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Hanna Holley crowned Miss University of Georgia 2017

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Hanna Holley

Athens, Ga – Hanna Holley, a third-year public relations student from Dublin was crowned Miss University of Georgia 2017 at the annual scholarship pageant held Jan. 21 in the UGA Fine Arts Auditorium. A 2014 graduate of West Laurens High School, she is the daughter of Dennis and Dawn Holley.

Fourth runner-up in the pageant was Karson Pennington, a first-year health, political science and journalism major from Martinez; third runner-up was Kaylee Ewing, a third-year marketing major from Monroe. Nia Hampton, a fourth-year communication studies major from Snellville received second runner-up honors, and Alexa Giloman, a third-year journalism major from Suwanee was named first runner-up.

The Floreida Harrell Miss Congeniality Scholarship, voted on by the contestants, was awarded to Brooke Carter, a third-year business management major from Kingsland. Carter also received the People’s Choice Award voted on by the audience. An award for Best Interview was given to Kelly Donoghue, a third-year marketing major from Marietta.

Holley is heavily involved in campus life. A member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she she serves as an account executive for Prevent Child Abuse Athens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse through education, support and public awareness. She is also a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

“It means so much to have shared the stage with so many talented, beautiful and smart UGA women,” Holley said. “I’m sure my year will be one of the best experiences serving this campus and getting to know many different UGA students and faculty members.”

Holley will compete in the 73rd Annual Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant June 13-17 in Columbus; the winner of that pageant will represent Georgia in the Miss America Pageant.

The Miss America Organization, established in 1921, is a nonprofit civic corporation.

The Miss UGA Scholarship Pageant is a program of the Tate Student Center within UGA’s Division of Student Affairs.

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