Miss Macon's Outstanding Teen wins state title

For the second straight year, Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen hails from Middle Georgia.

Victoria Smith, of Sandersville, was crowned Saturday during the Miss Georgia Pageant in Columbus. She was competing as Miss Macon's Outstanding Teen.

The Brentwood School senior will succeed Olivia McMillan, of Warner Robins, who went on to win the national title last year.

“My heart is racing with excitement,” said April Montgomery, executive director of the Miss Macon Pageant. “Victoria is a beautiful person, inside and out.”

Smith got off to a great start Wednesday by winning the evening wear and onstage question preliminary competition.

Her pageant application stated she believed Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen “should use her crown to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”

Smith has created mentoring programs at her school that partners high school students with first and second graders and through Facebook encouraged adults to participate, too.

When she turned 17, she began volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club where she mentors up to 150 participants weekly.

“Some people are gifted with the ability to walk into a room and put a smile on anyone’s face while others are able to kick a 60-yard field goal,” she wrote in her application. “My goal as a mentor is to help everyone become the most ‘outstanding’ version of themselves possible.”

In the talent competition, Smith tap danced to “Ease on Down the Road” from the musical "The Wiz."

Smith’s resume states she once cooked Thanksgiving dinner for 170 people on the mission field, hiked and skied down an active volcano and can parallel park a hearse, which she learned to do through her family’s funeral business.

Smith will be competing for the national title in July.