Miss Georgia wins Miss America swimsuit preliminary competition

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 12, 2013 

Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com Miss Georgia Carly Mathis poses for a quick photo while helping prepare Blizzards Thursday afternoon at the Dairy Queen on Macon Road in Columbus. Mathis was joined at the event by Miss Columbus State University Katelyn Pawlowski and Amarinda Trear, Miss Historic Southern Plains. As part of the seventh annual Miracle Treat Day, area Dairy Queen locations are donating proceeds from every Blizzard sold Thursday to the Children's Miracle Network at The Medical Center. After, Mathis, Pawlowski and Trear also delivered the frozen treats to patients on the pediatric floor at The Medical Center. 08/08/13

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Miss Georgia Carly Mathis won Thursday's preliminary swimsuit competition for the Miss America pageant. She receives a $1,000 scholarship.

Preliminary competitions were held Tuesday through Thursday in Atlantic City. Two winners -- one in talent, one in swimsuit -- were announced each night. The Miss America pageant airs 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC.

Mathis hails from Leesburg, a small city near Albany. She was crowned Miss Georgia during a pageant held in Columbus in June.

Mathis, who has family in the Columbus area, graduated from the University of Georgia in May with a degree in digital and broadcast journalism. After she was crowned Miss Georgia, she told us she hopes to be a political or law correspondent.

Her platform issue is heart health.

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