A St. George native will compete in the upcoming Miss South Carolina scholarship pageant.
Magdalena Willis, 18, is the current Miss Garden City 2019. A sophomore at the College of Charleston majoring in secondary education, Willis is the daughter of Christina and Kirk Willis of St. George and Elgin. She said she is ecstatic for the opportunity to compete this June.
“Through my opportunity to reign as Miss Garden City, I have the chance to spread awareness on issues and topics that I am passionate about. This year has allowed me to educate the people of Orangeburg County and other areas in South Carolina about the dangers, signs and ways to stop sex trafficking,” Willis said.
She has been an outspoken advocate for the Orangeburg community through her personal platform, “Not for Sale” sex trafficking awareness.
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“It has allowed me to speak out to my peers, becoming another social media advocate, as well as critical face to face conversations with friends and strangers that asked me about my competition journey and what I hope to accomplish as a candidate. I have been able to shift the mindset surrounding sex trafficking from a foreign issue, through those conversations to one affecting us all by bringing to light that it happens here at home as well,” she said.
“Bearing the title of Miss Garden City has been an incredible honor. I’m looking forward to what competition week holds for me and my fellow sister queens. I am excited to have the opportunity to share my life experiences on the Miss South Carolina stage, while also voicing my opinions on issues that I am passionate about.
“Even in the local level, the Miss America 2.0 and Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization creates the opportunity for me to speak to others in a way that could take years. I have loved my time as Miss Garden City and I’m so thankful and grateful for all the people that I have met along the way.”