Holly Haynes, Miss Historic Buford (left) won the on-stage question preliminary award. Victoria Hill, Miss Capital City, won the preliminary talent award.
Photo: Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition
Photo: Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition

Gwinnett, Atlanta queens win Miss Georgia preliminaries

Titleholders representing Buford and Atlanta won the first round of preliminary awards for Miss Georgia 2019 on Wednesday night.

Victoria Hill, Miss Capital City, won the preliminary talent award for her second year in a row. Hill sang a French aria from the opera “La Fille du Regiment.” She imbued the performance with character, wearing a boyish Renaissance style costume and acting throughout the 90-minute performance. The Reinhardt University music student displayed incredible vocal control and showcased her high range in the winning act.

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Holly Haynes, Miss Historic Buford, took home the preliminary on-stage question award. In the on-stage question competition, the Suwanee resident was asked whether worldwide connectivity between people via the internet was a positive or negative thing. She said it was positive because it would allow people to share encouraging words and make connections they may otherwise not be able to. 

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In the Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen competition, Miss Greater Atlanta’s Outstanding Teen Mary Wilhemina Hodges won the on-stage question and evening gown preliminary award. In a Cinderella-esque blue sequined ballgown, Hodges said more people could achieve the daily recommended 60 minutes of exercising by setting aside 10 or 30 minute intervals to get short workouts in.

Miss Historic Buford’s Outstanding Teen Destiny Kluck, a Kennesaw resident, won the teen talent preliminary award, performing a contemporary ballet en pointe routine. The choreography married traditional ballet with elements of tumbling and lyrical dance, set to jaunty classical instrumental music. 

Wednesday was the first night of competition for Miss Georgia. This year is the pageant’s 75th anniversary, and the organization is celebrating the anniversary by honoring Miss Georgia titleholders from all 75 years each night, beginning with those from the 40s and 50s Wednesday. 

Competition will continue Thursday. All contestants compete in each phase of competition over three days of preliminaries, and the scores from those three days determine who will make it to the top 12 and compete in the finals on Saturday.

You can watch each night of competition at 7 p.m. by visiting wrbl.com/watch-live.

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