Brianna Russ was crowned Miss Georgia Northlands on July 11 in Gainesville at the Brenau University theater.
Russ is a Warner Robins High School graduate who currently attends Middle Georgia State University. She is studying middle grades education and is the school of education’s representative to the President’s Torch Society, a leadership organization that works closely with the Middle Georgia State president. She is also a member of Southside Baptist of Kathleen and has made two study abroad trips to Scotland.
Among her prizes for winning the state title was a $48,000 scholarship to Wesleyan College. Russ hopes to use the money for graduate degrees and plans to continue her undergraduate education at Middle Georgia State.
Russ said she was interested in participating in the Miss Georgia Northlands pageant because of the pageant’s motto: “Make a difference with your crown.”
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“The pageant is designed for us to make a difference in the community, to help people and to better our community as a whole,” Russ said.
Since being crowned, Russ has attended a communities and school event in Laurens County, where she met with children and helped them to make cards for veterans.
She has several service projects in the works including working with Special Olympics and a “Socktober” event, which collects socks for the homeless.
“I am so excited about winning a state title. It is my time to shine and my time to do something with my crown,” Russ said.
Several other local girls won awards at the Miss Georgia Northlands pageant. MacKenzie Hulett from Hawkinsville was named Junior Miss Sweetheart, Bailey Mitchell from Warner Robins was named Petite State Sweetheart, Lexi Belle Hardy from Hawkinsville was named Little Miss Sweetheart and Kelsey Norris from Bonaire was crowned State Hospitality Queen.