Kara Martin / Shelar: Miss Georgia 1993

Local Title:

Miss Southeast Georgia

Talent performed:

Tap Dance to "Mack the Knife"

Special Award:

Swimsuit preliminary/ first runner-up


After my fabulous year as Miss Georgia, I spent the next year in post-graduate school at Georgia Southern University and applying for Medical Schools.  I was accepted into the Medical College of Georgia and graduated from MCG doctor of Medicine program in 1999 (debt free thanks to Miss Georgia and Miss America!).  I completed my Internal Medicine Residency at Emory University in 2002.  Since completing my training, I have been working full-time as a hospitalist at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta for Kaiser Permanente.  I am the “team lead” for our group of hospitalists and was honored to be featured in the “Top Doc’s” print/ advertising campaign for KP Georgia.

Scott Shelar and I have been married for 18  years and we have two wonderful children, Martin, age 6 1/2 and Sophie, age 3.  Sophie and I enjoy attending “mommy and me” dance classes together and we love watching Martin play t-ball!

My parents, Robert and Kim Martin, are still by biggest fans and biggest supporters.  They travel from Statesboro to Decatur, Georgia to visit Martin and Sophie 1-2 times per month.  Sophie and Martin love spending time with “Nina and Papa!”

I am forever grateful to my Miss Georgia family and supporters and the Miss Southeast Georgia and Miss Georgia Southern University pageants.

3 Comments on “Kara Martin / Shelar: Miss Georgia 1993

  1. I don’t know if you remember me but we shared a mic onstage at the sorghum festival at the fort in Blairsville Georgia. I was there performing with a band and they asked you up on stage to sing “I’ll Fly Away” with us. You were there signing autographs and it was very nice of you to join us in that performance, I had enjoyed it. That was in 1992 and then I was so proud of you when me and my mom watched you get 1st runner up on Miss America! Awesome accomplishment! I don’t know if you still do autographs but I would love to have an autographed photo of you. I recorded a duet with Johnny PayCheck of “Take This Job And Shove It” fame. A gospel duet that made the national country charts. But I still brag about singing with the first runner up to Miss America Kara Martin. Thanks again and about that autograph if not too much trouble, don’t worry about it if you can’t.
    Robert Hampton
    482 Carol street
    Lowell, OR 97452

    • Hi Robert! Sorry I am just now seeing your request. Thanks for your kind words and thanks for taking the time to comment! Your autograph is on the way! I remember “Take this Job and Shove it” well! Congratulations on your success! Kara

  2. When I was a physics major at Georgia Southern, we had to share the Physics-Math building with the psychology department. Apparently, someone from the psychology department authored the following note on the bulletin board: “Physics is mere ‘child’s play’ compared to the study of child’s play.”
    This turned out to be prophetic. Kara’s father was a psychology professor, an expert in the study of child’s play, and Kara became a physics major. Physics was indeed child’s play, compared to the study of child’s play, in the Martin family.
    The first time I went to the Miss Georgia pageant Kara was dancing and my niece Osjha was singing on the same night. It’s interesting that both of these young ladies spent time in their younger days at the Physics-Math/Hanner Field house area of Georgia Southern. Osjha would come watch me dive off the diving board at Georgia Southern when she was two years old. She will be emceeing the pageant next week.

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