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Mathis reflects on 2013 as Miss Georgia

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Lee County's Carly Mathis is about to relinquish her Miss Georgia title.

She'll crown the new Miss Georgia next Saturday. Carly Mathis says her year has been full of accomplishments and surprises. After next week, she'll be able to take a break from the pageant world. In a few days, Carly Mathis will pass her crown to the new Miss Georgia.

"I'm excited for another girl to experience all the joy that I had. It's an honor and I'm excited for someone to have the same honor," said Carly Mathis.

Mathis says being Miss Georgia is a full time job, with countless appearances throughout the state. The UGA grad plans to take a break and spend more time with family before she continues her education.

"The Miss. America organization is a scholarship program so I have scholarship money that I have not used yet," said Mathis.

She says she thankful for all the southwest Georgia support.

"That's something I'm not used to living in a small town. So having hometown support at Miss America was great because some girls didn't have that," said Mathis. Her mother has also traveled with her throughout her journey.

"She's been able to meet so many people across the state of Georgia. And I've been able to go with her on several of her appearances. I also have felt blessed to be part of it," said Wendy Mathis.

And she believes the Miss America pageant helped her daughter grow.

"She stood before the House of Representatives in Georgia and spoke to them then at the same time she can go to the nursing home and get one on one with the patients," said Wendy Mathis.

Carly says competing in Miss America, where she finished in the top 10, was the highlight of her year.

"That's something I've always dreamed of doing. But meeting people who told one that I brighten their day just by being there. It put the title in a whole different perspective," said Carly.

Now, she's ready for next step in her life, but she'll always be a Miss Georgia.

Carly will sing every night at the Miss Georgia pageant next week in Columbus.

 

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