Last night, when I did a brief interview with Kristina Higgins, who had just been crowned Miss Georgia 2009, she was excited and looking forward to to her reign.
Then less than 24 hours later, she gave up the crown.
Emily Cook, the first runner-up, became the new Miss Georgia.
Wow! This happened in 1993 when Kara Martin became Miss Georgia after the woman who was crowned the night before gave it up. I can't even remember that woman's name. It worked out for Kara because she was first runner-up to Miss America that year.
But it was a nightmare for the Miss Georgia Organization. Because the woman who was initially named Miss Georgia KEPT her scholarship, they had to scramble to get money for Kara.
I wonder if that's what's happening right now.
What I don't understand is how Higgins entered the pageant, knowing that her duties might interfere with her teaching schedule. Did she think she didn't have a chance and wanted the scholarship money to pay for her master's degree?
I believe Amanda Kozak, Miss Georgia 2006, was teaching the year she was Miss Georgia.
I guess you can't have a beauty pageant without some sort of drama. And we've got our drama this year.