2016 Miss University of Georgia
Annie Jorgensen is a second-year student majoring in journalism and communication studies. She is the daughter of Dr. Scott and Jill Jorgensen from Mequon, Wisconsin.
An honors student, Annie receives the One UGA II Scholarship and an Out-of-State Waiver Scholarship. She has been on the dean’s list consistently since entering UGA. Her career goal is to become an anchor for a nationally broadcast news program or an NFL sideline reporter. She was selected as Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Volunteer of the Year and is a recipient of an “Award of Appreciation for Dedication and Passion for Children” from the organization Generations Against Bullying.
Annie has held a number of leadership roles, including the serving on the Jorgensen Family Foundation, as a feature speaker for Generations Against Bullying, as assistant new member educator for Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, as note taker for students with learning disabilities and as a board member for the Teen Advisory Council at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In 2011, she won the state title of Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen, a program of the Miss America Organization, and in 2013 was chosen as Miss High School America, a national title that allowed her to travel across the country speaking about issues affecting young people of her generation.
During her year of service as Miss University of Georgia, she will promote her platform entitled “Compassion in Action: Accepting Yourself and Others.” Annie has realized that a lack of self-awareness is the underlying issue for thousands of teens and children who struggle with acceptance. Often this stems from poor role models, unrealistic media images, poor literacy skills, socioeconomic factors, traumatic personal events and peer pressure. She will also continue her partnership with Generations Against Bullying during her reign as Miss UGA.
Annie will compete in the 2016 Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant June 11-19 in Columbus, Georgia. The winner of that pageant will represent Georgia in the Miss America Pageant.
The Miss University of Georgia Pageant is an official preliminary for the Miss America Organization, the largest private scholarship foundation for women in the United States. This year, scholarship assistance totaling more than $45 million was available to contestants at the local, state and national levels of competition. The Miss America Organization, established in 1921, is a non-profit civic organization. The Miss UGA Pageant is a program within UGA’s Division of Student Affairs and Department of Student Activities.