Update: Teens compete in talent on Night Two of Miss Georgia

June 20, 2013 

8:16 p.m.: Georgia's Outstanding Teen competitors start their talent. Thursday night, it's the Omega Group.

Troup County's Outstanding Teen, Ansley T. Hawkins, 14, of Dallas, Ga., who will tap to "I've Got Rhythm."

Macon's Outstanding Teen, Malone K. Powell, 15, of Macon, Ga., who will sing "There's a Place for Us."

Fulton County's Outstanding Teen, Cassidy A. Starling, 15, of Canton, Ga., who will playing "Phantom of the Opera" on the piano.

North Georgia Mountains's Outstanding Teen, Olivia A. Grego, 14, of LaGrange, Ga., will play "Cubana, Cubana" on the piano.

West Georgia's Outstanding Teen, Rachel A. Harry, 17, of LaGrange, will do a jazz dance to "Baby I'm a Star."

Marietta's Outstanding Teen, Kelly K. Hutchinson, 15, of Marietta, Ga., will do a lyrical dance to "Dream."

Hummingbird Festival's Outstanding Teen, Mallory E. Daniel, 16, of Martinez, Ga., will sing "Where the Boys Are."

University of Georgia's Outstanding Teen, Courtney N. Grap, 17, of Dacula, Ga., will sing "Georgia on My Mind."

Starr's Mills's Outstanding Teen, Emma M. Wernecke, 15, of Peachtree City, Ga., will do a lyrical dance to "Beautiful Things."

Magnolia Midland's Outstanding Teen, Allie Griffis, 15, of Eastman, Ga., will play the closing theme of Rachmaninoff's "Second Piano Concerto."

Cherokee Fair's Outstanding Teen, Sydney P. Lee, 15, of Cairo, Ga., will sing and play "Beautiful, Beautiful" on the piano.

Rockdale County's Outstanding Teen, McKayla A. Futral, 16, of Walnut Grove, Ga., will play "Arabesque" on the piano.

Cobb County's Outstanding Teen, Abby Quarles, 16, of Marietta, Ga., will dance ballet en pointe to "La Bayadere."

Savannah River's Outstanding Teen, Karson A. Pennington, 15, of Martinez, Ga., will do a jazz dance to "Don't Stop Me Now."

8:05 p.m.: The 41 2013 Outstanding Teen contestants are also in three groups.

The Sigma Group competed in fitness Thursday as all of the Teens danced "Gangnum Style." They all wear black shorts, tight tank tops in various colors and sneakers.

Gwinnett County's Outstanding Teen, Ashleigh C. Proctor, 16, of Martinez, Ga.

Lake Lanier's Outstanding Teen, Analise A. Kucera, 16, of Suwanee, Ga.

Rome's Outstanding Teen, Taylor McCoy, 17, of Dallas, Ga.

Golden Isles' Outstanding Teen, Courtney R. Cochran. 17, of Sale City, Ga.

Warner Robins' Outstanding Teen, Sydney P. Hillman, 17, of Augusta, Ga.

Columbus' Outstanding Teen, Anna L. Maley, 16, of Cataula, Ga.

Greater Atlanta's Outstanding Teen, Elizabeth "Lizzie" K. Stanford, 14, of Cuthbert, Ga.

Cherokee Rose's Outstanding Teen, Kelly G. Donoghue, 17, of Marietta, Ga.

Fountain City's Outstanding Teen, Ashton T. Leddon, 15, of Columbus.

Conyers Cherry Blossom's Outstanding Teen, Kelly A. Rasmovich, 16, of Cumming, Ga.

Conyers' Outstanding Teen, Judith E. Higgins, 13, of Columbus.

Atlanta's Outstanding Teen, EmmaKate Few, 14, of Augusta, Ga.

Wayne County's Outstanding Teen, Cara Laine Sims, 17.

7:58 p.m.: This year's judges are introduced. They 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.

7:47 p.m.: Sam Holder and the Miss Georgia Dancers introduce the Gamma Group as they compete in evening wear.

Gamma Group Miss Cobb County, Maggie Bridges, 20, of Brinson, Ga. 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 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 goes to Georgia State University, majoring in history. Her platform is Encourage and Empower Young Women to Reach for Academic Success.

Miss Gwinnett County, Shelby L. Rice, 22, of Columbus. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

7:43 p.m.: The hosts are introduced, Miss Georgia 2012 Leighton Jordan, Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2012 Jameson Kenerly and professional entertainer Sam Holder.

The dancers are Evari Pickett and Claythan Conerly of Atlanta and Joshua Edens, a Columbus State University student. Pickett is the choreographer with local dance studio owner Janda Cearley. Rachael Cearley Venegas is the assistant choreographer.

7:40 p.m.: Georgia's Outstanding Teens, wearing poofy short drsses with sequined bodices, in different, vibrant colors, introduce themselves..

7:35 p.m.: The Miss Georgia Contestants, wearing short, strapless black dresses with sequined black bodices, introduce themselves.

7:32 p.m.: Miss Georgia 1985 Samantha Mohr and her daughter, Allison Aulds, sing the National Anthem. They sing very well together.

7:31 p.m.: Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson welcomes everyone in a taped message.

7:30 p.m.: Miss Georgia Pageant begins on time tonight.

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.

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.

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

Call the box office at 706-256-3612.

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