Update: Georgia's Outstanding Teen compete in evening wear, fitness and talent

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comJune 22, 2013 

Like the past three nights, when "Gangnum Style" plays, the Miss Georgia Dancers and Georgia's Outstanding Teens come out to start the fitness competition. The Teens wear black shorts and a tight tank top (in the color of their choice) and sneakers.

Then they run backstage to get ready for the talent competition.

Immediately after the talent portion of the show, they get ready for evening wear and answer an onstage question.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historic Southern Plains' Outstanding Teen, Taylor L. Peterson, 17, of Kathleen, Ga., played "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.

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