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Bennett named Miss KARE for Kids
Pageant benefits children in need
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Calli Watson, 10, said she loves to “get all dressed up” when she competes in pageants. Watson was crowned Junior Miss KARE for Kids. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

Miss KARE for Kids 2011 winners

Petite Miss:

People’s Choice: Kenzie Youngblood

Most Photogenic: Emma McCarron

Second Runner Up: Emma McCarron

First Runner Up: Emma Pelfrey

Petite Miss 2011: Alysa Reeves


Little Miss:

People’s Choice: Avery Young

Most Photogenic: Madeline McCarron

Second Runner Up: Victoria Salo

First Runner Up: Grace Limburg

Little Miss 2011: Chloe Bennett


Junior Miss:

People’s Choice: Katelyn Borges

Most Photogenic: Calli Watson

Second Runner Up: Jessica Lovingood

First Runner Up: Caitlin Kimbro

Junior Miss 2011: Calli Watson


Teen Miss:

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.”