Rae Evans, a former Miss Dogwood Queen and a former Miss Perry High School, was crowned Miss U.S. National Forestry Peoples Choice Queen on Aug. 31 at the national pageant held in Tifton.
She also was selected by the other contestants in the pageant as Miss Congeniality. She competed in the pageant with her current title of Miss Houston County Forestry.
Rae is a junior at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where she is studying early childhood education. She is involved in numerous activities on campus, including being president of her sorority, Sigma Alpha.
The next year will be busy for Evans as she will be promoting both the forestry industry and her own individual platform of teen dating violence.
Already, just days after being crowned, her calendar has filled up with appearances at events across the South such as parades and festivals, as well as speaking to children at elementary schools about the importance of the forestry industry in the state of Georgia.
It really is a very prestigious title, Evans said. Not only because of all the appearances you have the opportunity to make but because the issues that you are bringing attention to is so important to so many people.
Rae will be part of a group that meets with the governor and state legislative members as well to discuss forestry.
We literally cannot live without forestry, Evans said. Think about all the things that forestry provides us -- the air we breathe, products like furniture and paper.
When we think of Georgia and agriculture, we think food crops, Evans said. But without trees, you dont have anything else.
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