Miss McDonough wins 2012 Miss Georgia Teen USA
by John DeFoor
Nov 20, 2011 | 7770 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtney Lynne Smits waves to the crowd after being crowned Miss Georgia Teen USA Saturday afternoon.
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Courtney Lynne Smits waves to the crowd after being crowned Miss Georgia Teen USA Saturday afternoon. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Courtney Smits, Miss McDonough Teen USA, won the 2012 Miss Georgia Teen USA, held at Woodland High School Saturday afternoon.

Smits competed against 79 other girls from all over Georgia for the crown. Minutes before her victory she was asked if television shows such as Jersey Shores affect teenagers' behavior and if they promote bad behavior. She replied, "Shows do not influence me because my mom taught me to live in the real world." She went on to discuss the importance of the parents' role.

Miss Buford Teen USA Valentina Urrego was awarded Miss Congeniality, Miss Alpharetta Teen USA Robyn Spreen was awarded Most Photogenic, and Miss John's Creek Teen USA Savannah Chrisley was awarded the 2012 People's Choice Award.

Also competing in the competition were Bartow County contestants Jordan Simpson as Miss Taylorsville and Samantha Plott as Miss Motor Speedway.

"It's just a really fun experience to get to know people and get out there," Simpson said.

Simpson said her mother was in the pageant as a teenager, therefore Simpson decided to do the pageant as well. She thanked her mother "for being there and helping me all the way."

Simpson is currently a junior at Woodland High School where she is a cheerleader and manager for her high school wrestling team. She hopes to become a veterinarian and go to the University of Tennessee. She said she will most likely compete next year as well.

"In the previous years that I have competed for Miss Georgia Teen I have represented Cartersville but I actually represented Motor Speedway this year," Plott said. "It's been a dream of mine to be Miss Georgia Teen USA but it didn't happen and that's okay because it just wasn't in God's plan for me this year. I actually grew as a person throughout all this and I feel like I did better on that stage than I ever had before. I feel good, I have confidence about it. I have no reason to be upset."

Plott attends Cass High School where she is a senior. She has applied for the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and would like to work in the medical field.

The pageant ran from Nov. 17 to 19. Saturday's event, which began at 3:30 p.m., was hosted by Paul Ossmann -- an Atlanta television personality -- and Tiffany Fallon -- Miss Georgia USA 2002. The event was followed by the Miss Georgia USA main event which began at 8 p.m where Miss Johns Creek USA Jasmyn Wilkins accepted her new crown from the reigning Miss Georgia USA Kaylin Reque of Suwannee.

The 2012 Miss Georgia USAand Miss Georgia Teen USA pageants were hosted by the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau.