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Ten Things to Know About Betty Cantrell - Miss America 2016

Betty Cantrell, from Warner Robins, Georgia, became the first Miss Georgia to take home the crown since 1953.

Last year, Miss Betty Cantrell was crowned the 95th Miss America on Septemeber 13, 2015 in the annual nationally televised pageant, beating out 51 others and winning a $50,000 scholarship. But just who is Betty Cantrell, of Warner Robins, Georgia?

Here are 10 things to know about Miss America!

1.  Betty Cantrell was born Baciliky "Betty" Cantrell.  Betty was named Baciliky after her Greek grandmother.  Baciliky is Greek meaning "royalty."

2.  Betty Cantrell is a 2012 graduate of Mount de Sales Academy located in Macon, Georgia.

3.  Miss America 2016 Doesn't Consider Herself a "Pageant Girl."  Cantrell entered her first pageant in 2013 and Cantrell once admitted she "had absolutely no clue what [she] was doing" early on in her career, adding " I had never actually thought about [doing pageants], because I just didn't think I was a pageant girl."

4.  Cantrell has musical aspirations to be on Broadway.

5.  Miss America 2016 grew up on a 700 acres farm in Warner Robins, Ga., Cantrell told The Macon Telegraph she learned to skin a rabbit, clean a deer and plow a field. As she put it, "All those great things that every girl should know."

6.  Betty Cantrell is currently enrolled in Mercer University and is working toward a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.

7.  Both of Cantrell's parents are physical therapists and they brought their daughter up in a household where being healthy and nutritionally conscious as a way if life.  Her upbringing was the inspiration for her to pursue a platform called "Healthy Georgia. Strong America."

8.  Miss America can do more than walk a stage in a fancy ball gown. She can pack heat and knows how to shoot a shotgun! But that’s not it — Betty can also drive a full-sized John Deere tractor and can plow and seed a field!

9.  Cantrell is the second Miss Georgia to win Miss America.  The first Miss Georgia to take the Miss America crown was Neva Jane Langley Fickling in 1953.

10.  Cantrell can sing and blew the judges away with her Opera voice during the pageant. Cantrell won the talent segment during the preliminary competitions this week. During the competition, she performed the classical piece “Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio” from Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly.

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posted 05/01/2017 in Trending Now
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