Warner Robins pageant queens crowned

Sun News correspondentJuly 31, 2013 

SPECIAL TO THE SUN NEWSMiss Warner Robins’ Outstanding Teen Olivia McMillan, Miss Warner Robins Michele Johnson, Miss International City Courtney Walker and Miss International City’s Outstanding Teen Sara DeLoach.

Michele Johnson was crowned Miss Warner Robins and Courtney Walker was crowned Miss International City at the Homer J. Walker Jr. Civic Center on Saturday night.

Johnson is the 57th Miss Warner Robins, carrying on a tradition that started in 1958. Walker is the first to be crowned Miss International City.

Johnson is a 2009 graduate of Northside High School and graduated from Georgia Southern in May with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. She competed at the 2013 Miss Georgia pageant this summer as Miss Tri-Rivers.

“It was the opportunity to perform that first sparked my interest in pageants,” Johnson said. “But I love that they also give me the opportunity to serve my community and to promote my personal platform, which is breast cancer education and awareness.”

Johnson said she was excited about the opportunity to go back to the Miss Georgia pageant.

“It was a full schedule with really early mornings and really late nights, but it was such a rewarding experience,” Johnson said.

Walker is a former Miss Warner Robins and Miss Warner Robins High School and also competed at the Miss Georgia pageant this summer as Miss South Central Georgia. She is a student in the University of Georgia’s College of Pharmacy.

Walker said she was “beyond excited” about having the chance to represent the city of Warner Robins for a second time.

“The title of Miss Warner Robins is the title of a lifetime and to have the chance to come back to my Warner Robins family there is just no greater honor,” Walker said.

Walker finished as second runner up in the 2013 Miss Georgia pageant. In the 2012 pageant competing as Miss Warner Robins, she finished in the top 10.

Miss Warner Robins was the first pageant of the Miss Georgia year, so Walker said winning not only gives her the chance of representing her hometown but also helps toward her goal of becoming Miss Georgia.

“It just happened perfectly. I can focus on the Miss Georgia competition and represent Warner Robins,” Walker said.

Also during the pageant, Sara DeLoach was crowned Miss International City’s Outstanding Teen and Olivia McMillan was crowned Miss Warner Robins’ Outstanding Teen.

DeLoach is going into the 11th grade at Pinewood Christian Academy in Claxton. She went to Miss Georgia this summer as Miss Altamaha’s Outstanding Teen. She has won numerous other local titles.

“I just love the organization,” DeLoach said. “It is a lot of good experiences and good friends and something that I am really passionate about.”

Involved in pageants since she was 10, DeLoach, now 16, said she would not be as confident of a person without her pageant experiences.

“Along with the confidence I have gained, I have been able to accomplish a lot of goals for myself,” she said.

McMillan is the reigning Miss Northside High School and a former Miss Dogwood Teen. She will be entering the 11th grade this year. This will be her first trip to Miss Georgia.

“I am extremely excited about becoming a better me and being able to represent Northside High too when I go,” she said.

She said individuality was important to her and wanted to communicate that to others.

“I really want to show that beauty pageants are more than walking on stage in a pretty dress,” she said. “It is a goal of mine to maintain my individuality and to remember who I am and what I stand for in life. I believe pageants are a chance to do that and also an amazing opportunity to represent the community and to gain life skills that I will use as an adult.”

Earlier in the afternoon, the Warner Robins Princess pageant was held. Teeny Miss Warner Robins is Zoey Elser, Tiny Miss Warner Robins is Remelie Ann Heide, Little Miss Warner Robins is Mary Gable Rowland and Junior Miss Warner Robins is Kynley Mixon.

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

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