Lauren Edmunds: Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen 2006

Local Title:

Miss Heart of Georgia's Outstanding Teen

Talent performed:

Jazz En Pointe Dance to "I Run For Life"

Special Award:

Non-Finalist Evening Gown Award


The summer before my senior year in high school, I was crowned Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen. I went on to compete in Miss America’s Outstanding Teen a short six weeks later in August of 2006. At the national pageant, I had the joy of meeting and getting to know our emcees Joey Fatone of NSYNC and Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry. However, the paramount moment of the entire experience had nothing to do with celebrities and everything to do with growing up. In the throes of intensive rehearsals,  the shipment of giant, brand-new state flags finally arrived the day before our first preliminary competition. Pageant organizers frantically opened packages, laid out the flags, and shouted at us to locate our flags quickly. I was the very first contestant to identify my flag in that stressed and harried moment. Realization struck, “That’s MY flag. That’s MY home. Representing my family and my state well is why I am here. ” What a huge responsibility for a mere seventeen year old! The independence, maturity, exposure, experience, connections, and knowledge I gained at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen forever changed my life!

I went on to graduate as Salutatorian of my class in 2007 and was accepted to the Universtiy of Georgia. The summer after passing on the Outstanding Teen crown, I was named as the 1st runner-up to Miss Georgia 2008, Chasity Hardman, who became the 1st runner-up to Katie Stam Miss America 2009. I will forever be grateful to be part of that legacy. I had the honor of representing Georgia at the National Sweetheart Pageant in Hoopeston, IL. Throughout the subsequent years, I competed for the title of Miss Georgia a total of six times, placing 1st runner-up twice, third runner-up, top ten semi-finalist, top fifteen semi-finalist, swimsuit preliminary winner, and non-finalist interview winner.    

After being  awarded over $20,000 in scholarships from the Miss America Organization, I became a Cum Laude graduate from the University of Georgia in 2011. Thanks to the expertise I gained in competing for nine years, I have enjoyed a career as both a model and a spokesperson in Atlanta, New York, and Chicago. My interview skills obtained in MAO ultimately aided me in securing my current position at Cumming Dance Academy as Assistant Studio Manager, Quality Control Manager, and Instructor.

I currently reside in Atlanta, where my volunteer position as a 5th Grade Girls’ Small Group Leader at Buckhead Church of Northpoint Ministries brings great joy to my life. I am also thrilled to be traveling to Honduras for my second missions experience in July 2014. Our focus will be on community development and sharing God’s Word with the beautiful people of Honduras!

2 Comments on “Lauren Edmunds: Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen 2006

  1. This is a great “read” every girl should read. Pageants are one of the best vehicles for success no matter what field one choose. You cannot not compare the skills that interviewing in pageants give. Congratulations on all your accomplishments Lauren. Your life will touch so many and your rewards will be bountiful.
    Ms Watson

  2. Hello Lauren, I just read your article. How wonderful and uplifting your words of inspiration are to others. As a volunteer with the Miss Louisiana Pageant for many decades, your words – spoken from the heart – make our organization and its family what it is, what is has always been, and I hope what it will be in the future. It isn’t always about winning the “top spot” but about one’s own experiences and life-changing moments. It sounds like you have become the young woman you were set out to be; confident, educated, happy, driven…congratulations for competing for “all of the right” reasons and making that time in your life productive. You’ve evidently touched many lives and I know your future will continue to be one of happiness, challenge, and reward. Thanks for sharing your story of your participation in the pageants. Mr. Jon

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