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February 24, 2012

Moultrie coed wins Ms. ABAC title

MOULTRIE — Like mother, like daughter.

Following in the footsteps of her mom, Keaton Griner from Moultrie won the Ms. ABAC title in the 44th annual event at Howard Auditorium on Thursday night on the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Griner’s mother, Monika, won the Ms. ABAC title in 1987.

“Ms. ABAC was not just something I heard about and wanted to enter,” the sophomore Family and Consumer Science major said. “I knew about this pageant a long time before I ever even came to ABAC. This is a real honor, and I am so proud to represent this college.”

Sponsored by the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at ABAC, Griner is a Colquitt County High School graduate whose parents, Monika and Keith, were both in the audience for the event.

Other finalists included Randilee Evans, an early childhood education major from Hawkinsville, first runner-up; Kendall Singleton, an animal science major from Thomaston, second runner-up; Kristin Whitman, an English major from Sylvester, third runner-up; and Holly Lovell, a biology major from Sylvester, fourth runner-up.

Griner won the interview portion of the competition, and Alyssa Mills, a biology major from Lilburn, finished first in the essay competition. Mackenzie Sirmans, a social and community affairs major from Douglas, received the Ms. Congeniality award, and Evans was named the People’s Choice award winner.

Active in many aspects of the ABAC campus, Griner serves as vice president of the ABAC Ambassadors leadership organization and is a member of the Family and Consumer Sciences club and the Student Government Association, and she has been selected as the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity sweetheart. Griner also works as an intern with the Georgia Peanut Commission.

After completing her ABAC degree, Griner plans to attend the University of Georgia to study for a degree in dietetics with an emphasis on nutrition and food safety.

The pageant was sponsored by the ABAC Ag Business Club, which donated $500 from the proceeds to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

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