Cherokee beauties to hit the road
by TCT Staff
June 12, 2013 12:10 AM | 2870 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Heather Burgess
Heather Burgess
Kristy Miller
Kristy Miller
Sydney Lee
Sydney Lee
Kelly Donoghue
Kelly Donoghue
A bevy of beauties representing Cherokee County or with ties to the community are heading to Columbus this week to represent the area in the Miss Georgia and Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen pageants June 19 to 22.

They are vying for the Miss Georgia crown and the chance to represent the state in the Miss America Pageant, which will return in September to Atlantic City, N.J.

Miss Cherokee Rose, Kristy Miller of Atlanta, will compete for the state title at the pageant.

Two Woodstock residents, Mary Ashley Tucker, Miss Heart of the City; and Heather Burgess, Miss Rockdale County; also hope to wear the crown.

Miss Cherokee Rose’s Outstanding Teen, Kelly Donoghue of Marietta; and Miss Cherokee Fair’s Outstanding Teen, Sydney Lee of Cairo; will vie for the title of Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen 2013. The winner of that competition will compete for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in Orlando, Fla., later this summer.

All contestants will report to Columbus for check-in Saturday and prepare for a week of rehearsals, public appearances, interviews, charity events and competition, which culminates June 22 with the crowning of winners.

The phases of competition include interview, swimsuit, talent and evening wear.

Miller will perform a dance/twirl routine to “Requiem the Dream.” She is the 22-year-old daughter of Mark and Kimberly Miller and will begin her senior year at Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall.

Majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a certificate in finance, Miller is looking forward to the week-long competition.

“I have loved performing my entire life, and there is no place I feel more at home than on a stage. So, when the lights go out on the first night of competition, all the sweat, tears and hours I have worked for that moment will make sense,” Miller said

Tucker, also 22, is the daughter of John and Della Tucker of Woodstock. She will perform a vocal, “Let Me Be Your Star” for her talent.

Having competed for Miss Georgia last year, Tucker is looking forward to spending the week with her fellow contestants.

“Last year, I formed such a good bond with some of the girls that I’m still good friends with. Every girl at Miss Georgia is there for a reason — I love finding out why,” Tucker said.

She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Digital and Broadcast Journalism.

Burgess is a 2013 graduate of Sequoyah High School and is the 18-year-old daughter of Steve and Kitty Burgess of Woodstock. She will be tap dancing to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” which will be dedicated to her grandfather, a World War II veteran, as well as all of those who have served in the Armed Forces.

She is looking forward to getting to know all the contestants during Pageant Week. Heather will enter the University of Georgia in the fall in the Honors Program with a double major in business and Spanish.

Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen is held in conjunction with Miss Georgia.

Donoghue, Miss Cherokee Rose’s Outstanding Teen, is 17 years old and the daughter of Tom and Maureen Donoghue of Marietta. She is performing a vocal medley of “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” and “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”

She is looking forward to seeing her friends, but most importantly, “I’m excited to show everyone the hard work I’ve put into preparing for this.”

She will be a senior at Walton High School in Marietta this fall.

Miss Cherokee Fair’s Outstanding Teen, Sydney Lee, is a 15-year-old sophomore at Cairo High School in Cairo.

Because of her accelerated classes, she will also be taking freshman classes at Bainbridge State College.

Lee will be performing a piano/vocal to “Beautiful, Beautiful” by Francesca Batistelli for her talent.

She is the daughter of Ryan and Malia Lee of Cairo and Angie Newmans.
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