Holly Haynes, a fourth-year marketing and fashion merchandising student from Suwanee, was crowned Miss University of Georgia 2018 at the annual scholarship pageant held Jan. 20 in the UGA Fine Arts Auditorium. A 2014 graduate of North Gwinnett High School, she is the daughter of Mickey and Tiffany Haynes.
Fourth runner-up in the pageant was Liana Mosley, a fourth-year nutrition science major from Savannah; third runner-up was Kaylee Ewing, a third-year management information systems and marketing major from Monroe. Karson Pennington, a second-year political science and journalism major from Martinez, received second runner-up honors, and Kelly Donoghue, a fourth-year marketing major from Atlanta, was named first runner-up. Donoghue also received an award for “Best Interview.”
The “Floreida Harrell Miss Congeniality Scholarship,” selected by the contestants, was awarded to Caroline Henriksen, a second-year pre-law and journalism major from Alpharetta. The “People’s Choice Award,” voted on by the audience, was given to Georgia House, a second-year psychology major from Calhoun.
Haynes holds a number of leadership roles in the UGA community. Her activities include serving as a Young Life leader, an Institute for Leadership Advancement fellow, a Gamma Chi sorority member, a Greek Grind captain and song chair, and a Shop with a Bulldawg mentor.
“Becoming Miss University of Georgia is an incredible honor that is so special to me,” Haynes said. “As a senior, being able to serve and represent the university and community that I have loved since I was 4 years old is incredible, and I cannot wait to give my time and efforts to a place that has given so much to me.”
Haynes will compete in the 74th Annual Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant June 12-16 in Columbus; the winner of that pageant will represent Georgia in the Miss America Pageant.
The Miss America Organization, at the local, state and national levels, represents the largest private scholarship foundation for women in the U.S. This year, scholarship assistance totaling more than $45 million was available to contestants at all three levels. 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.
The Division of Student Affairs comprises 18 campus departments that enhance the learning environment for students at the University of Georgia by stimulating the learning process, integrating the in-class and out-of-class experiences, promoting an environment conducive to growth and discovery and facilitating intellectual, spiritual, social, occupational, physical, cultural and emotional development. For more information, see http://studentaffairs.uga.edu.