71st Annual Miss Georgia Pageant kicks off at RiverCenter

71st Annual Miss Georgia Pageant kicks off at RiverCenter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - One lucky Georgia woman is now officially on her way to realizing her dream. The 2015 Miss Georgia competition has kicked off in Columbus at the Bill Heard Theater at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

This is the 71st annual Miss Georgia competition. Women from across the state showed off their various talents in the preliminary rounds, trying to persuade the judges that they deserve to wear the coveted "Miss Georgia" crown.

Event organizers say they're impressed with the support shown by the Columbus community.

"We just enjoyed having everyone here in Columbus because the support of the surrounding area is phenomenal," said pageant spokeswoman Wendy Henderson. "There's such an excitement to have such an important event in our community."

The preliminary competitions included Lifestyle and Fitness, Talent, and Evening Wear. Contestants were also judged in private interviews earlier in the week.

Thursday night's preliminary winners are as follows:

  • Tyler Tritt, Miss Cobb County's Outstanding Teen - Evening Wear, On-stage Question
  • Yuri-Grace Ohashi, Miss Starr's Mill's Outstanding Teen- Preliminary Talent Winner
  • Patricia Ford, Miss Cobb County- Lifestyle and Fitness
  • Brooke Doss, Miss Troup County- Talent Category

Wednesday night's preliminary winners are as follows:

  • Victoria Smith, Miss Macon's Outstanding Teen – Evening Wear, On-stage Question
  • Lelyn Stewart, Miss International City's Outstanding Teen – Talent (Tap Dance Routine)
  • Brooke Doss, Miss Troup County – Lifestyle and Fitness
  • Betty Cantrell, Miss Warner Robins – Talent (Classical Vocal)

Preliminary competition will continue through Friday, June 19. The final night of competition will be held Saturday, June 20, when Miss Georgia 2015 and Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2015 will both be crowned.

The winners will represent Georgia at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City on September 13 and Miss America's Outstanding Teen in Orlando on August 1.

The Miss American Organization is the largest scholarship provider for young women, making available more than $45 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance each year.

Earlier on Wednesday, the 43 Miss Georgia contestants visited Midtown Medical Center to learn about the Children's Miracle Network. They toured the Children's Hospital and the High Risk and Special Care Nurseries to learn how they can become involved with CMN at the local level. Children's Miracle Network is the official national platform of the Miss America Organization.

In all, 90 young women and teens from across the state are in Columbus competing for academic scholarships and the titles of Miss Georgia 2015 and Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2015.

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