital City Leighton Jordan in a video we filmed a few days ago:

9:44 p.m. The finale begins as Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" starts to play.

9:41 p.m. Michaela Lackey makes her final appearance as Miss Georgia 2011 as she thanks people who helped her during the year.

9:36 p.m. Local media representatives, including Dee Armstrong, Semone Doughton, Sam Beman and Omar Colon, ask questions of the Top 5 contestants. There were two others, but I didn't catch their names.

9:33 p.m. The judges asked Southern Empire's Outstanding Teen, Rosa Karina Campos, to come back and sing "Astonishing."

9:28 p.m. The Top 5 are announced. The are Miss Georgia Cotton, Carly Mathis; Miss Gwinnett County, Annie Wilson; Miss Capital City, Leighton Jordan; Miss Atlanta, Briana Jewett and Miss Peachtree, Lauren Edmunds.

9:26 p.m.Michael Ruddell and April Brinson introduces featured vocalist Carson Hand of Columbus and Miss Georgia Dancers Niclaos Almonor, Zeb Heidt and Joshua Edens.

9:21 p.m. Michaela Lackey performs for the final time as Miss Georgia.

9:03 p.m. The talent competition for the Top 10 begins.

Miss University of Georgia, Shelby McLeod, vocal, "Unchained Melody" Miss Peachtree, Lauren Edmonds, dance, "Feelin' Good" Miss Rome, Abby Killough, vocal, "Happy Days Are Here Again" Miss Cobb County, Stephanie Burkholder, lyrical dance, "I Stand" Miss Gwinnett County, Annie Wilson, vocal, "Listen" Miss Capital City, Leighton Jordan, ballet en pointe, "He's a Pirate" Miss Georgia Cotton, Carly Mathis, vocal, "On My Own" Miss Atlanta, Briana Jewett, contemporary dance, "Happy" Miss Warner Robins, Courtney Walker, vocal, "Nobody Does it Like Me" Miss Conyers Cherry Blossom, Katherine McCauley, vocal, "Amazing Grace"

8:55 p.m. 11 former Miss Georgias sang "Georgia on My Mind." They are 1969 Marilyn Olley, 1970 Nancy Carr Buntin, 1985 Samantha Mohr, 1983 Kara Martin, 1998 April Brinson, 2000 Pam Kennedy, 2001 Emily Foster, 2002 Amy Mulkey, 2006 Amanda Kozak, 2009 Emily Cook and 2011 Christina McCauley.

8:47 p.m. The evening wear production number featuring co-host Michael Ruddell singing "It Girl." The Top 10 contestants come on stage.

Miss University of Georgia, Shelby McLeod, 21 Miss Peachtree, Lauren Edmonds, 23 Miss Rome, Abby Killough, 22 Miss Cobb County, Stephanie Burkholder, 20 Miss Gwinnett County, 22 Miss Capital City, Leighton Jordan, 19 Miss Georgia Cotton, Carly Mathis, 21 Miss Atlanta, Briana Jewett, 23 Miss Warner Robins, Courtney Walker, 21 Miss Conyers Cherry Blossom, Katherine McCauley, 19

8:41 p.m. The Miss Georgia Princesses are all on stage, dressed in white. These are girls ages 5-12 who are mentored by the older contestants. Julia Martin, the 2011 Georgia's Outstanding Teen plays the cello.

8:26 p.m. It's intermission already.

8:22 p.m. Georgia's Outstanding Teen Omega Group fitness production number featuring "Footloose" and the Miss Georgia Dancers with the contestants take the stage.

8:19 p.m. Georgia's Outstanding Tau Group evening wear production number with vocalist Carson Hand take the stage.

8:17 p.m. A reminder of the pageant is being live-streamed by wrbl.com and missga.org

8:11 p.m. The Top 10 compete in swimsuit. The contestants stand behind a screen, silhouetted by a light before walking on stage.

8:05 p.m. This year's judges include Samantha Mohr, the 1985 Miss Georgia, who is now with the 11Alive team in Atlanta, after a few years at the Weather Channel.

Other judges are Ruth Cate, a South Carolina attorney, who has judged the Miss South Carolina Pageant; Sierra Minott, Miss Florida 2008 and Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2005, who is now studying for her master's degree in ministry leadership at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; head judge Larry Nakano,the deputy attorney general of Hawaii, is the judges' chairman of the Miss Hawaii organization and Ivan Pulinkala, the director of the program in dance at Kennesaw State University, who is studying for his doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Alabama.

8 p.m. Miss Georgia's Top 10 are:

Miss University of Georgia, Shelby McLeod Miss Peachtree, Lauren Edmonds Miss Rome, Abby Killough Miss Cobb County, Stephanie Burkholder Miss Gwinnett County, Annie Wilson Miss Capital City, Leighton Jordan Miss Georgia Cotton, Carly Mathis Miss Atlanta, Briana Jewett Miss Warner Robins, Courtney Walker Miss Conyers Cherry Blossom, Katherine McCauley

7:50 p.m. Georgia's Outstanding Teen winners are announced. Fourth runner-up is Warner Robins Carmen Foskey; third runner-up is Atlanta Taylor Peterson; second runner-up is North Georgia State Fair Copelyn Jue; first runner-up is Cobb County Amelia Hunt. Georgia's Outstanding Teen is Capital City Jameson Kenerly.

7:48 p.m. The nonfinalist winners are announced for talent, interview and other awards. The overall winners are Miss Cobb County, Amelia Hunt, in evening wear; Miss Capital City, Jameson Kenerly, in physical fitness; Miss Southern Empire, Rosa Karina Campos, in talent.

7:47 p.m. The Top 10 Outstanding Teen contestants are:

Atlanta's Outstanding Teen Taylor Peterson Cobb County's Outstanding Teen Amelia Hunt Greater Atlanta's Outstanding Teen Courtney Grap Fulton County's Outstanding Teen Alexandra Smith North Georgia Mountain's Outstanding Teen Courtney Hinesley Southern River's Outstanding Teen Lizzy Stanford Conyers Cherry Blossom's Outstanding Teen McKenzie Marable Warner Robins' Outstanding Teen Carmen Foskey North Georgia State Fair's Outstanding Teen Copelyn Jue Capital City's Outstanding Teen Jameson Kenerly.

7:43 p.m. Julia Martin makes her final appearance as Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2011.

7:41 p.m. April Brinson and Michael Ruddell are announced. Brinson is the 1998 Miss Georgia and Ruddell is a corporate event producer and entertainer.

7:37 p.m. Georgia's Outstanding Teens make their first appearance, dancing a Lady Gaga tune. They are wearing lilac, peach or hot pink sparkly dresses of their choice.

7:31 p.m. Michael Buble's "Feeling Good" plays for a bit before the usual Miss Georgia fanfare plays as stage manager Jimmy Motos bumbles his way across the stage. Then Beyonce's "I Am Woman" plays as the Miss Georgia contestants dance across the stage and then introduce themselves. They are wearing white, coral or turquoise dresses of their choice.

7:29 p.m. The National Anthem is sung by Miss Georgia 2010 Christina McCauley.

7:28 p.m. Taped messages from Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Fort Benning Garrison Commander Col. Jeffrey Fletcher are played.

The 2012 Miss Georgia will be named Saturday night as 33 hopefuls gather in the Bill Heard Theatre.

Georgia's Outstanding Teen will also be named Saturday night.

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