Amanda Kozak

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Amanda Kozak Miliner
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Amanda Kozak
(1984-07-28) July 28, 1984 (age 29)
Warner Robins, Georgia, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Georgia 2006, Miss Georgia USA 2008
Major
competition(s)
Miss America 2007 (2nd runner-up), Miss USA 2008

Amanda Kozak-Miliner (born July 28, 1984) is a pageant titleholder and educator from Warner Robins, Georgia who competed in the Miss America and Miss USA pageants.[1] She is also the 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year.[2]

Pageants[edit]

Miss America[edit]

Kozak first competed in the Miss Georgia pageant in 2004 where she won a preliminary evening wear award made the top eleven.[3] The following year representing as Miss Warner Robins 2005 she placed first runner-up to Monica Pang. Kozak represented Georgia in the Miss National Sweetheart pageant, a competition for Miss America state runners-up, in September 2005, and placed first runner-up.[4]

In June 2006, after winning the Miss Valdosta local title, Kozak competed in the Miss Georgia pageant. She won preliminary awards in both the evening gown and swimsuit competitions and was crowned Miss Georgia on 25 June.[5][6] She also won preliminary awards in swimsuit and evening gown. Her platform for the state pageant was "Positive Role Models Through Mentoring"

Kozak represented Georgia in the Miss America 2007 pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada on 29 January 2007 and placed second runner-up to Lauren Nelson of Oklahoma.[7] This was the second consecutive year that Georgia placed in the top three, as Pang had placed first runner-up at Miss America 2006. Kozak's talent was a tap dance performance, and her platform issue was Mentoring with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Organization. She was also a finalist for the Quality of Life award.[8]

During her reign Kozak was given use of a Chevrolet Tahoe for making appearances, with a new vehicle being offered for every 5,000 miles driven.[9] She was given the key to the city of Valdosta by mayor John Fretti and signs were erected in Valdosta congratulating her on her win.[9]

Miss USA[edit]

On November 10, 2007, she was crowned Miss Georgia USA 2008, the first Georgian to win both state Miss America and Miss USA state titles.[1][10]

She represented Georgia at the Miss USA 2008 pageant held on April 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She did not place in the pageant, which was won by Crystle Stewart of Texas.

Georgia Teacher of the Year[edit]

On May 16, 2014 Miliner was named the 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year at the annual banquet ceremony. The Georgia Teacher of the Year serves as an advocate for public education in Georgia.

Personal life[edit]

Kozak's parents were both in the military, and she stayed with friends in Georgia while they were simultaneously deployed, including a one-year deployment in Korea.[1] She is a graduate of Warner Robins High School, has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State University.[11] At the time she held the Miss Georgia title she was working as a third-grade teacher.[12]

Kozak wed her college sweetheart, Kellen Miliner, on March 20, 2010.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Polling, Dean (2007-11-15). "Former Miss Valdosta is Miss Georgia again". The Valdosta Daily Times. 
  2. ^ Downey, Maureen. Fourth grade teacher Amanda Miliner of Houston County wins Georgia Teacher of the Year. Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2014, http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/get-schooled/2014/may/16/fourth-grade-teacher-amanda-miliner-houston-county/.
  3. ^ Associated Press (2004-06-24). "Miss Conyers Cherry Blossom wins second preliminary". First Coast News. 
  4. ^ "Georgia’s Kelley Bradshaw Wins National Sweetheart". The Chattanogan. 2006-09-04. 
  5. ^ "Miss Capital City Wins Second Preliminary". First Coast News. 2006-06-21. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (2006-06-25). "Miss Valdosta wins Miss Georgia title". Athens Banner-Herald. 
  7. ^ Hennessey, Kathleen (2007-01-30). "Oklahoman Wins Miss America Crown". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ "2007 Miss America Quality of Life Finalists Announced". CMT News. 2007-01-23. 
  9. ^ a b Eaken, Alicia (2006-08-02). "Miss Georgia returns home". WALB 10 News. 
  10. ^ Quade, Eric (2008-04-29). "Former resident, beauty, competing for Miss USA title". Barron News Shield. 
  11. ^ Gordon, Jenny (2007-01-31). "Supporters 'thrilled' about Miss Georgia's performance.". The Macon Telegraph. 
  12. ^ Curl, Eric (2007-05-09). "Miss Georgia has message for Effingham students". Savannah Morning News. 
  13. ^ "Amanda Kozak & Kellen Miliner". Wedding Channel. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 

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Preceded by
Brittany Swann
Miss Georgia USA
2008
Succeeded by
Kimberly Gittings
Preceded by
Monica Pang
Miss Georgia
2006
Succeeded by
Leah Massee