June 18, 2013
For the first time in a long time, there are more contestants from Columbus than any other city in the Miss Georgia Pageant.
They are Willietta Grant, Miss Columbus; Katelyn Pawlowski, Miss Columbus State University (who is actually from the suburb of Midland); Katie Grego, Miss Cumming Fair; Shelby Rice, Miss Gwinnett County; Cierra Jackson, Miss Rome; and Hayley Henderson, Miss Troup County.
Henderson, 23, noted that all of them, except Jackson, who goes to Spelman College, attend Columbus State University. Jackson, 21, and Grant, 23, went to Columbus High School.
Four of the six have competed in the state pageant before. Pawlowski, 20, and Grant are the newbies.
Preliminary competitions begin tonight, and the winner will be crowned Miss Georgia on Saturday. While they’re all eager to represent the state, they are already representing Columbus.
“I’ve turned into a mini-tour guide,” Grant said. When all 40 contestants go to various places around town, they are shuttled on a CSU bus. That’s when Grant and the other women start pointing out various places in town. “It’s great that we’re all from the same area,” Jackson said.
Pawlowski is happy to play hostess to the other 34 women in the pageant, she said.
The contestants are all staying in the CSU dormitories across the street from the RiverCenter. Away from their families and friends, the women have bonded with one another. But Jackson says she misses her mother.
Grego, 19, who still lives at home, laughs as she calls this week “a vacation from my family.”
Because cellphone and Internet use is limited, they are all grateful for “Hostess Headquarters,” where friends and family members can leave notes of encouragement and packages.
All of the contestants finished their 10-minute interviews with the judges Tuesday, but they’re more concerned about the opening number.
The opening number is something that Rice, 22, a non-dancer, is concerned about.
“We’ve been practicing,” she said.
It’s stressful because it’s the first time they all have to be on stage at the same time, Grant said. And they’re all doing choreography that on Pawlowski, a jazz dancer, is confident in doing.
The women participated in a pajama party Tuesday night with the 59 princesses, who are ages 6-12.
Being with the young girls allows them to see that the older girls are just like them.
“It’s just not the crown and the pretty dresses,” Pawlowski said.
“The crown is fun to wear, but it’s what you do and how you serve your community that counts,” Henderson said.
And should one of them become Miss Georgia Saturday, are they ready to give up a year of their lives?
“It’s a dream job,” Grant said.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
how she appears to the world = HR = 89 = Visually inspiring.
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