Kelsey Hollis was crowned Miss Georgia Outstanding Teen during the 72nd annual competition Friday night at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.
Hollis, representing Houston County, will receive a $2,500 scholarship and the opportunity to compete in the 2016 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition starting on Aug. 2 in Orlando, Fla.
Miss Starr Mill Caroline Poole was named first runner-up and will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Second runner-up went to Miss Capital City Yuri-Grace Ohashi, who received a $1,000 scholarship.
Other runner ups included Miss Macon Annie Swan in third place, receiving a $750 scholarship, and Miss Atlanta Sabrina Elson in fourth, receiving $500. The remaining semifinalists received a $350 scholarship and the top 15 received a $250.
Forty-nine women from across the state competed for academic scholarship and the title of 2016 Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen this week in Columbus. Contestants have competed in preliminary competitions of Interview, Lifestyle and Fitness, Talent, and Evening Wear leading up to the final competition on Friday.
The night began with the naming of the top 15 for Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen. They were: Hollis; Miss Rome Sophie Marie Edwards; Miss Flint River Gabrielle D’Alesandro; Miss Lake Lanier Rayven Bailey; Miss Golden Isles Karrington Wilkes; Miss Columbus Maloreigh Todd; Elson; Miss Apple Capital Kendall Chamberlin; Poole; Swan; Miss Cobb County Carley Vogel; Miss Southeast Georgia Alaylla Watkins; Miss Kennesaw Megan Lawless; Ohashi; and Miss Warner Robbins Grace Thomas.
The top 15 then competed in Evening Wear before the field was narrowed to the top 10 semifinalists. The semifinalists were: Ohashi, Vogel, Poole, Watkins, Swan, Bailey, Elson, Thomas, Wilkes and Hollis. They then competed in Lifestyle and Fitness and Talent competitions before the top 5 finalists were announced.