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Miss Georgia Pageant: Q&A with Shelby Rice, Miss Heart of the City

Age: 21

School: Columbus State University

Platform: Girl Talk: Creating Confidence and Integrity through Mentoring

Talent: Piano

Hometown: Columbus

Educational goals: BSN, MSN as pediatric nurse practitioner

Career Aspirations: Working in pediatrics as a nurse practitioner in Africa

Family: David and Amy Rice; Ashley Means (married), Kimberly Bean (married), David, Jeremy, Wesley, John Kelly, Avery, Callie, Lindsey

Favorite restaurant: Cafe La Rue

Favorite movie: "Sense and Sensibility"

Favorite book: "The Hunger Games"

Favorite TV show: "Cake Boss"

Have you competed in Miss Georgia before? No, after competing for three years in Miss Georgia preliminaries, this is my first title and year going to Miss Georgia

Why is your platform special to you? My personal experience in dealing with low self esteem has helped me discover the importance of building confidence and integrity in young ladies' lives. I want to help young ladies that are going through the same obstacles I went through.

What advice would you like to share with teen girls who are struggling with school? They are what my platform is about! Do your best to avoid the drama and focus on what is really important- which is schooling and the preparation for your future. Find little ways to enjoy life.

How would you describe your personal style? Glamorous-chic. I love the chicness of soft, romantic looks, but love making them glammed and fun at the same time.

How do you stay fit? I work out with a personal trainer three days a week, run 4-6 miles four days a week, and eat very healthy. Making little choices makes a BIG difference!

What's your favorite healthy meal and what are your favorite treats? Tuna and greek yogurt. My favorite treats, which include bacon and Chill yogurt, are not on my menu plan right now.

What stresses you out and how do cope with the stress in your life? This past semester I took seven classes on top of a job and the responsibilities of being a titleholder. Having so much on my plate at one time stressed me out in the beginning but learning how to take time for myself and appreciate little things really cut back on the stress. I have found that one of the biggest stress-reducers for me personally is running and making healthy choices.

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