For Immediate Release
Contact: April Bragg, Local Program Director
Phone: 478-457-6730, 478-453-3417
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$8,250 in scholarships awarded at the 2011
Milledgeville-Baldwin's Junior Miss competition

Twenty-four teenage girls from Milledgeville-Baldwin County competed for a share of $8,250 in college scholarships this weekend at the Goldstein Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Georgia Military College. Lindsey Garrett of John Milledge Academy was awarded the title of Milledgeville's Junior Miss 2011 and $3,250 in cash scholarships. Emily Griffin of Baldwin High School was awarded the title of Baldwin's Junior Miss 2011 and $2,250 in cash scholarships.

In addition to winning the title, Garrett won the awards for Be Your Best Self Essay, Fitness, Self-Expression, Talent & Scholastic Achievement. She was also won the Spirit of Junior Miss award which is voted on by the participants. Griffin received awards for Overall Scholastic Achievement and Self-Expression. Both young women will go on to compete in the Georgia's Junior Miss program in Marietta the first week in July.

Lindsey Garrett is a junior at John Milledge Academy. She is the daughter of Larry and Claire Garrett. In addition to serving as class president, she is a varsity cheerleader and a member of both Senior Beta Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Lindsey is secretary of the National Honor Society, president-elect of her school's Anchor Club, and convention chair for Georgia's state Anchor Club board. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her years at JMA. She is a member of First United Methodist Church. Lindsey has been studying ballet for ten years in GCSU's community dance program where she has participated in numerous productions. She has volunteered in her community through JMA club service projects, at Animal Rescue Foundation, and River of Life. Lindsey has received awards for Most Spirited and All American Cheerleader. She has also been selected as a representative on the Homecoming Court for three years. Lindsey enjoys spending time with family, boating and water sports, and being with friends. She hopes to attend the University of Georgia and pursue a degree in Special Education.

Emily Griffin is a junior at Baldwin High School. Emily has been involved in the BHS Fine Arts Program as a member of the Theater group, including performances in Fame, Guys and Dolls, and Swing. She also played saxophone and cymbals with the Baldwin Marching Pride band, saxophone with Jazz band and Concert band. In addition to the Fine Arts program, she is a member of Spanish Club, SADD, Key Club, Beta Club, and a mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Emily has been a student at Studio One School of Dance since she was eight, taking classes in contemporary, jazz, lyrical, tap and ballet and has performed at local, regional, and national competitions. Emily is a member of Young Life and Black Springs Baptist Church. In her spare time, she likes to read, drive, listen to music, be with friends, and go shopping. She is the daughter of Mike and Cindy Griffin.

The first honoree, Jahrea Brown of Baldwin High School received a total of $1,350 in cash scholarships. She also received category awards for Fitness and Talent. The second honoree, Stephanie Azahar of Baldwin High School received a total of $1,150 also receiving the Overall Talent award.

All four award winners will perform their talent selections from Junior Miss at "Sweets & Musical Treats" a sponsored program of the Milledgeville Music Club on Tuesday evening at 7:00 at Baldwin High School. On Friday, our two new Junior Miss titleholders Lindsey Garrett and Emily Griffin along with Georgia's Junior Miss 2010 Natali Gavanarova will serve as princesses for Chick-fil-A's "Princess & Pirate Night" from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. On Saturday the Junior Miss class of 2011 and some of the past participants will assist with "The Big Clean-Up" as part of Keep Milledgeville-Baldwin Beautiful Day. For more information about upcoming events, appearances and performances by the Junior Misses, please contact local program director April Bragg via email at

Milledgeville-Baldwin's Junior Miss is presented by Milledgeville MainStreet/Downtown Development Authority. Local sponsors of Milledgeville-Baldwin's Junior Miss including Serenity Wellness Spa & Salon, Advanced Disposal, Body Plex, Flooring America, GCSU Panahellinic, Shana Cawley Photography, Attaway Recycling, BB & T, Blackbird Coffee, Blindworks, Brick, Chick-fil-a, Confections by Courtney, Danielle Fields Photography, EBLA, Elite School of Gymnastics, GCSU Continuing Education, Georgia Power, Harrold's Tuxedo Rental, JC Grant Company, Light Force, Ronnie Cowan Video, Studio One School of Dance, The Harshbarger Family, The Union-Recorder, Grant Financial/NY Life, Middle GA Management, Wright Banks Realty, Salem Baptist Church, the Anchor Club of John Milledge Academy, GCSU Community Dance Program, Baldwin Body Shop, Pickle Barrel Café.

National sponsors of America's Junior Miss include the City of Mobile and Mobile County. National category sponsors are: Alabama Power, Encore Rehabilitation, Mobile Gas, Regions Bank, and the Bobo Baker Scholarship Fund. The 53rd annual America's Junior Miss National Finals will be in Mobile, AL in June 26, 27, and 28, 2010.

For more information on AJM, please call (800) 256-5435 or visit the AJM website at