Evans recently hit the Money magazine list as one of the best places to live in the United States.
We can make a good claim that Evans High School is one of the prettiest places, too.
For the third year in a row, an Evans High School graduate has won the Miss Augusta scholarship pageant, taking the tiara that gives the winner a trip to the 2006 Miss Georgia pageant.
For 2005 Miss Augusta Erin Beasley, of Martinez, next year's competition will be her second shot at Miss Georgia; she competed in July in the state pageant after winning Miss Magnolia Midlands in 2004.
Joining Beasley at Miss Georgia 2005 was Ashley Foster, an Evans grad, who took the Miss Augusta title in 2004. In 2003, the Miss Augusta title went to EHS alumne Andrea Bailey, who won Miss Georgia before earning a runner-up spot in Miss America.
What is Evans High's secret?
"I have always been impressed with the talent and determination of Evans students," says EHS Principal Don Brigdon. "There is no secret. We are just blessed with great students, great parents and great teachers."
Erin is certainly a great young lady. The daughter of Dean and Laraine Beasley, Erin is a University of Georgia student and will spend the next year preparing for Miss Georgia. Her platform of cancer awareness is personal: Erin's dad was diagnosed five years ago with lymphoma.
We wish Erin the best of luck as she pursues the Miss Georgia crown - and congratulate Evans High School for a "threepeat" on the Miss Augusta title!
Congratulations, also, to The News-Times' own Quandra Collins, a staff writer who pursued her dream of competition by entering the Miss Augusta pageant.
Collins has recently written about Beasley and Foster as they represented our community in competition, and now she's had a great opportunity to experience their challenge first-hand. The entire News-Times staff is proud of her effort!
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