Meet Miss Georgia
Name: Adeline Kenerly
Title: Miss Georgia
Hometown: Jesup, Georgia
Education: University of Georgia – Junior –Double Major: Broadcast and Digital Journalism, Political Science (Pre-law); Wayne County High Schoo
Platform Issue: Helping Heroes: Support for America’s Veterans
Scholastic/Career Ambition: Obtain a B.A. in Journalism and a J.D.; Become a broadcast journalist
Talent: Baton Twirling
Scholastic Honors: 3.99 GPA on plus/minus scale, 4.0 GPA on HOPE system; accepted to prestigious Grady College of Journalism; David Laney Legal Scholarship Recipient; UGA Dean’s List; Golden Key Honor Society.
Leadership Roles: Elected to UGA Student Government Association; Ambassador for Student Veterans Association; “Dawgs for the Troops” Campaign Organizer; ZTA Sorority Programs Council; ESPN-U Correspondent; WCHS Student Body President.
Accomplishments: One of only 700 UGA students selected since 1896 to join SPHNIX Honor Society; News reporter and anchor for Grady Newsource; Created and marketed Addie’s Bears, raising over $2,000 for CMNH; Member of UGA Miracle, club responsible for raising about $1 million annually for CMNH; UGA Majorette, Choreographer and Featured Performer; Twirled for USA in Australia and won International Cup Gold Medal against 14 countries; 2013 top collegiate twirler in southeast; Received 500+ twirling awards; Implemented statewide Anti-Bullying Campaign.
Interesting Facts: Third-generation Miss Georgia Pageant contestant; One of four siblings born in five years; Former competition water skier, swimmer, and rhythmic gymnast; Can recite the alphabet backwards; Competed with World Champion twirl team based in California and flew to Sacramento every month for a year; Am a ‘Quote-a-holic’; Published a children’s book; Proud owner of a chocolate lab named Knox, UGA Majorette mascot and veteran’s therapy dog; Use Sign Language to help in local community and signed with Miss America Heather Whitestone.
Employment: Patient Coordinator at an Orthopedic Surgery Center; Twirling Instructor and Choreographer.
How has the world you come from shaped your dreams and aspirations? I grew up in a close-knit rural community, with deep roots as a 4th generation resident. It is an environment of support and encouragement where everyone knows and shares in each other’s accomplishments. This support has enabled me to believe in myself and pursue my academic and extra-curricular goals on the national and even international stage, where I intend to foster the same sense of empowerment in my broader community.
Of the ways you could succeed in your life, why have you chosen to succeed in the Miss America Pageant? My family legacy in the MAO system has given me a deep commitment to this organization. I have seen first hand the positive impact it has had on strong female figures in my personal life as well as my career role models. The role of Miss America has evolved into becoming largely a spokesperson and this appeals to me because of my career ambition of broadcast journalism.
What social issue, other than your platform, will have the greatest impact on your generation and why? Low Self-Esteem is eating away at the fabric of my generation and is bolstered by the barrage of “photo-shopped” unrealistic images plastered on social media, television, and print.