Miss KARE for Kids 2011 winners
People’s Choice: Kenzie Youngblood
Most Photogenic: Emma McCarron
Second Runner Up: Emma McCarron
First Runner Up: Emma Pelfrey
Petite Miss 2011: Alysa Reeves
People’s Choice: Avery Young
Most Photogenic: Madeline McCarron
Second Runner Up: Victoria Salo
First Runner Up: Grace Limburg
Little Miss 2011: Chloe Bennett
People’s Choice: Katelyn Borges
Most Photogenic: Calli Watson
Second Runner Up: Jessica Lovingood
First Runner Up: Caitlin Kimbro
Junior Miss 2011: Calli Watson
People’s Choice: Anna Dempsey
Most Photogenic: Sarah Rogers
Second Runner Up: Laryssa Carlisle
First Runner Up: Brittany Griggs
Teen Miss 2011: Hannah McConnell
People’s Choice: Brittany McCoy
Most Photogenic: Chloe Beacham
Second Runner Up: Brittany McCoy
First Runner Up: Chloe Beacham
Miss 2011: Morgan Bennett
Dressed in a floor length, silk gown, Morgan Bennett was crowned Miss KARE for Kids 2011 Saturday afternoon at Riverview Middle School.
Competing in her first pageant, Bennett, who is the daughter of Tim and Kim Bennett of Dawsonville, said her nerves turned to surprise when she was announced the winner.
“I was really doing the pageant for fun and because it’s for such a good cause,” said the Dawson County High School senior, who was also named homecoming queen last week.
Now in its second year, the pageant is one of several fundraisers for KARE for Kids, a local non-profit organization that provides Christmas presents to Dawson County children in need.
As queen, Morgan Bennett will represent KARE for Kids in various capacities during the next year, which she said is an added benefit.
“I went shopping with KARE for Kids last year when they bought presents for the kids,” she said, adding she looked forward to being more involved.
More than 50 contestants competed in Saturday’s pageants in seven age categories. Judging was based on beauty, poise and personality.
Each division queen received a crown, sash and bouquet of flowers. Trophies were also awarded to each runner-up of each age division.
Robin Smith, a KARE for Kids spokeswoman, called the pageant “a great success.”
“We had a profitable day and no complaints at all,” she said. “This is definitely an event we will have again next year.”