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Miss Georgia coming to help with prom prep

By Kay S.Pedrotti When Leighton Jordan of Suwannee, Miss Georgia 2012, comes to Barnesville on prom day next month, she will be following her philosophy that ‘any time I have a chance to mentor young people, I’m very happy doing that.’ The 20-year-old will be at Lamar County Comprehensive High School when a group of girls will be getting pampered at a spa day by local hairdressers, makeup artists and others. ’I’ll help with whatever is needed,’ Jordan says, ‘whether it’s walking in dressy shoes and long gowns, presenting a beautiful presence or making suggestions on hairstyles and makeup. I’m very excited about being in Barnesville ‘“ I’ve been through the town but never spent any time here. Everyone I’ve spoken to has been wonderful.’ A college student when she had to interrupt her schooling for Miss Georgia duties, Jordan says she will resume her studies in August. She will finish up a nursing degree at Mercer University or the University of Alabama at Huntsville. As Miss Georgia, Jordan has started a Sibling Support Group for sisters and brothers of special needs children. The daughter of Clennie and Jin Jordan of Suwannee, she has two older brothers, Ashton and Robin. Robin has disabilities so she is familiar with sibling struggles, she says. ’Every chance I get to talk about sibling support, I emphasize that it’s okay to struggle with what your family goes through. Sometimes jealousy, anger and frustration arise but that’s normal and nothing to be ashamed of. Siblings need a lot of help and knowledge because ultimately they’ll have the lifelong relationship with their special needs brother or sister. They’ll be the caregivers when the parents are no longer with them,’ Jordan says. Jordan describes the Miss America pageant as ‘just incredible, really and truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.’ She has become part of a group of eight girls who are fast friends, including Miss America Mallory Hagan, who was Miss New York. ’We’ve been invited to Mallory’s welcome-home ceremony when her reign is over,’ says Jordan. ‘I’m positive we all will be lifelong friends who wouldn’t have met if it weren’t for the national pageant.’ Miss Georgia shows she is very down-to-earth when she says, ‘I try to spend my off-time relaxing or working out at a gym but sometimes I’m just so tired that sleeping is my favorite pastime.’

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