Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Olivia McMillan was officially congratulated by residents of her hometown and numerous other people at an event held at the Century of Flight building at the Museum of Aviation on Sunday afternoon.
Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms, Centerville Mayor John Harley, and Tommy Stalnaker, chairman of the Houston County Board of Commissioners, were on hand along with officials from the Museum of Aviation and the Miss Warner Robins, Miss Georgia and Miss America organizations.
Many students and teachers from Northside High School, where McMillan is a senior, also were in attendance.
“This is just a beginning for you,” Stalnaker said. “The county is very proud of you.”
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Several former Miss Georgias were in attendance as well, including Amanda Kozak Miliner of Warner Robins, who won the Miss Georgia title as Miss Valdosta.
After she was crowned last month, McMillan returned home and immediately went back to school. She also had pageant obligations; she recently appeared at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. Plans were made to hold a homecoming celebration at a later date.
During Sunday’s event, McMillan was presented with the keys to the cities of Warner Robins, Centerville and Perry and a crystal cube from the Houston County commission.
A sign proclaiming that Warner Robins is the home to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen was shown to McMillan. It will be placed near the official “Welcome to Warner Robins” sign.
Abigail Feltner, who was first runner up in the Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen pageant, entertained the crowd and spoke about McMillan. Abigail was elevated to Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen after Olivia won Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.
“I met Olivia through the Miss Georgia pageant and I can’t think of a better person to be representing each of us. She is an inspiration,” Feltner said.
McMillan’s parents, Greg and Tracey McMillan, both spoke.
“I think it’s about being all God created us to be and knowing he meant for us to be just that,” Tracey McMillan said.
“I think God knows what he’s doing with each and every one of us and we should trust him in that. God made Olivia and blessed her with many special gifts and qualities. I believe we find her in this place today because she has somehow found a way to manifest much of the glory of God that is within her. It wasn’t something she strove for, it just sort of happened.”
At the conclusion of the formal presentations and speeches, McMillan thanked those in attendance for their support. She also sang two songs.
“I am just so fortunate to have grown up here in the International City. Being bi-racial adopted by caucasian parents, I didn’t always fit in. But when I got here, I met people from around the world and I was never out of place. It was amazing growing up here,” McMillan said.
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