- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A new Miss Georgia has been crowned in Columbus.

Media outlets report that Patricia Ford, Miss Capital City, won the title Saturday. Ford, a Georgia Tech graduate, performed a Ballet En Pointe routine for her talent. Through the years, she has worked to promote and raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

In all, 98 women from across the state competed for academic scholarships and the titles of 2016 Miss Georgia and 2016 Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen.

On top of being crowned Miss Georgia, Ford will receive $15,000 in scholarship awards and the opportunity to compete in the 2017 Miss America pageant.

Ford says she is hoping to become Miss America, just as last year’s Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, did.

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