Christina McCauley made her fourth trip to Columbus to compete in the 2010 Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant and she was a winner out of 40 contestants.
McCauley, 21, as Miss Southern Heartland, won the crown Saturday night at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. The difference this year was having her sister, Katherine McCauley, 17, competing as Music City’s Outstanding Teen in her first pageant.
“I was more nervous for her,” McCauley said minutes after taking the crown. “I spent a lot of time looking over her.”
McCauley sang “This Is My Beloved” from the operetta, “Kismit.”
As winner of the 66th Miss Georgia Schloarship Pageant, she wins a $15,000 scholarship. She won the talent preliminary award on Friday night.
The scholarship will pay for part of McCauley’s tuition as she studies for her second degree in early childhood education at Kennesaw State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Birmingham Southern College.
The finalists were Miss Capital City Jamie Kelton, 22, who wins a $7,500 scholarship; Miss Atlanta Laura Stone, 23, who wins a $5,000 scholarship; Miss Cobb County Casey Walker, 21, who wins a $3,500 scholarship; and Miss Cherokee Rose Michaela Lackey, 20, who wins a $2,500 scholarship.
Georgia’s 2010 Outstanding Teen, Camille Sims, 17, Miss Capital City, won a $1,500 scholarship.
The other finalists were Southern Heartland’s Outstanding Teen Maggie Bridges, 17, who wins a $750 scholarship; Columbus’ Outstanding Teen Julia Martin, who wins a $500 scholarship; Troup County’s Outstanding Teen Meagan Sharp, 17, who wins a $350 scholarship, and Cobb County’s Outstanding Teen Tara Lynn Steele, 17, who wins a $250 scholarship.