A personal message from Maggie (posted on Instagram):
Words cannot even express how full my heart is right now. My Miss America experience has been more than I could have ever asked for or imagined. I love my class, my fans, friends and family who all supported and loved me through this journey! It’s been a wild ride, but I’m so excited to head back to Georgia in the morning to be your Miss Georgia for the rest of my year. Our new #MissAmerica is AMAZING— so be sure to support and love her this year! Also @ChrisBHarrison told me I was beautiful, so honestly, I need to just quit while I’m ahead, right?! Love all of y’all! Peace out✌️✌️✌️
11 p.m. – Miss New York Kira Kazantsev is named Miss America.
10 p.m. – Maggie is one of five contestants chosen to receive a $5,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) scholarship.
9:20 p.m. – The full Top 15 are being announced. Maggie isn’t in the Top 15…BUT Miss America judges were given a chance to pick one more contestant to compete…
Maggie was shown in the front row of girls hoping to be the sixteenth finalist…however, the judges after “heated discussion” picked Miss North Dakota.
Maggie, Miss California and Miss Nevada were chosen to be the Official Instagrammers of the Miss America pageant @MissAmericaOrg
Maggie’s instagram is @MissGeorgiaOrg
9:15 p.m. – Miss Idaho was America’s choice top 15 finalist. Maggie was fifth in the America’s choice vote.
9:05 p.m. – Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges mentioned that she was a farmer’s daughter and that Georgia is #1 in peanut and pecan production. Maggie ended her group of contestants’ introductions by putting her hands in the air and jumping off a platform into the sand.
Mentions during the Countdown to Miss America
Maggie was briefly interviewed backstage at the makeup/wardrobe stations. She said she was anxious about finding out who the Top 15 were.
Name: Maggie Bridges
Hometown: Brinson, Georgia
Southwest Georgia Academy
Georgia Institute of TechnologyPlatform Issue: Impacting Others Through Volunteerism
Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a double minor in Pre-Pharmacy and Information Technology; to obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy degree
Scholastic Honors: Dean’s List; Faculty Honors at Georgia Tech; McFee Scholarship; Decatur County Farm Bureau Scholarship; Widner Memorial Scholarship
Career Ambition: To own a local pharmacy or work at a pharmaceutical company in information technology
Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Capital City
State Competition Sponsor: Miss Georgia Organization