When Mary Calkins’ first try for Miss Georgia Teen USA brought her second runner-up, she took a year to refine her pageant skills, and in November, the 15 year-old homeschooler took home the title in McDonough, Ga.
“I didn’t feel disappointed. I think it was a good thing,” she said about her first attempt. “I wasn’t ready to be a good title holder. I needed to work on building up my community service and become better at interview and public speaking.”
During the three day pageant, Calkins competed in swimsuit, evening gown and interview categories.