Miss Suwanee USA Kaylin Reque accepted her new crown from the reigning Miss Georgia USA Cassady Lance of Savannah.
Crowned earlier in the evening was Miss Georgia Teen USA Kristen Robinson, Miss Stone Mountain Teen USA. She accepted her new crown and title from the reigning Miss Georgia Teen USA Caroline Wade of Acworth.
The new titleholders received numerous prizes, including an $8,000 prize package donated by Cartersville-Bartow County businesses. Most notably, the winners received diamond crown rings, uniquely designed by Bob Staley, The Jewelry Artisan of Cartersville.
Hosts for both events were Paul Ossmann, 11 Alive Meteorologist, and Lisa Wilson Ritter, Miss Georgia USA 2006. Miss Georgia USA judges were Shannon Patterson, real estate agent, skin care consultant and the reigning Mrs. Texas America; David Lang, an International Flight Attendant Purser and owner of Regalia Magnificent Apparel in Orlando; Emmy-nominated journalist Holly Arnold, former co-host of NBC's "Atlanta & Company;" Dr. Dennis Wells, founder of the Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, musician, and philanthropist with appearances on ABC's hit show, "Extreme Makeover," and on The Learning Channel series, "A Personal Story;" and Jeffrey Umberger, owner of Umberger Agency in Atlanta specializing in voice-over and print modeling.
Serving as Miss Georgia Teen USA judges were Deb Knoske, celebrity and fashion photographer and photo director with New View Management Group; former Major League Baseball Pitcher John Patterson; entrepreneur and former pageant competitor Tonya Gregg; Kevin Chumley, model and national champion gymnast; and Kristen Motil, Miss Tennessee USA 2009.
The 2011 Miss Georgia USA and Miss Georgia Teen USA will go on to represent Georgia in the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageants, productions of the Miss Universe Organization and co-owned by NBC and Donald Trump. The Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi pageants are produced by Kimberly Payne Greenwood of Greenwood Productions.
Greenwood had this to say about the new title holders, "These women are savvy, goal-oriented and aware. The delegates who become part of the Miss Universe Organization display those characteristics in their everyday lives, both as individuals, who compete with the hope of advancing their careers, personal and humanitarian goals, and as women who seek to improve the lives of others."
The 2011 Miss Georgia USA and Miss Georgia Teen USA pageants were hosted by the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information see www.MissGeorgiaUSA.com. To learn more about the Host City efforts, see www.NotAtlanta.org or call 770-387-1357.