The semifinalists go backstage to get ready for the night's competition.
A number of awards for non-finalists are awarded.
The judges this year are introduced. They are Marina Harrison Cooper, Jack Cooper, Glenn Davis, Osjha Anderson Domenicone and Charlie Curry Vantramp. They each talk a little bit about what they're looking for in Miss Georgia.
Marina Cooper is deputy chief of staff to the president of Towson University, Maryland's second largest university. In her 18 months in the Miss America Pageant, she earned more than $50,000, allowing her to graduate from the University of Maryland debt-free. She is the only woman from Maryland to compete in both Miss America and Miss USA. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, Luke, and their two young children.
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Jack Cooper is a former educator and was an elementary school principal. He is currently the president of the Miss Oklahoma Pageant Organization. He splits his time between Tulsa, Okla., and Dallas, Texas. He is the Southwest/West Regional curriculum specialist sales manager for Pearson, the largest educational solutions and publishing company in the world.
Davis is a former major league baseball player who played mostly for the Houston Astros and the Baltimore Orioles. In Columbus, where he retired from baseball, he is a Columbus City Councilor. He and his wife, Teresa, started Carpenter's Way, a faith-based, long-term residential care ministry. He serves on the advisory board of Methodist Children's Ministries. He and wife have three daughters.
Domenicone is the 1999 Miss Georgia. In the 2000 Miss America Pageant, she won the Bert Parks Memorial Talent Award. As Miss Georgia, she traveled more than 50,000 miles advocating character education. She had already graduated from Agnes Scott College when she won the title. After her year of service, she returned to the University of Georgia, where she received her juris doctorate in 2002 and became a member of the Georgia State Bar. She is currently the corporate counsel and director of governmental affairs for Select Management Resources. She lives in Alpharetta, with her husband, Mike, and three daughters.
Vantramp is on the board of trustees for the Washington Scholarship Organization and the Tacoma-Pierce Country Chaplaincy Board. Reared in a military family, she has traveled all over the world and lived in Columbus while her husband, Raleigh, was in the U.S. Army. They own Dove Family Dentistry, where she works in the Human Resources Department.