Holly Haynes was crowned Miss University of Georgia 2018 at the annual scholarship pageant held Saturday in the UGA Fine Arts Auditorium.
A 2014 graduate of North Gwinnett High School, Haynes is a fourth-year marketing and fashion merchandising student from Suwanee.
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.