Harley Strickland, a sophomore at East Georgia State College and the reigning Miss EGSC, will travel to Columbus to compete in the Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant on June 21, 2014.
The daughter of JoAnn and Keith Strickland of Claxton, Harley is a graduate of Pinewood Christian Academy. At EGSC, she is pursuing a major in broadcast journalism.
The Miss Georgia Send-off Celebration 2014, hosted by Miss EGSC and Miss Emanuel County/Miss Southeast Pageant Boards, has been planned for Harley Strickland, Miss East Georgia State College; Austin Carruth, Miss Emanuel County; Charlene Bibeau, Miss Southeast Georgia; Cassie Cothern, Emanuel County’s Outstanding Teen; and Allie Griffis, Southeast Georgia’s Outstanding Teen at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Luck Flanders Gambrell Center at East Georgia State College on June 5th. The event is free and open to the public and will feature sportswear, swimsuits, and dresses that the ladies will wear at the Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant later this month. A reception will be held following the preview show.
When Harley was asked what got her started with pageants, she replied, “As a baby, my mom never entered me in pageants, but I decided on my own to enter the ‘Young Miss Rattlesnake Round-Up’ pageant at the age of twelve. I will never forget this pageant because I was able to get the hot pink dress I wanted so badly, my dad even helped with my pageant walk, and I actually won. The most embarrassing moment in my entire pageant history also happened with this pageant. After walking around all day at the festival wearing my new crown and sash, a friend noticed my sash was spelled wrong. The sash read…‘Young Miss RattleRsnake Round-Up!’ So, not only was I the ‘Young Miss Rattlesnake Round-Up,’ I was also the first and ONLY ‘Young Miss RattleRsnake Round-Up!”’
Harley continued, “I’ve noticed, and so have others, from my pageant experience that I have gained a lot of social skills. The interviews prepared me tremendously well for job interviews and scholarship interviews. At the Miss Georgia Pageant the judges are looking for a young woman who is well rounded and can go straight to Miss America and represent Georgia in the best way possible. Pageants have built my confidence by encouraging me to speak in front of large groups and think coherently on the spot.”
“I chose Hospice: A Servant’s Heart as my personal platform, because it has played a huge role in my life. My grandfather was placed on hospice care and it was so helpful for my family and I. The hospice nurses were by our side and updated us on his condition constantly and showed us certain signs to look for in his declining health. I have served as a volunteer with hospice for several years, and my mom has served in the public relations field with hospice for many years. It brings joy to my heart knowing I can bring comfort and a smile to patients and families in hospice care.”
Harley continued, “I am so excited and so busy, but I can’t wait to be in Columbus for the pageant. During pageant week in Columbus, I move in a dorm with three other contestants. Each day we meet, rehearse and tour the area, while having to look presentable. Then, on Saturday, June 21, crowning day, we have one hour to get ready before the pageant. Participates do their hair and makeup on their own.”
Harley has held three titles at once, as Miss Pinewood Christian Academy, Miss Evans County Rattlesnake and Wildlife, and Miss East Georgia State College. She added, “This was extremely challenging because each title required me to be somewhere at a certain time and usually they all seemed to land on the same day.”
Harley commented, “I conveniently work at Frills by Scott in Statesboro, a ladies clothing store for any occasion, where I am one of their best customers. Owner, Scott Marchbanks is my boss and I have designated him as ‘my Pageant Wardrobe Hero!”’