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Saya Watson Takes Home Top Title at National American Miss Georgia Pageant

Saya Watson Takes Home Top Title at National American Miss Georgia Pageant

Saya Mccaa Watson recently competed in the National American Miss Georgia pageant and took home the top title for her age group, National American Miss Princess. She will represent Georgia in the national pageant in Orlando this November, where she will have the opportunity to win scholarship money and other exciting prizes.

Saya is the daughter of Gabriel and Katie Watson. She attends Rincon Elementary School, where she will be in second grade.

Saya got started in pageants at age 2 after seeing her older sister competing in one. Since then, she’s been going strong, competing in multiple pageants each year. This is her second year competing in the National American Miss Georgia pageant. Last year, she was the first runner-up, so she was motivated to try again this year, and her hard work paid off because she went home with the top honor.

Saya competed in four categories: formal wear, personal introduction, interview and a community service project.

During the formal wear portion, she showed off a formal dress and was escorted onto the stage by her dad. She then gave a 30 second speech where she introduced herself, her hometown and told the audience a fun fact about herself.

The interview portion is a closed competition. She met one-on-one with judges who asked her open-ended questions about her interests and goals.

The community service project is a collaborative effort among the contestants. Before the pageant, each contestant brings a children’s book or school supplies to donate to a library, school or shelter. The donations are then presented by the state queens.

Saya engages with the community through her platform, Saya’s Smiles, where she delivers encouraging cards and snacks for first responders to thank them for all that they do. She hopes to expand Saya’s Smiles by visiting nursing homes, hospitals and other places where people need a smile.

When she’s not doing pageants, Saya loves doing arts and crafts and cheering with the Rincon Recreation Center.

If you’d like to cheer Saya on as she competes in the national pageant, follow her on Instagram at @thenamgaprincess.

Q&A With Saya

Saya is a pro at the interview competition, so we asked Saya a few questions much like the ones she’s asked by the judges.

What is your favorite thing about pageants?

My favorite thing about pageants is making new friends. Most of my best friends are from pageants and we always have so much fun. I also love dressing as a princess.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a police officer when I grow up because I want to catch bad guys, help people in need and eat donuts!

What’s your favorite color?


What’s your favorite food?

Daddy’s chicken tacos

What’s your favorite animal?


What’s your favorite movie?

Inside Out

What’s your favorite book?

Kitty’s Magic

What’s your favorite subject?