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New Miss Georgia stops in Albany

June 28, 2004

Albany - For the first time, an African American was crowned Miss Georgia. A whirlwind weekend landed the new Miss Georgia 23 year-old Danica Tisdale in Albany for hair, make-up, and pictures.

"I was screaming as soon as they said the first runner-up's name. I barely remember anything after that, I was so excited," said Tisdale.

Tisdale is a graduate student at Emory University, and a graduate of Atlanta's Spellman College. She's originally from Delaware, but her family now lives in South Carolina. "I have about two years left of graduate school. I plan to become a college professor and then administrator."

Tisdale won Miss Atlanta, her very first Miss America preliminary. On Saturday night, her strong singing voice and big smile earned her a trip to Miss America and a place in history as the first African American Miss Georgia.

"I'm honored to have the distinction of being the first African American Miss Georgia. I think that will be able to inspire other woman of color throughout the state and nation to get involved in the Miss America system," said Tisdale.

The death of her grandfather lead her to volunteer with Hospice Care. Now, she plans to spread information about hospice care during her reign. "I don't think many families know what hospice care offers. Hospice care is not just about death, but also affirming life. I plan to spread information about hospice this year."

September 18th, Tisdale will represent Georgia at the Miss America Pageant.

Albany native and former Miss Albany Kelley Bradshaw was fourth runner-up.

Posted at 5:32PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com