Stephanie Burkholder, an aspiring high school English teacher, was selected Miss Cobb County 2012 from a field of 18 contestants in the 54th annual Miss Cobb County Scholarship Pageant at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb County Civic Center, Aug. 6th. She will move on to represent Cobb County in the Miss Georgia Pageant in Columbus next June. Ms. Burkholder received a total of $10,500 in cash scholarships including the $300 preliminary interview award and the $200 preliminary swimsuit award.
Miss Cobb County 2012
Last year she represented Rome in the Miss Georgia Pageant where she was named both a preliminary evening gown winner and overall swimsuit winner. Also she was selected the “Most Photogenic” contestant. She was the recipient of Miss Georgia’s 2011 Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Maker award for raising the most money for the pageant national community service project. Ms. Burkholder was the 2009 winner of the Miss Raider Pageant at Walton High School. After winning the title of Georgia’s National Teenager in 2009, she was selected America’s National Teenager for that year in Nashville, TN.
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The twenty-year-old brunette is very involved promoting her community service platform, “It’s Your Turn to Be Great: Boys and Girls Club of America.” She is both a tutor and teacher for programs at the Boys and Girls Club, and has been involved in several successful fundraisers. The new Miss Cobb stated: “I am proud to be part of such a dynamic system as Miss America, where I can use my unique talents to make a difference in the lives of others.”
We all look forward as Ms. Burkholder makes a difference in our community, as a public relations ambassador representing the best in scholarship, leadership and community service during the coming year.
The daughter of Susan Jenkins and Steve Burkholder, the 2009 Walton High School graduate is currently a junior honors student at the University of Mississippi. She is the official face of the university as one of twelve young women selected for the prestigious Columns Society, charged with promoting many Ole Miss public relations activities. As the Philanthropy Chair for her sorority Phi Mu, Ms. Burkholder has been active in various fundraising events on the campus. Academic honors include being selected for the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at Ole Miss, Gamma Beta Phi Society for Academics and Community Service, Alpha Lambda National Honors Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.