Last year’s winner, Maggie Bridges of Bainbridge, who was the third runner-up in this year’s Miss Georgia Pageant in Columbus, placed the glittering crown on Voyles as the 14 other contestants watched.
“We made eye contact and we both started crying,” Voyles said. “Words cannot express the amount of joy I have.”
Voyles will now compete in the Miss Georgia pageant next June.
Miss Cobb Pageant President Gene Phillips said the local competition is a top-level pageant.
Saturday’s impressive field of pageant competitors lived up to this year’s theme of “I’m a Star.”
Backstage might have been a rush of quick outfit changes, but on stage Saturday night, the beauties of Cobb County put on a heart-pumping show.
Each contestant only had 90 seconds during the talent portion to make an impression on the local audience, and more importantly the mostly out-of-state-judges.
Voyles was also the winner of Saturday’s talent portion, but other standouts that placed in the 2014 court included Heather Burgess, 18, of Woodstock, who did a tap dance routine to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and Amelia Hunt, 18, of Acworth, who performed a piece from the ballet “Don Quixote.”
The fast pace paused for a couple of dramatic moments as Meredith Crawley, 21, of Marietta, sang a piece from the Broadway show “Les Misérables” and Brooke Dorris, 17, of Dallas, sang a number from the Broadway show “The Phantom of the Opera.”
More than $30,000 in cash scholarships were awarded Saturday night, based on the judges’ rankings in talent, physical fitness, evening gown and the always nerve-wracking private interview.
The contestants braved the bright lights of the stage in French-cut bikinis and nude high heels. The winner of the swimsuit competition was Carly Gill, 22, of Kennesaw.
Each of the pageant contestants, who must be unmarried and between the ages of 17 to 23, also selected a personal community service platform.
Voyles has chosen breast cancer awareness, with an emphasis on self-examination for young women. It is a personal issue for the Miss Cobb winner, who had a noncancerous tumor removed from her breast in April.