Valeria Perez will compete as Miss Calhoun. This is her second state pageant. She won First runner up in the 2011 Miss Georgia Latina pageant.
“I chose pageantry because it’s not only going to help me in achieving my goals but I get to meet tons of people and start new friendships while looking chic,” said Perez.
Even though pageantry is centered around catwalks and stages, Perez’ favorite strut is in playing soccer. She grew up playing soccer for school and summer leagues and enjoys it still.
“I volunteer as a soccer coach for four and five year old children who did not have a coach and desperately wanted to play,” she said.
Perez is earning an associates degree at Georgia Highlands at present with plans to pursue a Masters in Education at a four year University. She works at the Calhoun Drug Company and even with school and work she finds time to help others.
“This past summer I volunteered at my church (St. Clements) to teach vacation bible school. I hope to be a history teacher to be able to help the teens going through tough times in school as my teachers did me. I hope to become a rock for my future students and hopefully stop bullying along the way,” Perez said.
“I’m very passionate about a lot of things. I have a huge heart and try to help anyone in every way I can. I hope that with or without this crown I can team up with someone and help girls who are being sexually abused or abused in any another way,” she said.
“I have a quote that my soccer coach taught me and I now live by: ‘Always give 100 percent everyday. Never 110 percent, because that means you only gave 90 percent the day before. -Sean McDermott.’”
When asked what would she do if chosen as Miss Georgia Perez answered, “I would go around and encourage schools to try harder to stop bullying. Although I was never bullied I stood up for peers who were. I would help get donations for children who can’t afford Christmas gifts or food and continue on helping girls with their abusive situations.”
“I love how proud people are to be from Calhoun. And though I did not to to Calhoun High School I love that they won state! I went to the game against Buford the year before when they lost and watched this game and was ecstatic when they got to take the trophy home. I believe it was well deserved and I love that our whole town was supporting them,” she said.
“But I will always bleed blue and hope Gordon Central can take it this year,” Perez said.
Kayla Weiser, a sixteen year old Sonoraville High School student is looking forward to her first pageant. She will compete as Miss Gordon County Teen in November.
“I have always looked up to the girls in the pageants and seeing how they positively effect the lives of others has made me strive to be my best,” said Weiser.
“I want the same for my life so that I can help other girls like me,” she said.
“Gordon County is a warm and inviting place. I love the people who make up the community here and how the community comes together. They are people helping people, friendly, welcoming, there is always someone there to lend a helping hand, they make up a place that I call home. I am proud, excited and honored to be able to represent my home as Miss Gordon County,” said Weiser.
As for her future Weiser plans to attend college at Kennesaw State University and the Medical College of Georgia with the intention of “becoming a surgeon and making an impact on the lives of those who I come in contact with and helping those less fortunate.”
“I believe I will enjoy meeting new people , having new experiences and having a new world of opportunity,” Weiser said.
“I volunteer in various community events such as the Relay for life, March of Dimes walk, and have recently volunteered to help the Coosa Basin River Initiative.
I am passionate about cheerleading, helping others, being a good big sister and helping in my community.”
“If crowned Miss Teen Georgia... I would help young girls everywhere realize that all their dreams and goals are possible and that they can achieve anything. I want to continue helping where I can make a difference in my community, in my school, and in the lives of those around me especially in my family,” she said.
The 2013 Miss Georgia Pageant and Miss Georgia Teen Pageant will take place in Cartersville, Georgia November 15-17 at the Woodland Performing Arts Theatre.
The respective winners will represent Georgia in the nationally televised Miss USA and Miss USA Teen pageants later in the year.
For more information go to www.missgeorgiausa.com.