Miss Central Atlanta USA, Brittany Sharp accepted her new crown from the reigning Miss Georgia USA, Jasmyn Wilkins. Finalists for the Miss Georgia USA crown were Miss North Marietta USA, Jamie Kelton; Miss Monticello USA, Tiana Griggs; Miss Southern Heartland USA, Keri Crosby and Miss Columbus USA, Cassie Lee.
Safisha Thembeka, Miss Midtown Atlanta USA, was honored by her peers as Miss Congeniality. Miss Calhoun USA, Valeria Perez was chosen as Miss Photogenic. Receiving the People’s Choice Award — which was chosen by monetary votes benefitting Cartersville’s Tranquility House — was Miss Northwest Georgia USA, Brooke Dixon.
Crowned earlier Saturday night was Miss Georgia Teen USA, Julia Martin, Miss Heart of Georgia Teen USA. She accepted her new crown and title from the reigning Miss Georgia Teen USA, Courtney Lynne Smits. Runners-up were Miss Northeast Georgia Teen USA, Kaitlin Tatum; Miss Mableton Teen USA, Brittany Pritchett; Miss Kennesaw Teen USA, Amelia Hunt and Miss Sugar Hill Teen USA, Olivia Diedrich.
Imani Phillips, representing Fulton County, was awarded the People’s Choice Teen Award. Teen winner Julia Martin was also chosen as Miss Congeniality, while Miss Rockdale Teen USA, Melike Saylan earned the Miss Photogenic title.
Angelique Lewis, who represented Bartow County in the Miss Georgia Teen USA pageant, did not place in the top 15 contestants.
Miss Georgia USA judges were Morten Andersen, the all-time leading scorer in NFL history as well as for the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints; Chester Ricks, model, actor and titleholder agent; Jennifer Prodgers Johnson, real estate agent and Miss Georgia USA 1992; Amy Colley Tyson, Miss Tennessee USA 2005 and registered nurse and Gregg McCoy, Texas-based pageant producer.
Serving as Miss Georgia Teen USA judges were Lee Baalman, a speech/language pathologist in Kansas City; Annette Navarro, global advertising photographer and music manager with The Artist Partnership; Brian Bremer, film and TV casting consultant with The People Store, the Southeast’s largest talent agency; Amy Kirchen, owner of the AMY KIRCHEN Boutique, Cincinnati’s premier women’s wear designer and Jai Harelson, marketing and advertising expert, and team consultant for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rid de Janeiro.
The 2013 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 is a former Miss Tennessee USA and the wife of entertainer and Grammy award winner, Lee Greenwood.
The Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau led the Cartersville Host City efforts for the sixth consecutive year. For more information see www.MissGeorgiaUSA.com or www.VisitCartersvilleGA.org. The Cartersville-Bartow CVB is the official destination marketing organization for Cartersville, Adairsville and all of Bartow County.