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Miss Georgia returns home

August 2, 2006

Valdosta - Amanda Kozak first participated in pageants her senior year in high school to try to get scholarship money for her education at Valdosta State University.  "I had the Hope Scholarship, but all the room and board fees as well," said Miss Georgia Amanda Kozak.

Four years later she won the Miss Georgia competition.

Since winning the crown a little over a month ago, Kozak has been making appearances all over the state.  "I've been doing a lot of driving. I have a Tahoe that I got and every 5,000 miles I get a new Tahoe. The last Miss Georgia went through 9 of them, so that will give you an idea of how much traveling I really need to do," Kozak exclaimed.

Friends, family, and supporters turned out at a banquet held in her honor to celebrate her first return home since she won the crown.  Here, Valdosta Mayor John Fretti surprised her with some special gifts.

"I gave her only the third key to the city that I've presented to anyone in my 3 years of office, and we also presented her with a mock-up of the sign that will be displayed at the six or seven strategic locations entering city limits," said Mayor Fretti.

The signs will be hung for the remainder of her reign as Miss Georgia.  That is, unless she wins the Miss America pageant this January.  "She could become Miss America, so immediately she wouldn't be Miss Georgia anymore. So we'll change the sign," the Mayor said.

As for Kozak's original mission to raise scholarship money, she's earned almost $30,000.00 to continue her education.

She is currently living in Savannah where she is training for the Miss America competition to be held at the end of January.

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