Miss Georgia USA

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This article is about the U.S. state pageant affiliated with Miss USA. For the U.S. state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss Georgia. For the national pageant affiliated with Miss World and Miss Universe, see Miss Georgia (country).
Brittany Swann, Miss Georgia USA 2007

The Miss Georgia USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Georgia in the Miss USA pageant.

Historically, Georgia has been the eleventh most successful state [1] at Miss USA and has performed in more recent years, placing eighth on the table of most successful states since 2000 [2]. Georgia is within the top fifteen states in terms of most semifinalist (or better) placings (20) [3] and is one of only seven states to have won more than one Miss Photogenic award.

Despite having a large number of runners-up, no Miss Georgia USA has won the national title.

Four former Miss Georgia Teen USAs went on to win this competition, but only two titleholders has previously competed at Miss America. One represented Connecticut.

The pageant is directed by Miss Tennessee USA 1989: Kim Greenwood.[1]

The current titleholder is Tiana Griggs from Monticello.

Results Summary[edit]

  • 1st Runner-Up: Erin Nance (1993)
  • 2nd Runner-Up: Tami Tesch (1986), Donna Rampy (1988), Tiffany Fallon (2001), Lisa Wilson (2006), Tiana Griggs (2014)
  • 3rd Runner-Up: Dorothy Taylor (1959)
  • 4th Runner-Up: Carolann Conno (1955), Diane Austin (1958), Cherie Stephens (1970), Sophia Bowen (1987), Michele Nemeth (1989), Patti Dunn (2000), Jasmyn Wilkins (2012)
  • Top 6: Brenda Leithleiter (1990), Jennifer Prodgers (1992)
  • Top 10: Caroline Medley (2004)
  • Top 12: Liz Wickersham (1976), Linda Kerr (1977), Lisa Condre (1981), Dotsy Timm (1983)
  • Top 15: Kimberly Gittings (2009)
  • Top 16: Kaylin Reque (2011)

Awards[edit]

Titleholders[edit]

Year Name Hometown Age Placement at Miss USA Special Awards at Miss USA Notes
2014 Tiana Griggs Monticello 26 2nd Runner-Up
2013 Brittany Sharp[2] Atlanta 22 Previously Miss Georgia Teen USA 2006 and 4th runner-up to Miss Teen USA 2006
2012 Jasmyn Wilkins Atlanta 22 4th Runner-Up Daughter of Gerald Wilkins, niece of Dominique Wilkins, and sister of Damien Wilkins.
2011 Kaylin Reque[3] Suwanee 22 Top 16
2010 Cassady Lance Savannah 25 Previously Miss Georgia Teen USA 2003
2009 Kimberly Gittings Lilburn 20 Top 15
2008 Amanda Kozak Warner Robins 23 Previously Miss Georgia 2006 and Miss America 2007 2nd runner-up; 1st runner-up to National Sweetheart 2005
2007 Brittany Swann Tyrone 23
2006 Lisa Wilson Rome 26 2nd Runner-Up American Idol (season 3) Semi-finalist
2005 Tanisha Brito Dunwoody 24 Previously Miss Connecticut 2002 and top 10 at Miss America 2003
2004 Caroline Medley Suwanee 26 Top 10
2003 Erin Haney Atlanta 21
2002 Heather Hogan Duluth 21
2001 Tiffany Fallon Duluth 26 2nd Runner-Up Playboy Magazine's Playmate of the Year for 2005, contestant on Celebrity Apprentice.
2000 Patti Dunn Duluth 24 4th Runner-Up
1999 Meredith Young 25 Previously Miss Georgia Teen USA 1991 and 1st Runner-Up at Miss Teen USA 1991
1998 Edlyn Lewis 24
1997 Denesha Reed McDonough 22 Previously Miss Georgia Teen USA 1993 and top 6 at Miss Teen USA 1993
1996 Jenny Craig Later Mrs. Texas America 2004 and Mrs. Photogenic at the Mrs. America 2004 pageant under her married name, Jennifer Palmieri.[4]
1995 Paulette Schier Atlanta 23 Winner of Miss Oktoberfest 1995, Miss Teen All American 1990
1994 Andrea Moore Atlanta
1993 Erin Nance Calhoun 21 1st Runner-Up Previously Miss Georgia Teen USA 1988, 2nd runner up at Miss Oktoberfest 1994, Miss Teen All American 1991
1992 Jennifer Prodgers Atlanta 23 Top 6 1st runner up at Miss Oktoberfest 1992
1991 Tamara Rhoads Marietta 23
1990 Brenda Leithleiter 22 Top 6 Miss Flower Queen 1990
1989 Michele Nemeth Lilburn 24 4th Runner-Up 1st Runner-Up at Miss Oktoberfest 1989, was USA representative in Miss Maja International 1984 but did not place. Daughter of Miss Maryland USA 1959
1988 Donna Rampy 24 2nd Runner-Up Semi-finalist in Miss Asia Pacific Quest 1988 as Miss USA
1987 Sophia Bowen Marietta 21 4th Runner-Up Miss Photogenic
1986 Tami Tesch Hephzibah 21 2nd Runner-Up 2nd Runner-Up at Miss Oktoberfest 1986
1985 Amanda Smith Smyrna
1984 Jayne Poteet Norcross Miss Oktoberfest 1987
1983 Dotsy Timm Augusta Top 12
1982 Kelly Blackston Savannah
1981 Lisa Condre Atlanta Top 12
1980 April Reid Augusta
1979 Debbie Freeman
1978 Larinda Matthews Marietta
1977 Linda Kerr Alpharetta Top 12
1976 Liz Wickersham Atlanta Top 12 Miss Photogenic
1975 Diana Goodman Forest Park
1974 Vicki Ross
1973 Melanie Chapman
1972 Kaye Ayers
1971 Jenny Andrews
1970 Cherie Stephens Atlanta 4th Runner-Up
1969 Judy Lyons
1968 Midge Ivie
1967 Jane Lineberger
1966 Flora Goddard
1965 Judy Simpson
1964 Lynda Tatum
1963 Brenda Seagraves
1962 Genelda Odum Odum Competed in the 1963 Miss Dixie Pageant
1961 Patsy Giddens
1960 Cecilia Upton Rockmart
1959 Dorothy Taylor 3rd Runner-Up
1958 Diane Austin 4th Runner-Up
1957 Ruth Lycan
1956 Mary Ruff
1955 Carolann Conno 4th Runner-Up
1953-54
No representative
1952 Betty Jane Wood Successor to Rosemarie Bowe
Rosemarie Bowe Resigned

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

Results summary[edit]

Placements in Miss USA[edit]

  • First Runners-up: Erin Nance (1993)
  • Second Runners-up: Tami Tesh (1986), Donna Rampy (1988), Tiffany Fallon (2001), Lisa Wilson (2006), Tiana Griggs(2014)
  • Third Runners-up: Dorothy Taylor (1959)
  • Fourth Runners-up: Carolann Conno (1955), Diane Austin (1958), Cherie Stephens (1970), Sophia Bowen (1987), Michele Nemeth (1989), Patti Dunn (2000), Jasmyn Wilkins (2012)
  • Top 6: Brenda Leithleiter (1990), Jennifer Prodgers (1992)
  • Top 12: Liz Wickersham (1976), Linda Kerr (1977), Lisa Condre (1981), Dotsy Timm (1983)
  • Top 10: Caroline Medley (2004)
  • Top 15: Kimberly Gittings (2009)
  • Top 16: Kaylin Reque (2011)

Awards[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Producers". Miss Georgia USA/Teen USA Pageants. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Brittany Sharp Crowned Miss Georgia USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. January 18, 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Richardson, Marc (2010-10-22). "Kaylin Reque of Suwanee Wins Miss Georgia USA , Kristen Robinson of Stone Mountain Wins Miss GA Teen". Stone Mountain 11alive.com. 
  4. ^ "2004 Mrs America". Retrieved July 9, 2010.