Originally created 06/27/04

Tisdale wins Miss Georgia pageant



COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Danica Tisdale, Miss Atlanta, became the first black contestant to be crowned Miss Georgia Saturday night.

"I'm speechless, which is pretty much a first for me," said Tisdale, 24, an English major at Emory University.

Forty-nine contestants participated in the 50th anniversary of the first Miss Georgia competition. The event was held at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

Tisdale ran on the platform of home, health and hospice. During her interview she said her grandfather had hospice care. She said awareness is important so people understand the care is available.

Tisdale sang "Send Me Someone to Love" for her talent.

Monica Pang, Miss Conyers Cherry Blossom, was first runner-up. Erin Lindsay, Miss Capital City, was second runner-up. Kristen White, Miss Spirit of Georgia, was third runner-up. Kelley Bradshaw, Miss Georgia Southern, was fourth runner-up.

On Friday night, Mandy Best, Miss Teen Warner Robins, won the Miss Teen Georgia pageant. Best won $2,000 in savings bonds.