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GCA student and newly-crowned Miss Georgia Pre-Teen Queen Damácia Howard shows off her 1st place trophy.

Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) rising 8th grader Damácia Howard dazzled the judges this weekend and was crowned 2016 Miss Georgia Pre-Teen Queen. Damácia showed off her natural beauty and grace June 30th– July 2nd in this National American Miss competition. She will head to Anaheim, California this Thanksgiving to compete for the national pre-teen title. National American Miss awarded her the Volunteer Service Award for the pre-teen division, as well.

“Damácia is a wonderful example of the many types of unique and ambitious students supported by GCA,” said Matthew Arkin, GCA Head of School. “Community service is just one of the many extracurricular activities in which GCA students often excel.”

Earlier this year, Damácia was named the Georgia State Middle-Level Winner of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her incredible work with a national charity called Books for Africa. Through this organization, Damácia was able to donate thousands of books that she collected from her community of Union City, Georgia.

“I think I have an advantage as an online student,” Damácia said. “I have access to a lot more resources, and I constantly use the Internet.”

Damácia, a straight-A student last year, is able to work at a pace that makes her feel comfortable, at the level that is best for her. While she is entering 8th grade in the fall, Damácia will be taking 9th grade literature and high school biology and physical science.

“Her dad and I are just awed by her determination and commitment to her goals,” Regina Howard, Damácia’s mother, said. “We wanted her to be in a safe environment, free from the types of distractions that could be found in brick-and-mortar schools. The curriculum at GCA is rigorous, and the environment is set up for the students to achieve greatness and be successful.”

Damácia will continue serving the greater good as a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, a supporter of Books for Africa, and a role model for youth across the state – all while completing her rigorous school work.

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