Two young women will be representing Warner Robins in the Miss Georgia Outstanding Teen pageant next summer. The two young women were crowned July 23 at the annual Miss Warner Robins pageant.
Keerti Soundappan, who is a freshman at Houston County High School, was crowned Miss Warner Robins Outstanding Teen. Keerti has been active in FBLA, Partner’s Club and quiz bowl team and was freshman class secretary.
She has won numerous awards including the School Leadership Award for two consecutive years and the NFMC Superior Guitar Solo for six consecutive years. She won the postcard design contest for the Plains, Georgia, Peanut Festival and has won region FBLA presentation competitions, as well as being a state finalist. She has been a United States Tennis Association Level 5 Tournament Champion three times.
She finished in the top 15 of the 2014 regional spelling bee and is a member of the Houston County varsity tennis team. She is well-traveled and has visited 25 states and even swam in the Ganges River. She is an assistance teacher for Bharatanatyam Arangetram (Indian Classical Dance). Keerti’s plaform is “#ConfidentlyMe: Peer Support for Prevention of Eating Disorders,” and she hopes to bring an awareness to eating disorders as well as ideas for preventing them.
Miss International City Outstanding Teen 2017 is Annie Swan. She is a freshman at Thomas Jefferson Academy, where she is on the Headmaster’s List. Annie is a member of the softball, basketball, tennis and track teams, as well as the cheerleading squad.
She has been taking dance lessons for 12 years and was named Miss Southern Dance Connection this year. She has won other awards in dance, including a National Champion Tap Title at the DanZa National Dance Competition in Boca Raton, Florida.
At the 2015 Miss Georgia Outstanding Teen Pageant, Annie was awarded a non-finalist talent award winner as Miss Emanuel County’s Outstanding Teen, and she was named third runner-up and Overall Fitness Winner as Miss Macon’s Outstanding Teen at the 2016 Outstanding Teen Pageant.
Annie has chosen for her platform “Raise a Voice for ALS” and has raised more than $37,000 for ALS research by doing various fundraisers, including selling snow cones at school events, hosting a tennis tournament and creating a team for the ALS Walk. Annie chose ALS as her platform in memory of her grandfather, who passed away from ALS.