Leighton Jordan, a Suwanee resident and Georgia State student to-be, has been named Miss Georgia. She won the honor last Saturday in Columbus, according to media reports.
Jordan, 19, who competed as Miss Capital City, won the crown at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus. She beat out 32 other contestants with a ballet routine.
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"I feel blessed," she told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Sunday. "I know some people may feel that at my age I am not ready to handle this job, but they should not underestimate me. I am prepared and ready to get to work."
Jordan was homeschooled and has taken classes at Georgia Perimeter College. She was to begin school at Georgia State University, but that will wait. Jordan, who won a $15,000 scholarship, plans to be a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner.
This was the second time she competed in the Miss Georgia pageant. She was Miss Southern Rivers in 2011, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.
"The first time I didn't realize what hard work this week is," she said. "It is grueling. It is sort of a last-man standing type of thing."
Jordan will compete in the Miss America Pageant in January in Las Vegas.