Columbus State Well-Represented at Miss Georgia Pageant

MsGAPag14COLUMBUS, Ga. — Five young women with Columbus State University connections will compete this week in the 70th annual Miss Georgia Pageant at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

Kelsey Ray, a junior special education major from Trion, will take the RiverCenter stage as Miss Columbus State University. A CSU cheerleader, Ray has expressed interest in attending graduate school to pursue a career in speech therapy. At the January Miss CSU pageant, she played guitar as she sang, “To Make You Feel My Love.” Her platform is “Special Needs are Special to Me — Best Buddies International.”

A former Miss CSU (2011), Hayley Henderson of Cataula, will also compete for the Miss Georgia crown, this time as Miss Columbus. Her talent is vocal, and her platform is “March of Dimes — One Day All Babies Will Be Born Healthy.” Henderson, who earned a communication degree from CSU in 2012, is now a graduate student, pursuing a Master of Science in organizational leadership from Columbus State.

Amarinda Trear, another previous Miss CSU (2012) who also remains a current student, competes this week as Miss Greater Atlanta. Her talent is vocal, and her platform is “Music and Autism — Sharing the Universal Language.” Trear, a senior music performance major from Flowery Branch, Ga., has expressed an interest in attending law school.

Two former CSU students — Shelby Rice as Miss Atlanta and Katherine McCauley as Miss River City — are also Miss Georgia 2014 contestants. Rice’s talent is piano, and her platform is “Girl Talk — Inspiring Confidence Through Mentoring.” McCauley’s talent is vocal, and her platform is “Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.”

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