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Miss Troup County wins talent competition

Miss Troup County Brooke Doss, left, accepts her trophy for winning the talent portion in the preliminary competition of the Miss Georgia pageant Friday night. Doss is pictured with Miss Georgia 2014 Maggie Bridges, center, and the swimsuit preliminary winner Miss Cobb County Patricia Ford.

COLUMBUS — Miss Troup County Brooke Doss won a second preliminary contest Friday at the Miss Georgia pageant at the River Center for Performing Arts.

Doss won the talent portion Friday night by performing a choreographed ballet routine.

She was a double-preliminary winner going into the Miss Georgia pageant. Doss won the swimsuit preliminary on Wednesday night.

She competed against dozens of young women Saturday during the 71st annual Miss Georgia Pageant.

Miss Troup’s Outstanding Teen, Elizabeth Edwards, and Miss West Point Lake’s Outstanding Teen, Lizzy Standford, also competed for the crown in a separate competition Saturday evening.

Standford took first runner-up for Outstanding Teen on Saturday at the Miss Georgia contest.

The Miss Georgia crown ended up going to Miss Warner Robins, Betty Cantrell.

Cantrell was crowned Saturday night at the Miss Georgia pageant at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus.

Cantrell won the talent competition for her opera performance, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.

First runner-up was Miss Capital City Adeline Kenerly and second runner-up was Miss Cobb County Patricia Ford.

Cantrell will now compete in the 2015 Miss America pageant, which airs on ABC on Sept. 13.

Also at Saturday’s pageant, Victoria Smith of Sandersville was crowned Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen. She was competing as Miss Macon’s Outstanding Teen.

“My heart is racing with excitement,” April Montgomery, executive director of the Miss Macon Pageant, told the Telegraph newspaper of Macon. “Victoria is a beautiful person, inside and out.”

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.