They are beautiful, talented and committed, and this time next week, they will be competing for the title of Miss Georgia.
Sunday afternoon, the Miss Warner Robins board hosted its annual send-off celebration at City Hall. On hand were the three young ladies who will represent Warner Robins in the Miss Georgia and Miss Georgias Outstanding Teen pageants that will be held June 19-22 in Columbus.
Charlene Bibeau, Miss Warner Robins; Sydney Hillman, Miss Warner Robins Outstanding Teen; and Carmen Foskey, Miss International Citys Outstanding Teen, modeled the clothes they will be wearing at the pageant and performed their individual talents at the send-off.
Bibeau, who went to Miss Georgia last year as Miss Georgia Southern University, said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to go back representing her hometown.
It is an honor. This is where I grew up, Bibeau said. This is the International City, and my heritage is an international background. Bibeau has Puerto Rican, French Canadian and Korean lineage.
Bibeau will play the piano for her talent and performed a piece for the crowd. She also spoke about her platform, Art from the Start.
Carmen Foskey, Miss International Citys Outstanding Teen, will be performing the Beatles standard, I Want to Hold Your Hand for her talent; her platform is the Ronald McDonald House.
Platforms are the true core of Miss America, Miss Georgia and Miss Warner Robins, said Foskey, who went on to describe her personal connection in choosing the Ronald McDonald House as her platform.
Miss Warner Robins Outstanding Teen, Sydney Hillman, has chosen teen volunteerism as her platform. She will be singing, Ave Maria for her talent. She competed last year at Miss Georgia as Miss Southeast Georgia.
I have had a wonderful board, and I am very ready, Hillman said.
During their fashion show parade, the young women spoke about their year preparing for the Miss Georgia pageant.
The difference for me is that I have prepared emotionally as well this year, said Foskey, who finished in the top five last year as Miss Warner Robins Outstanding Teen. I have concentrated on who I am and what I stand for. I think if you have confidence in those things everything else will fall into place.
Along with the three official representatives, three other young women with ties to Warner Robins will compete in the Miss Georgia pageant -- Michelle Johnson, Miss Tri Rivers; Courtney Walker, Miss South Central Georgia; and Taylor Peterson, Miss Historic Southern Plains Outstanding Teen.
For those who wish to contact the contestants during pageant week, there are two addresses. For cards mail to:
Name: (Example) Charlene Bibeau
Title: (Example) Miss Warner Robins
Rankin Events Office
Columbus, GA 31901
For flowers or gifts, mail to:
#25 West Tenth Street
Columbus, GA 31901
Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.