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.