Miss Georgia continues with Night Two

June 20, 2013 

Miss Georgia continues with its preliminary competitions tonight in the Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday night, Miss Hummingbird Festival, Courtney N. Hinesley of Grayson, Ga., won the preliminary swimsuit competition. She won a $250 scholarship. Miss Fulton County, Gabrielle S. Booth of Snellville, Ga., won the preliminary talent competition singing "Vissi D'Arte." She won a $500 scholarship.

In Georgia's Outstanding Teen, Marietta's Outstanding Teen, Kelly E. Hutchinson, 15, of Marietta, Ga., won the preliminary fitness competition. There was a tie in the preliminary talent competition. The co-winners were Historic Southern Plains' Outstanding Teen, Taylor L. Peterson, 17, of Kathleen, Ga., who played "The Black Pearl" on the piano and Southeast Georgia's Outstanding Teen, Caitlan Coleman, 17, of Meeks, Ga., who tapped to "Valerie."

The 40 Miss Georgia contestants compete in three groups every night.

Mu Group Miss Macon, Amanda D. Scott, 21, of Lincolnton, Ga. She will play "Jerry Lee's Boogie" on the piano. She goes to the Georgia Institute of Technology, majoring in public policy and business. Her platform is Choosing Miracles Now with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Miss Apple Capitol, Tara R. Clance, 22, of Ellijay, Ga. She will sing "When I Was Your Man." She goes to Belmont University, majoring in international politics and Asian studies. Her platform is Celebrating Cultural Diversity.

Miss Rome, Cierra Dena'e Jackson, 21, of Columbus. She will sing "Dream in Color." She goes to Spelman College, majoring in political science. Her platform is Violent Valor: A Partnership with the USO and Joining Forces.

Miss Hummingbird Festival, Courtney N. Hinesley, 18, of Grayson, Ga. She will sing "I Made it Through the Rain." She goes to Georgia Regents University, majoring in nursing. Her platform is Let's Get it Straight: Scoliosis Awareness and Early Detection.

Miss Emanuel County, Kaidy L. English, 19, of Swainsboro, Ga. She will tap to "Din Daa Daa." She goes to East Georgia State College, majoring in early childhood education. Her platform is Coming Out of You Shell: Building Self-Confidence in Young Girls.

Miss Cumming Fair, Katie L. Grego, 19, of LaGrange, Ga. She will play "Prelude in G-Minor, Opus 23, No. 5" on the piano. She goes to Columbus State University, majoring in physics and geology. Her platform is Seize the Moment: Raising Awareness for Epilepsy.

Miss Columbus State University, Katelyn Pawlowski, 20, of Midland, Ga. She will do a jazz dance to "I Want You Back." She goes to Columbus State University, majoring in business management. Her platform is Do You See What I See? Giving the Gift of Sight.

Miss River City, Teresa F. Davis, 22, of Hoschton, Ga. She will play "Malaguena" on the piano. She goes to the University of Georgia, majoring inb digital and broadcast journalism and Spanish. Her platform is Five Star Families: Supporting and Honoring Our Military and Their Families.

Miss Fountain City, Amanda M. Lawler, 21, of Santa Claus, Ga. She will tap to "Boogie Shoes." She goes to Valdosta State University, majoring in communication arts. Her platform is Dyslexia Is My Gift.

Miss Troup County, Hayley N. Henderson, 23, of Columbus. She will sing "Holding Out for a Hero." She goes to Columbus State University, majoring in communication and marketing. Her platform is March of Dimes: Spreading Awareness That One Day All Babies Will Be Born Healthy By Preventing Birth Defects, Premature Births and Infant Mortality.

Miss Altamaha, Kayla E. Kirkland, 18, of Millen, Ga. She will dance a lyrical ballet to "Some Nights." She goes to the University of Georgia, majoring in pharmacy. Her platform is Childhood Hunger.

Miss Conyers Cherry Blossom, Lauren F. Edmunds, 24, of Americus, Ga. She will do a jazz dance to "Feelin' Good." She goes to the University of Georgia, majoring in furnishings and interiors. Her platform is Breast Cancer: Fighting the Fear.

Miss Clermont, Lia Racanelli, 23, of Athens, Ga. She will sing "I Surrender." She goes to the University of Georgia, majoring in publication management and printmaking. Her platform is Silence the Cycle: Intimate Partner Violence Awareness and Prevention.

Miss Whitewater, Katherine McCauley, 20, of Marietta, Ga. She will sing "Kiss Me in the Rain." She goes to Kennesaw State University, majoring in theater and communications. Her platform is the Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

These women compete in swimsuit on Wednesday; talent on Thursday; evening wear and onstage question on Friday.

Gamma Group Miss Cobb County, Maggie Bridges, 20, of Brinson, Ga. She will sing "You'll Never Walk Alone." She goes to the Georgia Institute of Technology, majoring in biochemistry. Her platform is Impacting Others Through Volunteerism.

Miss Shorter University, Merrilee J. LaVilla, 20, of Acworth, Ga. She will do a musical theater piece on "Nothing." She goes to Shorter College, majoring in communication arts. Her platform is there are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today, making modern-day slavery oneof the greatest problems facing this generation. I plan to make a difference by first, spreading awareness.

Miss Fulton County, Gabrielle S. Booth, 22,of Snellville, Ga. She will sing "Vissi D'Arte." She goes to Georgia State University, majoring in history. Her platform is Encourage and Empower Young Wpmen to Reach for Academic Success.

Miss Gwinnett County, Shelby L. Rice, 22, of Columbus. She will play "Piano Fantasy" on the piano. She goes to Columbus State University, majoring in nursing. Her platform is to advocate the importance of mentoring and to empower middle school and high school young ladies through Girl Talk to become strong role models and mentors in their community while instilling confidence and integrity in their own lives.

Miss Valdosta State University, Sara E. Whetsell, 21, of Thomasville, Ga. She will dance to "It's All Coming Back to Me Now." She goes to Valdosta State University, majoring in nursing. Her platform is Dance Marathon -- Dance for Dollars.

Miss Statesboro High School, Madison D. Phillips, 18, of Statesboro, Ga. She will sing "Let's Be Bad." She goes to Georgia Southern University, majoring in communication arts. Her platform is Girls on the Run: Inspiring Girls to Be Joyful, Healthy and Confident!

Miss Columbus, Willietta T. Grant, 23, of Columbus. She will sing "One Less Bell"/"A House Is Not a Home." She goes to Columbus State University, majoring in mathematics education. Her platform is Youthful Expression and Esteem Through the Arts.

Miss South Central Georgia, Courtney J. Walker, 22, of Bonaire, Ga. She will sing "Nobody Does it Like Me." She goes to the University of Georgia, working on her doctorate in pharmacy. Her platform is the Ronald McDonald Charities.

Miss Cherokee Rose, Kristy W. Miller, 22, of Atlanta. She will dance and twirl to "Requiem the Dream." She goes to the Georgia Institute of Technology, majoring in industrial and systems engineering. Her platform is Get Ready, Get Set, Go Vote!

Miss Atlanta, Carly M. Mathis, 22, of Leesburg, Ga. She will sing "I Know You Won't." She is a University of Georgia graduate, whose major was digital and broadcast journalism. Her platform is Heart Health and Heart Safety.

Miss University of Georgia, Jenna L. Jackson, 23, of Fayetteville, Ga. She will do a jazz dance to "Hips Don't Lie." She goes to the University of Georgia, working on her juris doctorate. Her platform in Cancer Prevention.

Miss Georgia Southern University, Reedi M. Hawkins, 21, of Albany, Ga. She will do ballet en pointe to "Turn the Beat Around." She goes to Georgia Southern University, majoring in multimedia communications and broadcast information. Her platform is P.O.S.T. -- Positive Operation of Social Media Techniques.

Miss Southeast Georgia, Colleen A. Stafford, 21, of St. Simons Island, Ga. She will tap to "This Cat's on a Hot Tin Roof." She goes to the College of Coastal Georgia, majoring in pre-radiological science. Her platform is Giving the Gift of You: Increasing Volunteerism for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

These women compete in talent on Wednesday, evening wear and onstage question on Thursday, swimsuit on Friday.

Alpha Group Miss Warner Robins, Charlene M. Bibeau, 22, of Warner Robins, Ga. She will play "Piano Concerto in A-Minor." She goes to Georgia Southern University, majoring in epidemiology. Her platform is Arts From the Start.

Miss Georgia State University, Emily L. Diamond, 21, of Cumming, Ga. She will sing "Man of La Mancha." She goes to Georgia State University, majoring in psychology. Her platform is Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Miss Capital City, Jazmine A. Scroggins, 23, of Atlanta. She will sing "There's a Winner in You." She goes to Georgia State University, majoring in journalism. Her platform is Helping the Children of Incarcerated Parents and Their Families.

Miss Augusta, Kendyl R. Pennington, 19, of Augusta, Ga. She will sing "I Dreamed a Dream." She goes to the University of South Carolina, majoring in physics (with a pre-law emphasis). Her platform is Relay for Life ... Crowns for a Cure.

Miss Heart of the City, Mary Ashley Tucker, 22, of Woodstock, Ga. She will sing "Let Me Be Your Star." She goes to the University of Georgia, majoring in digital and broadcast journalism. Her platform is UGA Miracle: Dance for the Kids.

Miss Conyers, MacKenzie Marable, 18, of Rome, Ga. She will do a lyrical dance to "A Thousand Years." She is going to Unity Christian School, majoring in hospital administration. Her platform is Autism Awareness.

Miss Lake Lanier, Meredith E. Crawley, 20, of Marietta, Ga. She will sing "Don't Cry for Me Argentina." She goes to the Georgia Institute of Technology, majoring in information technology. Her platform is the Ronald McDonald House -- Making Each Child Feel More at Home.

Miss Historic Southern Plains, Amarinda E. Trear, 22, of Flowery Branch, Ga. She will sing "Vole Mon Ange." She is going to Columbus State University, majoring in Music and Autism: Sharing the Universal Language.

Miss Tri Rivers, Michelle K. Johnson, 21, of Warner Robins, Ga. She will sing "The Wizard and I." She goes to Georgia Southern University, majoring in public relations. Her platform is Think Pink: Breast Cancer Education and Awareness.

Miss Rockdale County, Heather K. Burgess, 18, of Woodstock, Ga. She will dance to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." She goes to the University of Georgia, majoring in business and Spanish. Her platform is Mentoring Young Girls Through the Boys and Girls Club.

Miss Savannah River, Madison P. Brett, 21, of Kite, Ga. She will dance to "Proud Mary." She goes to the University of Georgia, majoring in early childhood education. Her platform is Organ Donation: The Gift of Life.

Miss Golden Isles, Carmella M. Turner, 23, of Baxley, Ga. She will sing "Love Is Where You Find It." She goes to Valdosta State University, majoring in choral music education. Her platform is Stand Up for the Ovation, Keep Music Education!

Miss East Georgia State College, Austin M. Carruth, 20, of Swainsboro, Ga. She will sing "In His Eyes." She goes to East Georgia State College, majoring in journalism and business. Her platform is Childhood Cancer Awareness.

These women compete in evening wear and onstage question on Wednesday, swimsuit on Thursday, talent on Friday.

The 41 2013 Outstanding Teen contestants are also in three groups.

Omega Group Troup County's Outstanding Teen, Ansley T. Hawkins, 14, of Dallas, Ga., who will tap to "I've Got Rhythm." She attends Mount Paran Christian School. Her platform is Stop Diabetes: Diabetes Awareness.

Macon's Outstanding Teen, Malone K. Powell, 15, of Macon, Ga., who will sing "There's a Place for Us." She attends Deerfield Windsor School. Her platform is Home Is Where the Heart Is: Homelessness in America.

Fulton County's Outstanding Teen, Cassidy A. Starling, 15, of Canton, Ga., who will playing "Phantom of the Opera" on the piano. She attends Blessed Trinity Catholic High School. Her platform: "Medicine and cosmetics have historically been tested on animals and often the testing is done in inhumane ways creating great discomfort, paine and even death in animals. I want to raise awareness that alternative testing methods do exist and animals should not be used."

North Georgia Mountains's Outstanding Teen, Olivia A. Grego, 14, of LaGrange, Ga., will play "Cubana, Cubana" on the piano. She attends Troup County Comprehensive High School. Her platform is Stopping Seizures Now!: Raising Awareness for Epilepsy.

West Georgia's Outstanding Teen, Rachel A. Harry, 17, of LaGrange, will do a jazz dance to "Baby I'm a Star." She attends LaGrange High School. Her platform is Healthy Smiles for Self-Esteem.

Marietta's Outstanding Teen, Kelly K. Hutchinson, 15, of Marietta, Ga., will do a lyrical dance to "Dream." She attends Harrison High School. Her platform is Activist for the American Cancer Society.

Hummingbird Festival's Outstanding Teen, Mallory E. Daniel, 16, of Martinez, Ga., will sing "Where the Boys Are." She attends Evans High School. Her platform is Volunteerism: Inspiring America's Youth Through Volunteers of America.

University of Georgia's Outstanding Teen, Courtney N. Grap, 17, of Dacula, Ga., will sing "Georgia on My Mind." She attends Dacula High School. Her platform is Go Bare for a Cure.

Starr's Mills's Outstanding Teen, Emma M. Wernecke, 15, of Peachtree City, Ga., will do a lyrical dance to "Beautiful Things." She attends Starr's Mills High School. Her platform is CURE Childhood Cancer.

Magnolia Midland's Outstanding Teen, Allie Griffis, 15, of Eastman, Ga., will play the closing theme of Rachmaninoff's "Second Piano Concerto." She attends Dodge County High School. Her platform is Teen Maze: Your Life, Your Choice, helping youth understand the choices and consequences they encounter in their everyday lives.

Cherokee Fair's Outstanding Teen, Sydney P. Lee, 15, of Cairo, Ga., will sing and play "Beautiful, Beautiful" on the piano. She attends Cairo High School and Bainbridge State College. Her platform in Promoting Civic Awareness Among Today's Youth.

Rockdale County's Outstanding Teen, McKayla A. Futral, 16, of Walnut Grove, Ga., will play "Arabesque" on the piano. She attends Walnut Grove High School. Her platform is Help Us Solve the Cruel Mystery of Lupus.

Cobb County's Outstanding Teen, Abby Quarles, 16, of Marietta, Ga., will dance ballet en pointe to "La Bayadere." She attends Johnson Ferry Christian Academy. Her platform is Arts for All -- Emphasizing that Art Is Smart.

Savannah River's Outstanding Teen, Karson A. Pennington, 15, of Martinez, Ga., will do a jazz dance to "Don't Stop Me Now." She attends Lakeside High School. Her platform is Reach Out and Read ... Promoting Literacy Among Georgia's Youths.

These teens compete in fitness on Wednesday, talent on Thursday, evening wear and onstage question on Friday.

Tau Group Fayette County's Outstanding Teen, Sarah E. Stallings, 16, of McDonough, Ga., will sing "Home Sweet Home." She attends Ola High School. Her platform is Bullying in Schools Today.

Coastal Georgia's Outstanding Teen, Bentley A. Wright, 14, of Vidalia, Ga., will clog to "Ease on Down the Road." She attends J.R. Trippe Middle School. Her platform is Juvenile Diabetes.

Emanuel County's Outstanding Teen, Ivey H. Rowland, 13, of Wrightsville, Ga.will clog to "Grease Mix." She attends Bentwood. Her platform is United Hospice Foundation with a focus on Camp Cocoon.

International City's Outstanding Teen, Carmen N. Foskey, 17, of Warner Robins, Ga., will sing "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." She attends Warner Robins High School. Her platform is Ronald McDonald House Charity.

Historic Southern Plains' Outstanding Teen, Taylor L. Peterson, 17, of Kathleen, Ga., will play "The Black Pearl" on the piano. She attends Houston County High School. Her platform is Reading on My Mind Inc. -- Sharing the joy and importance of books to those in need.

Altamaha's Outstanding Teen, Sarah C. DeLoach, 16, of Claxton, Ga., will tap to "Tapper's Delight." She attends Pinewood Christian Academy. Her platform is I Promise to Wait -- Education Teenagers of the Importance of Abstinence.

Coastal Empire's Outstanding Teen, Jada M. Ussery, 15, will dance to "My Strongest Suit." She attends Robert Toombs Christian Academy. Her platform is Divorce Affects Children -- The Voice of a Survivor.

Tri Rivers' Outstanding Teen, Cassie V. Cothern, 15, of Alma, Ga., will do an acro/jazz dance to "Diamonds Are for Divas." She attends Bacon County High School. Her platform is Making a Difference at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Southeast Georgia's Outstanding Teen, Caitlan Coleman, 17, of Meeks, Ga., will tap to "Valerie." She attends Swainsboro High School. Her platform is Think Twice.

Heart of the City's Outstanding Teen, Leila A. Collins, 16, of Edison, Ga., will dance a ballet en pointe to "Celebrate." She attends Southwest Georgia Academy. Her platform is Smile Train.

Chattahoochee Valley's Outstanding Teen, Kyndall B. Ellis, 16, of Columbus, will play "Mean" on the piano. She attends Columbus High School. Her platform is Reading Is Fundamental.

Capital City's Outstanding Teen, Anna C. Tucker, 16, of Acworth, Ga., will sing "I Want You Back." She attends North Cobb Christian School. Her platform is Do Something Now: Use Your Passion to Make a Difference.

Augusta's Outstanding Teen, Mollie L. Allen, 15, of Augusta, Ga., will sing "Don't Forget Me." She attends Westside High School. Her platform is Fighting Heart Disease One Step at a Time.

South Central Georgia's Outstanding Teen, Caroline E. Carroll, 17, of Americus, Ga., will dance a ballet en pointe to "Burning Love." She attends Southland Academy. Her platform is Blood Donation Through the American Red Cross.

These teens compete in talent on Wednesday, evening wear and onstage question on Thursday, fitness of Friday.

Sigma Group Gwinnett County's Outstanding Teen, Ashleigh C. Proctor, 16, of Martinez, Ga., will tap to "Big Time." She attends Lakeside High School. Her Platform is Discover Dance: Enriching Children's Lives Through Dance.

Lake Lanier's Outstanding Teen, Analise A. Kucera, 16, of Suwanee, Ga., will do a lyrical dance to "The Voice Within." She attends North Gwinnett High School. Her platform is BridgeworX -- Bridging the Gap Between Young Adults and Senior Citizens.

Rome's Outstanding Teen, Taylor McCoy, 17, of Dallas, Ga., will sing "Bring Me to Life." She attends East Paulding High School. Her platform is Special Needs to Super Heroes.

Golden Isles' Outstanding Teen, Courtney R. Cochran. 17, of Sale City, Ga., will sing "Girl in 14G." She attends Westwood. Her platform is Be Healthy, Be Happy.

Warner Robins' Outstanding Teen, Sydney P. Hillman, 17, of Augusta, Ga., will sing "Ave Maria." She attends Harlem High School. Her platform is Teen Volunteerism.

Columbus' Outstanding Teen, Anna L. Maley, 16, of Cataula, Ga., will do a lyrical dance to "Let Me Be Your Star." She attends Northside High School. Her platform is Girls With a Message (G.W.A.M).

Greater Atlanta's Outstanding Teen, Elizabeth "Lizzie" K. Stanford, 14, of Cuthbert, Ga., will dance a ballet en pointe to "Gypsy Rhapsody." She attends Terrell Academy. Her platform is Move to the Right, which promotes dance as an accessible means to engage the right side of the brain in today's youth. Exposure to the arts creates mental flexibility. When creativity is channeled in a positive way, academic performance and behavior improves in kids.

Cherokee Rose's Outstanding Teen, Kelly G. Donoghue, 17, of Marietta, Ga., will sing "His Eye Is on the Sparrow"/"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." She attends Walton High School. Her platform is Special Friends Through Special Olympics."

Fountain City's Outstanding Teen, Ashton T. Leddon, 15, of Columbus, will sing "Mr. Paganini." She attends Brookstone High School. Her platform is Children's Miracle Network with an emphasis on premature births.

Conyers Cherry Blossom's Outstanding Teen, Kelly A. Rasmovich, 16, of Cumming, Ga., will do an acro/dance to "If I Had You." She attends Forsyth Central High School. Her platform is Special, Not Different: Children Having the Ability to Overcome Their Physical or Mental Disabilities.

Conyers' Outstanding Teen, Judith E. Higgins, 13, of Columbus, will do an acro/jazz dance to "The Time of My Life." She attends Richards Middle School. Her platform is Childhood Cancer Awareness.

Atlanta's Outstanding Teen, EmmaKate Few, 14, of Augusta, Ga., will clog to "Are You Ready for a Miracle?" She attends John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School. Her platform is Soles4Souls: Changing the World One Pair at a time.

Wayne County's Outstanding Teen, Cara Laine Sims, 17, will dance to "Celebrate." She attends Wayne County High School. Her platform is Teaching, Reaching and Educating Our Youth (T.R.E.Y.) about drunk driving.

These teens compete in evening wear and onstage question on Wednesday, fitness on Thursday, talent on Friday.

The judges this year are Marina Harrison Cooper, Jack Cooper, Glenn Davis, Osjha Anderson Domenicone and Charlie Curry Vantramp.

Marina Cooper is deputy chief of staff to the president of Towson University, Maryland's second largest university. In her 18 months in the Miss America Pageant, she earned more than $50,000, allowing her to graduate from the University of Maryland debt-free. She is the only woman from Maryland to compete in both Miss America and Miss USA. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, Luke, and their two young children.

Jack Cooper is a former educator and was an elementary school principal. He is currently the president of the Miss Oklahoma Pageant Organization. He splits his time between Tulsa, Okla., and Dallas, Texas. He is the Southwest/West Regional curriculum specialist sales manager for Pearson, the largest educational solutions and publishing company in the world.

Davis is a former major league baseball player who played mostly for the Houston Astros and the Baltimore Orioles. In Columbus, where he retired from baseball, he is a Columbus City Councilor. He and his wife, Teresa, started Carpenter's Way, a faith-based, long-term residential care ministry. He serves on the advisory board of Methodist Children's Ministries. He and wife have three daughters.

Domenicone is the 1999 Miss Georgia. In the 2000 Miss America Pageant, she won the Bert Parks Memorial Talent Award. As Miss Georgia, she traveled more than 50,000 miles advocating character education. She had already graduated from Agnes Scott College when she won the title. After her year of service, she returned to the University of Georgia, where she received her juris doctorate in 2002 and became a member of the Georgia State Bar. She is currently the corporate counsel and director of governmental affairs for Select Management resources. She lives in Alpharetta, with her husband, Mike, and three daughters.

Vantramp is on the board of trustees for the Washington Scholarship Organization and the Tacoma-Pierce Country Chaplaincy Board. Reared in a military family, she has traveled all over the world and lived in Columbus while her husband, Raleigh, was in the U.S. Army. They own Dove Family Dentistry, where she works in the Human Resources Department.

Tickets are $35 for tonight, $65 on Friday and $85 on Saturday.

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