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New Miss Gwinnett crowned at fair
South Gwinnett grad wins title

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Snellville native was crowned this year's Miss Gwinnett County on Saturday evening at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

South Gwinnett High School graduate Kristen Springer also won awards for the evening gown and talent portions of the competition, which serves as the preliminary for Miss Georgia. In all, Springer won $1,800 in scholarship money.

"It means so much to me. ... It was totally unexpected. I'm so honored and so blessed," Springer said after she was crowned. "I've always dreamt of going to Miss Georgia as Miss Gwinnett, because I grew up here."

Springer, who dances professionally, said this was her first time competing in a Miss America preliminary pageant.

University of Georgia student Lauren Edmunds, who is from Americus, was named first runner-up. She also won awards for the swimsuit and interview portions of the competition. She won $1,150 in scholarship money.

Braselton resident Courtney Peidrahita was named second runner-up and won a $500 scholarship.

Amanda Erwin, of Dewey Rose, was named third runner-up and won a $300 scholarship.

Springer will compete in the 2010 Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant in June.

Miss Georgia is an official preliminary for Miss America, the world's leading provider of scholarships for women.