Miss Georgia Turned Down Crown To Teach Middle School

When it comes to beauty pageants, we're so used to hearing about scandals that this news is rather unusual: Kristina Higgins, who was crowned Miss Georgia, turned down the prize and gave up her title after just hours of winning it because ... she'd rather teach middle school!

After winning the Miss Georgia title Saturday night at the RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre, Miss Capital City Kristina Higgins told pageant officials Sunday morning she wanted to relinquish the crown.

“She just didn’t think that she could fulfill the duties,” said Billy Kendall, secretary for the Miss Georgia Board of Trustees. [...]

In a statement, 24-year-old Higgins suggested her duties as a middle school teacher could interfere with the time commitment that comes with being Miss Georgia.

“Due to my current job responsibilities as a middle school teacher and the responsibilities and time commitment as Miss Georgia, I have decided to not fulfill the duties of Miss Georgia 2009. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been chosen as Miss Georgia and fully support the system and wish Emily Cook the best of luck,” Higgins said in the statement.

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/story/762826.html (Photo: Kristina Higgins from her MySpace account)

I concur with seekshelter's comment -- participating in an event like a pageant is not trivial. If she entered into the competition without being aware of the required time commitments it's hard not to suspect she had some hidden agenda.
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Yes, Jill, you are.

I agree about the whole commitment thing. Is she teaching her students anything with this lack of commitment?
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I agree, that's the first thing I thought of when I read it.
Why did she even participate in it if she knew full and well that she wouldn't keep it.
All just a big publicity stunt imo to get their 15mins.
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Maybe she was making a statement that there are some things more important to society than beauty pageants.
She couldn't very well make that statement by not entering the pageant, could she?
My hat's off to her (whether I find her attractive or not).
Teaching middle school was the toughest, most soul-crushing job I've ever had. I've got major respect for her for sticking with it.
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