The third time was the charm for Kristina Higgins, 24, who is the 2009 Miss Georgia. She competed as Miss Capital City.
“I’m very excited,” she said backstage in the RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. “It doesn’t feel real to me yet.”
The first runner up was Emily Cook, Miss Cobb County.
“When I was standing there (with Cook), I didn’t really realize what was going on. It was fast,” Higgins said. “I’ll probably be up all night.”
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Higgins’ platform is Autism Speaks; she sang “There Will Come a Day” in the talent competition.
Higgins receives a $15,000 scholarship for the win, while Cook receives $7,500.
Higgins takes over the crown from Miss Georgia 2008 Chasity Hardman of Columbus. Hardman was first runner-up in the 2008 Miss America pageant. Higgins will represent Georgia in the Miss America pageant.
The Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen is Miss Cobb County Brianna Godshalk, 16, who gets a $1,500 scholarship.
The runners up are Colby Dee Coskery, Miss Capital City, $750; Maggie Bridges, Miss Southern Rivers, $500; Cammie Cunningham, Miss Warner Robins, $350; and Sara Whetsell, Miss Albany, $250.
And, yes, there was a Miss Congenialty prize given Saturday night. That went to Miss Cherokee County Casy Walker.
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