Miss Cobb County hopefuls to vie for crowning glory
by MDJ staff
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Stephanie Burkholder, Miss Cobb County 2012, crowns Maggie Bridges as Miss Cobb County 2013 at the 55th Annual Miss Cobb County Pageant last year. This year’s Miss Cobb County pageant is 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.<br>staff/file
Stephanie Burkholder, Miss Cobb County 2012, crowns Maggie Bridges as Miss Cobb County 2013 at the 55th Annual Miss Cobb County Pageant last year. This year’s Miss Cobb County pageant is 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.
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The 56th annual Miss Cobb County Scholarship Pageant will showcase 15 young women at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.

This year’s theme is “I’m a Star,” and more than $30,000 in cash scholarships and prizes will be awarded. The new Miss Cobb County will advance to the Miss Georgia Pageant, an official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.

Among the special guests will be the 2013 Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen, Kelly Hutchinson, the 15-year-old daughter of Jim and Merrill Hutchinson of Marietta. A Harrison High School sophomore, Kelly will compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 13 to 17.

Vocalist Carly Mathis, Miss Georgia 2013, from Leesburg, will be performing. She will compete for the title of Miss America in Atlantic City in September.

The new Miss Cobb County will be crowned by the reigning Miss Cobb County, Maggie Bridges, who placed third runner-up in this year’s Miss Georgia Pageant in Columbus. A junior biochemistry major at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she is the daughter of John and Cathy Bridges.

All seating is reserved at $20 and can be purchased by calling (770) 435-6378 or misscobbcounty@yahoo.com.

Other highlights include the naming of the 2014 Miss Cobb County’s Outstanding Teen. Abby Quarles, the 2013 titleholder, will be on hand to crown her successor. Abby is the daughter of John and Sandy Quarles of Marietta. She was honored as the Overall Talent winner at the state competition this year. She is a dance student at the Georgia Dance Conservatory located on the historic Marietta Square.

The production will feature Fox 5 Atlanta meteorologist Joanne Feldman as the mistress of ceremonies. Feldman captured the title of Miss Cobb County 1993.

Both the new Miss Cobb County and Miss Cobb County’s Outstanding Teen will be role models and public relations ambassadors for the coming year. They will compete for the state titles in Columbus next June.

Contestants will be judged on private interview, talent, physical fitness and evening gown.

All contestants support the Miss America national platform and the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, in addition to personal community service platforms.

Among the competitors are Heather Burgess, 18, of Woodstock; Meredith Crawley, 21, of Marietta; Lauren Green, 22, of Acworth; Lane Cobb, 19, of Marietta; Amelia Hunt, 18, of Acworth; Taylor Voyles, 21, of Atlanta; Amanda Scott, 21, of Atlanta; Carly Gill, 22, of Kennesaw; Amber Runyan, 23, of Kennesaw; Mary Ashley Tucker, 22, of Canton; Kristy Miller, 22, of Atlanta; Brooke Dorris, 17, of Dallas; Erika Elliott, 19, of Acworth; Katherine McCauley, 20, of Marietta; and Lydia Pappas, 19, of Atlanta.

Cash scholarships include $10,000 for Miss Cobb County, $1,250 for first runner-up; $1,000 for second runner-up; $750 for third runner-up, and $500 for fourth runner-up.

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