Georgia Southern University

Megan Johnson Becomes Georgia Southern’s Sweetheart

Miss Georgia Southern 2015

MissGeorgiaSouthernEighteen young women competed for the title of “Miss Georgia Southern” on Saturday and contestant No. 1 Megan Johnson took the crown followed by first runner-up Amanda Merry and second runner-up Layne Livingston.

“I’ve done a few [pageants],” Johnson said, “But this is probably the biggest one I’ve ever done! I’ve won in the past, but all those wins were just leading up to this one.”

Johnson is a proud member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority on campus as well as a hardworking, sophomore nursing major. The Savannah native brought home a $2,000 scholarship as well as gifts from sponsors

The students competed in several categories including an interview portion, talent, swimsuit, evening wear and a question and answer session. “Miss Congeniality” and “Fan Favorite” winners were selected as well.

The University Programming Board (UPB) worked hard to make this pageant go smoothly. Tyler Flaim, the special events chair, teamed up with other members to plan the event.

“Things seemed to run pretty seamlessly,” Flaim said. “And the girls looked like they were having a great time on stage. I know they were all really excited about the pageant, and the audience was significantly entertained.”

The Miss Georgia Southern University pageant became an official local preliminary pageant to the Miss Georgia and Miss America Pageants in 1948. This year marks the 67th year for the pageant at Georgia Southern.

“This was by far the largest pageant that I’ve ever had a hand in working on,” said Memory Littles, assistant director of Georgia Southern UPB. “We were a little concerned in the beginning with the amount of contestants that we had with the length and quality of the show, but the girls all had a great time, and we had a great time planning it. Overall it went really well!”

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125-degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. Visit:

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