Miss Georgia Victoria Hill performs an aria in Miss America preliminary competition. Hill, of Canton, won the talent and on-stage interview preliminary awards ahead of Thursday's competition.
Photo: B. Vartan Boyajian/For The Washington Post
Photo: B. Vartan Boyajian/For The Washington Post

Miss Georgia places first runner-up at Miss America 2020 competition

Miss Georgia Victoria Hill is first runner-up to Miss America.

Victoria Hill, a 20-year-old Reinhardt University student, stood side-by-side with Camille Schrier, of Virginia, as both waited to learn who would become Miss America. Schrier took the title with a science demonstration as talent and a platform of knowing how to properly handle prescription drugs.

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Hill’s work on behalf of children in the foster system was a keystone of her competition. Hill tearfully talked about her work with foster children in a pre-recorded video in the Thursday broadcast.

“When you love and support children in foster care, you change their world, and that’s the most important thing,” Hill said.

Hill was asked in the on-stage interview portion about whether single women and LGBT people should be allowed to foster and adopt children. Hill emphatically responded yes.

“The biggest problem right now is that we don't have enough homes certified to foster,” Hill said.

In her social impact pitch, a new phase of Miss America competition, Hill again spoke about foster care. She urged more people to become certified to foster kids or otherwise work with children in the foster system. Hill has worked as an intern in a girls’ foster home, and she said she made sure the girls in that home knew they were loved and appreciated. 

A vocal performance student at Reinhardt University, Hill showcased her singing in the talent competition. She performed an aria from the French opera La Fille du Regiment, displaying her large vocal range and imbuing the 90-second performance with energy and personality. Hill won preliminary awards for talent and on-stage interview in preliminary competition earlier this week.

Hill does not leave empty-handed. She will take home a $25,000 scholarhip 

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