Brittany Parks, 23, of McDonough, was crowned Miss Georgia State University 2012, and will compete this summer for the title of Miss Georgia America.
A McDonough nursing student will compete for the title of Miss Georgia America this summer, and for the chance to compete in the Miss America Pageant next year.
“This is my one and only opportunity to compete in the Miss America pageant system, and I hope to capture the crown,” said Brittany Parks, a senior at Georgia State University, in Atlanta.
The 23-year-old won the opportunity in February by taking home the crown in the 17th Annual Miss Georgia State University Pageant, a local preliminary in the Miss America Program.
“I was ecstatic when I was crowned Miss Georgia State University 2012, in addition to winning the swimsuit, talent, and evening gown portions of the competition,” said Parks.
Parks, a 2006 graduate of Union Grove High School, contends her goal in competing in the pageant was not necessarily to win it.
“I made the decision to compete in the Miss Georgia State University pageant, because I wanted to make new friends and get actively involved on campus in a leadership position,” she explained.
Parks said that, by winning the title, she became an official representative of Georgia State University, setting a record for becoming the first contender in the Miss America Organization to perform the circus art of aerial silks for the talent portion of the competition.
She also qualified to compete at the state level for the title of Miss Georgia America, scheduled for June 20-23, in Columbus. The winner of the competition will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant in January 2013.
The young pageant queen plans to make various appearances in order to promote her personal platform of increasing physical activity among young people and their families to combat childhood obesity. Specifically, her platform advocates for the NFL Play 60 Program.
Parks — the daughter of Douglas and Cindy Parks and older sister to twin brothers William and Edward — is expected to be the first to perform aerial acrobatics in the history of the state pageant.
Parks is a member of Dancers on Pointe at Georgia State University, a freelance make-up artist and continues to serve as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, Inc.
This coming fall, she plans to enter the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing at Georgia State University. She hopes to eventually earn a master of science degree in nursing and become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.