Wesleyan Student crowned Miss Georgia Peach

Sun News correspondentMarch 27, 2013 

Blaire Bagwell might just be the sweetest queen around.

Bagwell was crowned Miss Georgia Peach on March 16. The pageant was held in the Pettigrew Center on the campus of Fort Valley State University.

As Peach Queen, Bagwell will spend the next year serving as an ambassador for the industry and will reign over the Peach Festival to be held June 1-8 in Fort Valley and Byron.

A self-proclaimed homegrown Middle Georgia girl, Bagwell is a 2012 graduate of Warner Robins High School, where she was captain of the varsity cheerleading team, secretary of her class, a volunteer at Special Olympics and involved in the theater department. She is a freshman at Wesleyan College, where she is a nursing major, secretary of the freshman class and a member of many campus organizations.

Bagwell is committed to serving others. Community service is one of the main reasons she participates in pageants.

“Having a crown, you might look like a princess, but what you are is a role model for the younger generation,” Bagwell said. “It is so important to have a connection with your community and get to know the people.”

Bagwell, who also participates in the Miss Georgia system pageants, is a past Miss Southern Rivers Outstanding Teen. The platform that she promotes is the Ronald McDonald House.

“I had an experience in middle school with a friend who was in a horrible motorcycle wreck,” Bagwell said. “His family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House, and I met these wonderful dedicated people there and at the hospital. That experience inspired me to become a nurse and to make the Ronald McDonald House my platform.”

As for her upcoming year promoting the peach industry, Bagwell has brushed up on all things relating to peaches.

“I wanted to have facts so that when I talk to people, I can tell them interesting things about peaches. Like the fact that the peach is a member of the rose family,” Bagwell said.

She also is looking forward to is spending time with the younger girls who earned titles at the Miss Georgia Peach pageant.

“In the pageant world, you refer to them as sister queens,” Bagwell said. “That is exactly what they become. You form a bond that becomes inseparable just like a family.”

Also crowned at the Miss Georgia Peach Pageant were Teen Miss Georgia Peach Lizzy Stanford of Cuthbert, Junior Miss Georgia Peach Ashley Moore of Oglethorpe, Little Miss Georgia Peach Kalin Moultrie of Roswell and Tiny Miss Georgia Peach Kailey Burress of Perry.

Miss Georgia Peach: Blaire Bagwell of Warner Robins; first runner-up and Interview Award: Carla Penney of Vienna; second runner-up and Photogenic Award: Anna Barnes of Conyers; third runner-up: Marlena Collins of Edison; fourth runner-up: Keri Lynn Knight of Uvalda; Talent Award: Katie Thigpen of Folkston.

Teen Miss Georgia Peach and Interview Award: Lizzy Stanford of Cuthbert; first runner-up: Tiffany Pitts of Warner Robins; second runner-up: Virginia Wyckoff of Marietta; third runner-up: Elizabeth Albritton of Warner Robins; fourth runner-up: Caroline Rowland of Warner Robins; Photogenic Award: Samantha Gidney of Perry; Talent Award: Olivia McMillan of Centerville.

Junior Miss Georgia Peach and Prettiest Smile: Ashley Moore of Oglethorpe; first runner-up and Talent Award: Kelsey Hollis of Warner Robins; second runner-up: MaryGrace Roberts of Leesburg; third runner-up, People’s Choice Award and Prettiest Dress Award: Ashlyn Clay of Thomaston; fourth runner-up and Photogenic Award: Maggie Gilbert of Thomaston; Prettiest Hair Award: Emily Rowland of Warner Robins.

Little Miss Georgia Peach: Kalin Moultrie of Roswell; first runner-up and Photogenic Award: Lydia Anne Love of Americus; second runner-up, Prettiest Smile and Hair Award: Paris Olivia Biery of Leesburg; third runner-up: Dayla Faulk of Eastman; fourth runner-up and Prettiest Dress Award: Amelia Stanford of Cuthbert; Talent Award: Carleigh Bynum of Camilla; People’s Choice Award: McKenzie Hulett of Hawkinsville

Tiny Miss Georgia Peach: Kailey Burress of Perry; first runner-up: Olivia Rozell of Bonaire; second runner-up: Janey Meeks of Dublin; third runner-up: Presley DuBois of Cochran; fourth runner-up, Photogenic Award, Prettiest Smile and Hair Award: Ava Rose Spillers of Roberta; People’s Choice Award: Ava Hemphill of Thomaston; Prettiest Dress Award: Dannah Faulk of Eastman.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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