Shayla Jackson Crowned Miss Georgia High School America

posted Oct 11, 2017, 6:03 AM by LAVERNE HILL

On Sunday, September 17th, 2017, Shayla Jackson of Valdosta was crowned Miss Georgia High School America at the Henry County Performing Arts Center in McDonough, GA.  Shayla will represent the Peach State at the National Miss High School America Pageant to be held June 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Shayla is currently a sophomore at Lowndes High School. She is an Honor roll student, member of the Class Cabinet, Interact Club, HOSA Club, Sign Language Club, National Beta Club and co caption of the Junior Varsity Volleyball team.

Shayla is very active within the community.  She holds a Christmas toy drive for the Children’s Advocacy Center along with donating stuffed animals throughout the year, donates school supplies and backpacks to children in the community, volunteers at Hahira Community Day, James Eunice Day, B.A.R.C. animal rescue and talks to elementary students about being B.R.A.V.E  Building Respect And Values for Everyone.  The national pageant platform B.R.A.V.E.  raises awareness to school aged children about anti-bullying through classroom, library and community presentation to promote a bully-free environment and to be a ‘standbyer’ not a ‘bystander’ when bullying is happening.

In her spare time, Shayla models for Michelle’s Formal Wear in Adel, GA and 109 Central Boutique in Downtown Valdosta, GA.  She has walked in New York Teen Fashion week, modeled for dress designer Rachel Allan and is signed by Ursula Wiedmann Models.

Shayla was diagnosed with severe hearing loss before her third birthday and wears hearing aids.  She has been subject to bullying as a child and as a teen. She wants kids to remember that everyone is different.  Not better or worse. Just different.  Shayla wants kids and teens to know that regardless of any obstacle they have, they can be and do anything they set their minds to.

The Miss Georgia Junior High, High School and Collegiate America pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss Junior High, High School and Collegiate America Pageant and is under the direction of Julie and Anna Barnes.  For additional information regarding the pageant or to request participation information visit or contact the director at  The Miss High School America Pageant competition exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for high school girls.  It is the goal to provide outstanding young ladies the opportunity to compete in a pageant system that has the highest moral values.