Miss Georgia, Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen winners crowned

Credit: Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition

Credit: Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition

The winners of the titles of Miss Georgia and Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen were announced during the 77th Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition late Saturday evening.

The crown for Miss Georgia 2022 went to Miss Capital City Kelsey Hollis, the competition holders announced. Hollis, 22, is a resident of Warner Robins and attends the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Miss Gwinnett County’s Outstanding Teen Rebecca Zhang clinched the title of Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen 2022. Zhang is a Johns Creek resident and student at Chattahoochee High School.

The two winners were selected out of a pool of 90 candidates at the RiverCenter for Performing Arts in Columbus.

During the weeklong event, Hollis claimed multiple awards and accolades. She won the $300 Betty Cantrell scholarship for her social impact pitch and took home the George and Vickie Corrodino Fund award for her vocal performance in the talent competition.

Credit: Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition

Credit: Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition

Hollis previously was awarded the title of Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen. Her recent victory makes the second time in Miss Georgia history that a former outstanding teen has gone on to become Miss Georgia, the scholarship program said.

“I started this journey when I was 13 years old,” Hollis said, ”and I actually competed for a whole year and didn’t win a title. So being able to represent our state as a Miss, especially after being able to represent it as Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen in 2016, is not only an honor but a blessing.”

With the win, Hollis earned a $20,000 scholarship, a prize which is $5,000 greater than last year’s award.

Zhang took home a $5,000 scholarship for her victory, along with a $100 scholarship for the Evening Wear competition. For her talent, she showcased her dance abilities in a ballet performance en pointe.

Credit: Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition

Credit: Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition

Both crownholders will now begin preparing for individual nation competitions, according to Trina Pruitt, CEO/executive director of the Miss Georgia Scholarship Organization.

Hollis will now begin preparing for the Miss America competition, which will be held at the Mohegan Sun resort in Connecticut. Dates for that program have not been finalized.

“With teamwork we managed to execute a great event,” Pruitt said. “We thank each and every person that contributed to this year’s success and look forward to seeing everyone next year in Columbus.”