Newly crowned Miss Georgia wants to ‘Flip the Script on Foster Care’
The newly crowned Miss Georgia 2019 says she wants to put her pageant platform — “Flip the Script on Foster Care” — into motion now.
Victoria Hill, 20, who competed as Miss Capital City, was crowned Miss Georgia 2019 on Saturday evening at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus.
The Canton native is home-schooled, has four siblings (she’s the oldest) and is studying vocal performance at Reinhardt University with the hopes of becoming a professional opera singer. She also has a passion for helping children in foster care.
Hill’s social impact initiative, or platform, shines the spotlight on foster care in the United States and specifically in Georgia. Hill said she wants to raise awareness of the number of children across the United States in foster care, engage businesses and organizations on ways to help, and encourage people to step forward and mentor children in the system.
“Approximately, we have 500 individuals aging out of the foster care program every year in Georgia,” Hill said, “and one of my goals is to make sure that within this year those 500 young adults have a connection for life.”
Hill volunteers with women and girls at North Georgia Angel House in Canton and has started a program to help. The program is WINGS, Women In Need Growing Stronger.
“Through my WINGS program I have enlisted the help of over 17 women in my community who are partnering one-on-one with these girls in our group home, mentoring them and encouraging them and making those lifelong connections so that as they age out they still have that mentor, that one they can go to when they don’t have anyone else,” Hill said.
“These young women are absolutely amazing, and precious, and they have such strong grit and perseverance, but they just need a connection in the community so that they can have roots and really grow and be able to expand their dreams and their aspirations,” Hill said.
This is Hill’s second time competing for title of Miss Georgia. In 2018, as Miss Cobb County, Hill was third runner-up. As this year’s winner she receives a $15,000 scholarship. Hill said the scholarship money she’s earned in the Miss America system has been vital to continuing her education.
“It’s a perfect way for me to make myself more well-rounded and just a successful woman while paying for school,” Hill said. “It’s helping me be successful while giving me the tools I need to achieve my educational goals.”
Hill will now begin preparing for the upcoming Miss America competition. She’s also slated to volunteer at a camp in Tennessee serving special-needs children and young adults, and compete in a national singing competition in Minnesota.
She is also now part of the Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition legacy. This year’s Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition marked its 75th anniversary in Columbus. Earlier this year, doubts surfaced about the pageant returning Columbus in 2019 until a February news conference hosted by pageant and city officials confirmed the event would return to Columbus.
“I know there are so many amazing women that have come before me and done so many great things for the state so I definitely have big shoes to fill and I’m looking forward to trying my best to live up to their legacy,” Hill said.
Other winners include:
▪ First runner-up: Alexa Giloman, Miss Cobb County. Receives a $5,000 scholarship.
▪ Second runner-up: Kelsey Hollis, Miss Warner Robins. Receives a $2,500 scholarship.
▪ Third runner-up: Holly Haynes, Miss Historic Buford. Receives a $2,000 scholarship.
▪ Fourth runner-up: Lyndsay Richardson, Miss Troup County. Receives a $1,000 scholarship.
▪ Semifinalists, each receiving a $500 scholarship, are: Miss Fitzgerald Torianna Wilson, Miss Golden Isles Destiny Levant, Miss Stone Mountain Fallon Robinson, Miss Southern Rivers Carley Vogel, Miss Stone Mountain Yellow Daisy Sarah Archer, Miss Northwest Georgia Mackenzie Marable and Miss Flint River Grace Hendry.
Also, Mary Wilhelmina Hodges, Miss Greater Atlanta’s Outstanding Teen, was crowned Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen at the competition Saturday evening. Hodges, 14, is from Louisville and performed a tap dance as her talent. She receives a $2,500 scholarship.
Other winners in the outstanding teen competition are:
▪ First runner-up: Destiny Kluck, Miss Historic Buford’s Outstanding Teen. Receives a $1,500 scholarship.
▪ Second runner-up: Megan Wright, Miss Rome’s Outstanding Teen. Receives a $1,000 scholarship.
▪ Third runner-up: Hope Fowler, Miss Capital City’s Outstanding Teen. Receives a $750 scholarship.
▪ Fourth runner-up: Grace Gebara, Miss Northwest Georgia’s Outstanding Teen. Receives a $500 scholarship.
▪ Semifinalists, each receiving a $250 scholarship, are: Miss Albany’s Outstanding Teen Kaitlyn Tanner, Miss Troup County’s Outstanding Teen Jessica Roberts, Miss Starr’s Mill’s Outstanding Teen Sydney Turnier, Miss Magnolia’s Outstanding Teen Jillian Higgins, Miss Gwinnett County’s Outstanding Teen Sallie Stowers, Miss Atlanta’s Outstanding Teen Rebecca Zhang and Miss Peachtree City’s Outstanding Teen Shelby Gray.
Twenty-nine women competed for the title of Miss Georgia 2019 and 31 young women competed to be crowned Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen 2019. Hill advances to the Miss America competition in September, and Hodges will compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in July.