Local women shine in state pageants

LAWRENCEVILLE - Local pageant winner Monica Pang, Miss Lake Lanier, took home a crown Saturday night at the Miss Georgia Pageant in Columbus.

Pang's platform is America's Promise, an organization that offers a safe place for children to stay after school. The 24-year-old graduated in consumer journalism from the University of Georgia in 2003. She was crowned Miss University of Georgia the same year.

Another local young woman was recognized at the state level. Kimberly Gittings of Lilburn was named first runner-up at the Georgia's Most Outstanding Teen competition Friday night. Gittings won the evening gown preliminary on Wednesday, the fitness preliminary on Thursday and was named "Most Photogenic" at the finals on Friday. She is a rising junior at Parkview High School in Lilburn.

Kimberly's platform, A Hunger for the Wright Way, is a program that promotes eating disorder awareness and prevention. She also works closely with ANAD, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.

"I am forming a support group for people with eating disorders," Gittings said. "People can talk with individuals who have been through the same thing and not feel as if they are being judged."

Gittings said that she plans to use her scholarship winnings, currently $1,200, to attend either Emory or the University of Georgia in two years.