Miss Georgia 2018 Annie Jorgensen is introduced to a crowd gathered at SunTrust Park for the May 16 Braves game. Her successor will be chosen June 15. ALYSSA POINTER / ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM
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Miss Georgia 2019: Meet the contestants competing for the crown

Nearly 30 women are ready to compete for the title of Miss Georgia 2019. The pageant is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and the competition kicks off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12. 

All 29 contestants will take part in the revamped competition, which includes talent, on-stage question, evening wear featuring a social impact initiative statement and private interview. This is the first year without a swimsuit competition in Miss Georgia history.


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Preliminary competition will be held at 7 p.m. June 12, 13 and 14, with the final night on June 15. Preliminary competition will determine who competes in the Saturday finals.


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The contestants who will take the River Center stage in Columbus are:

Miss Albany, Faith White
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Miss Albany, Faith White

Age: 21

Hometown: Albany

Talent: Broadway song and dance

Miss Augusta University, Morgan Mitchell
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Miss Augusta University, Morgan Mitchell

Age: 22

Hometown: Midway

Talent: Spoken word

Miss Capital City, Victoria Hill
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Miss Capital City, Victoria Hill

Age: 20

Hometown: Canton

Talent: Classical vocal

Miss Cherokee Rose, Shannon Murphy
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Miss Cherokee Rose, Shannon Murphy

Age: 22

Hometown: Marietta

Talent: Contemporary vocal

Miss Cherry Blossom Macon, Michaela Heide
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Miss Cherry Blossom Macon, Michaela Heide

Age: 21

Hometown: Warner Robins

Talent: Contemporary ballet en pointe

Miss Cobb County, Alexa Gilomen
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Miss Cobb County, Alexa Gilomen

Age: 22

Hometown: Suwanee

Talent: Pop vocal

Miss Columbus State University, Safiyyah Abdullah
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Miss Columbus State University, Safiyyah Abdullah

Age: 22

Hometown: Columbia, S.C.

Talent: Classical violin

Miss Empire of the South, Allie Griffis
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Miss Empire of the South, Allie Griffis

Age: 21

Hometown: Eastman

Talent: Tap dance

Miss Fitzgerald, Torianna Wilson
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Miss Fitzgerald, Torianna Wilson

Age: 24

Hometown: Alpharetta

Talent: Pop vocal

Miss Flint River, Grace Hendry
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Miss Flint River, Grace Hendry

Age: 25

Hometown: Ft. Benning

Talent: Broadway vocal

Miss Georgia Southern University, Lauren Kirksey
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Miss Georgia Southern University, Lauren Kirksey

Age: 22

Hometown: Baxley

Talent: American sign language

Miss Golden Isles, Destiny Levant
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Miss Golden Isles, Destiny Levant

Age: 24

Hometown: Reidsville

Talent: Tap dance

Miss Gwinnett County, Katie Hlavaty
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Miss Gwinnett County, Katie Hlavaty

Age: 23

Hometown: Macon

Talent: Tap dance

Miss Historic Buford, Holly Haynes
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Miss Historic Buford, Holly Haynes

Age: 23

Hometown: Sugar Hill

Talent: Jazz vocal

Miss Historic Columbus, Maloreigh Todd
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Miss Historic Columbus, Maloreigh Todd

Age: 19

Hometown: Columbus

Talent: Tap dance

Miss Hummingbird Festival, Darlyn Davis
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Miss Hummingbird Festival, Darlyn Davis

Age: 22

Hometown: Kathleen

Talent: Classic rock vocal

Miss International City, Taylor Burrell
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Miss International City, Taylor Burrell

Age: 20

Hometown: Tyrone

Talent: Pop vocal

Miss Macon, Jazmine Barden
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Miss Macon, Jazmine Barden

Age: 22

Hometown: Eastman

Talent: Tap dance

Miss Magnolia, Sydney Hillman
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Miss Magnolia, Sydney Hillman

Age: 23

Hometown: Augusta

Talent: Vocal

Miss Middle West Georgia, Sarah Templeton
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Miss Middle West Georgia, Sarah Templeton

Age: 19

Hometown: Marietta

Talent: Lyrical dance

Miss Northwest Georgia, MacKenzie Marable
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Miss Northwest Georgia, MacKenzie Marable

Age: 24

Hometown: Rome

Talent: Contemporary dance

Miss Rome, Cara Clements
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Miss Rome, Cara Clements

Age: 19

Hometown: Fayetteville

Talent: Jazz Vocal

Miss Southern Rivers, Carley Vogel
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Miss Southern Rivers, Carley Vogel

Age: 18

Hometown: Acworth

Talent: Classical vocal

Miss Stone Mountain, Fallon Robinson
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Miss Stone Mountain, Fallon Robinson

Age: 18

Hometown: Dallas

Talent: Lyrical gymnastics

Miss Stone Mountain Yellow Daisy, Sarah Archer
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Miss Stone Mountain Yellow Daisy, Sarah Archer

Age: 24

Hometown: Dawsonville

Talent: Irish step dance

Miss Troup County, Lyndsay Richardson
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Miss Troup County, Lyndsay Richardson

Age: 23

Hometown: Bonaire

Talent: Classical vocal

Miss University of Georgia, Briana Hayes
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Miss University of Georgia, Briana Hayes

Age: 20

Hometown: Baxley

Talent: Contemporary piano

Miss Warner Robins, Kelsey Hollis
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Miss Warner Robins, Kelsey Hollis

Age: 19

Hometown: Warner Robins

Talent: Contemporary vocal

Miss Wildcat, Isabella Kicklighter
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Miss Wildcat, Isabella Kicklighter

Age: 18

Hometown: St. Mary’s

Talent: Hip-hop dance


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