Valdosta Daily Times


November 4, 2012

Valdostan competes for Miss Georgia USA

VALDOSTA — A Valdosta State University senior will vie for the title of Miss Georgia USA Nov. 17 in Cartersville.

Lacie Yeager is the reigning Miss Georgia South USA,  one of seven titles she currently holds. Among the others are Miss Hope for Haley, Miss Azalea City, and Ms. Valdosta Dream Doll.

The 24-year-old brown-eyed brunette won her first pageant, Tiny Miss Southern Sweetheart, when she was 3 years old.

Yeager said entering pageants “gives me the ability to be myself, and it’s also given me a chance to show people outside the pageant world that we are real people ... that we are not just beauty, we have brains.”

The business administration major goes to school full time and works full time as office manager for the dental office of Dr. Heather Colson Hardy ... while carrying a grade point average of 3.2 plus. Her career goal is to become a professor so that she can “impact the lives of college students.”

Yeager, daughter of Lloyd and Sheatiel Carter of Valdosta, is very active in the community. She not only has one pageant platform but three, including spokesperson for Second Harvest of South Georgia.

“We feed thousands of citizens every day,” she said.

She’s also the ambassador for People Water.

“Our slogan is ‘Drop for a Drop.’ Every case of water we sell helps raise money to dig wells in Africa to provide clean water.”

And finally, she is a peer reader for Coastal Plains Heart Start.

“I volunteer my time to read to the children at least once a month,” she said.

Although talent is not required for this pageant, the Lowndes High School graduate is a dancer, having practiced her skill in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop and pointe for 22 years. She was on the dance line for The Bridgemen for four years and was the captain her senior year.

Instead of talent, contestants in the Miss Georgia USA will be judged on interview, evening gown, swimsuit, and on-stage question.

When asked three unique things about herself, she replies, “I have a crooked smile which is genetic from my grandmother. That’s the best part of my outfit.

“I eat four Reese’s cups and drink strawberry Yoo-hoo for breakfast.” (She claims this is the true breakfast of champions).

And she recently was a judge on TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

When asked what celebrity she would like to meet, she replied, “Tim Tebow because he has a strong faith and I would love to know his story and how he stands srong on what he believes in the midst of all the negativity about him.”

Faith is important to Yeager, who is a member of Bethany Baptist Church.

“I wouldn’t be here without my faith and trust in God,” she said.

“I really appreciate all the love and support everyone has given me, and I am blessed to represent South Georgia in the upcoming Miss Georgia USA Pageant.”

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