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Miss Capital City Maggie Bridges named Miss Georgia 2014

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 Editor's Note: We will have on-demand video and photos from Saturday's finale posted here later Sunday.

The 70th Annual Miss Georgia Pageant concluded Saturday at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Georgia. Eighty women from across the state have been competing for academic scholarship and the titles of Miss Georgia 2014 and Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen 2014. Contestants have competed in preliminary competitions of Interview, Lifestyle and Fitness, Talent, and Evening Wear leading up to tonight’s final competition.

The night began with the naming of the top ten contestants for the Miss Georgia and Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen competitions. The top ten outstanding teen contestants were: Analise Kucera (Capital City), Emma Kate Fugh (University of Georgia), Abigail Feltner (Starr’s Mill), Sarah Deloach (International City), Emma Wernecke (Peachtree City), Anna Tucker (Cobb County), Anna Maley (Greater Columbus), Olivia McMillian (Warner Robins), Ansley Hawkins (Gwinnett County), and Lizzy Stanford (Troup County). The top ten contestants then competed in Lifestyle and Fitness, Talent, and Evening Wear competitions. Before announcing the finalists, overall awards for the highest score in each category were given. Each contestant received a $250 scholarship. They include: Interview- Sarah Deloach (Capital City), Talent-Olivia McMillian (Warner Robins), Evening Wear-Olivia McMillian (Warner Robins), Lifestyle and Fitness-Emma Wernecke (Peachtree City). Olivia McMillian was then selected as Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen 2014, receives $1500 in scholarship awards, and has the opportunity to compete in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant on August 2, 2014, in Orlando, Florida. Also receiving scholarship awards were Abigail Feltner (Starr’s Mill) first runner-up ($750), Emma Wernecke (Peachtree City) second runner-up ($500), Emma Kate Fugh (University of Georgia) third runner-up ($350), and Anna Maley (Greater Columbus) fourth runner-up ($250). The remaining top ten receive a $150 scholarship. Receiving a $150 scholarship as a non-finalist interview award winner were: Karson Pennington (Valdosta State University), Caroline Schulte (Cherokee Rose), Melanie Wood (Presidential Pathways), Ashleigh Proctor (Historic Gwinnett), and Grace Abercrombie (Conyers Cherry Blossom). The non-finalist talent award winners receiving a $150 scholarship were: McKenna Locke (Valdosta State University), Olivia Grego (Lake Lanier), Emily Harlow (Snellville), Morgan Giesler (Mount Paran), and Melanie Wood (Presidental Pathways).

The top ten Miss Georgia contestants were: Patricia Lin Ford (Cherokee Rose), Michelle Johnson (Warner Robins), Brooke Doss (Fulton County), Maggie Bridges (Capital City), Gabrielle Booth (Lake Lanier), Hilary Pulos (Savannah River), Courtney Walker (International City), Adeline Kenerly (University of Georgia), Taylor Voyles (Cobb County), and Betty Cantrell (Presidential Pathways). After competing in Lifestyle and Fitness, Talent, and Evening Wear competitions, Taylor Voyles (Cobb County), Courtney Walker (International City), Betty Cantrell (Presidential Pathways), Michelle Johnson (Warner Robins), and Maggie Bridges (Capital City) were named the top five finalists. The top five then answered onstage questions before learning that Maggie Bridges was selected as Miss Georgia 2014. She receives $15,000 in scholarship awards and will represent Georgia in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 14, 2014. Additionally, scholarships were awarded to Taylor Voyles (Cobb County) first runner-up ($7,500), Betty Cantrell (Presidential Pathways) second runner-up ($5,000), Courtney Walker (International City) third runner-up ($3,500), and Michelle Johnson (Warner Robins) fourth runner-up ($2,500). The remaining top ten receive a $1,500 scholarship. Receiving a $500 scholarship as a non-finalist interview award winner were: Courtney Hinesley (Gwinnett County), Reedi Hawkins (Historic Southern Plains), Marlena Collins (Georgia State University), Heather Burgess (Rome), and Haley Henderson (Columbus). The non-finalist Frances Frazier talent award winners receiving a $500 scholarship were: Carmella Turner (Macon), Gloria Nix (Conyers Cherry Blossom, Charlene Bibeau (Southeast Georgia), Shelby Rice (Atlanta), and Sidney Shadrix (Troup County). Before announcing the finalists, overall awards for the highest score in each category were given. Each contestant received a $500 scholarship. They include: Interview-Mary Ashley Tucker (Apple Capital), Talent-Betty Cantrell (Presidential Pathways), Evening Wear-Courtney Walker (International City), Lifestyle and Fitness-Maggie Bridges (Capital City).

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

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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