Miss Georgia 2009 gives up crown; runner-up takes reign

By Andrew Wittenberg  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Miss Capital City Kristina Higgins, who took home the 2009 Miss Georgia crown on Saturday night at the Columbus RiverCenter, has given up the title to first runner-up, Miss Cobb County, Emily Cook.

In a press release from the Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant, Higgins commented on her decision.

"Due to my current job responsibilities as a middle school teacher and the responsibilities and time commitment as Miss Georgia, I have decided not to fulfill the duties of Miss Georgia 2009.  I am grateful for the opportunity to have been chosen as Miss Georgia and fully support the system and wish Emily Cook the best of luck."

Cook, 22, is a University of Miami graduate and plans to attend law school at the University of Georgia.

Cook is scheduled to appear live on News Leader Nine at 6:00 tonight.