Miss Houston County Outstanding Teen Kelsey Hollis won her second preliminary in the Miss Georgia Outstanding Teen pageant.
Kelsey, 16, a rising senior at Houston County High School, won the evening wear competition Thursday night at the RiverCenter for Performing Arts in Columbus.
Miss Capital City Outstanding Teen Yuri-Grace Ohashi, whose grandmother lives in Macon, was named a preliminary talent winner with her character pointe dance.
Nearly 100 young women are vying for state crowns in the scholarship pageants.
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Last year, Miss Macon’s Outstanding Teen Victoria Smith, of Sandersville, tap danced her way to win the state pageant.
In 2014, Miss Warner Robins Outstanding Teen Olivia McMillan, of Centerville, not only captured the state title, but was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015.
The new Miss Georgia Outstanding Teen will be crowned Friday night, and Kelsey’s two preliminary wins make her one of the favorites going into final competition.
The new Miss Georgia will be selected Saturday night in Columbus.
In that competition Thursday night, Miss Golden Isles Alyssa Beasley was named a preliminary winner in the swimsuit category and Miss Capital City Patricia Ford was named a preliminary talent winner with her ballet performance.
Last year, Miss Warner Robins 2015 Betty Cantrell won the state pageant and later was crowned Miss America in Atlantic City.