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Columbus contestants on Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant

COLUMBUS, GA -

The 33 ladies vying for the 2012 title of Miss Georgia are making it a tough competition at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus. Thursday was the second day the ladies hit the stage for preliminary competition.

"We got all our first night jitters out. I do my talent tonight so I'm just excited to get out there and sing a song that I have been working on for several months now. I've got a lot of friends and family in the audience so it is going to be nice to sing for them," said Cassie Lee, Miss Historic Southern Plains.

Lee joins ranks with two other contestants who attend Columbus State University.

For Amarinda Trear, Miss Columbus State University, making it to the Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant for the first time took a ton of support.

"That's when having parents, friends, and a really great board comes in handy. They remind you to stay relaxed and that all in all it is a pageant, and if you do your best, that's all that really matters in the long run," said Trear.

Miss Heart of the City Shelby Rice, also from Columbus and a CSU junior, says while all the young women are competing for the chance to represent Georgia in the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, it is also a chance to meet amazing people.

"These girls are smart and genuine, and it is really encouraging to be around these girls who have really incredible morals and character and really want to see a difference in the world," said Rice.

As they smile and wave their way throughout the week, Malone Galster, Miss Columbus, says they are all dreaming of Saturday when one of them will wear the crown.

"Miss Georgia is a job, and that is something you would take on for a year. So, I would stop my schooling for a year and completely just take over the job of Miss Georgia and it would be an amazing, as Cassie said, life changing opportunity," said Galster.

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