Miss Georgia 2022
A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, 22-year old Kesley Hollis is currently a student at the
University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has interned for VFL Films and the SEC Network and
one day plans a career in sports psychology, with aspirations of opening her own firm of
traveling sports psychologists. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys watching and playing almost all
sports, including football. She can also be found at her local gym working out, ministering to
and volunteering in her community, relaxing as she watches an episode of “The Office,” or
enjoying time spent with family and friends.
Growing up with her older brother Jeremy, who was diagnosed at a young age with Autism
Spectrum Disorder, led Kelsey to become an advocate not only for the joys and struggles of the
disabled, but also their families. In 2014, Kelsey founded the non-profit organization “TAABS:
Teaching Autism Awareness by Siblings.” In March of 2015, Kelsey was able to meet privately
with Georgia legislators to discuss and advocate for the passing of SB118, Ava’s Law. This
proposed bill would potentially provide up to $35,000 in insurance coverage per year towards
the psychological care of those diagnosed with ASD in the state of Georgia. The bill was
successfully passed one week later on March 31, 2015.
For the past six years Kelsey has been the founder and director of the “Miss Queen of Summer”
pageant, which honors girls in middle and high school with diagnosed disabilities. In addition,
Kelsey has worked with numerous other organizations, including Children’s Miracle Network
Hospitals, Preemie Closet, Fluffy Friend 3C, Navicent Health, and Autism Speaks. Through
these endeavors, she has been able to raise more than $10,000 for CMNH.
This year Kelsey has expanded her Social Impact Initiative “Autism Acceptance: A Platform for
Change” on an educational level. She has created an education initiative entitled “A-Cubed.”
This initiative promotes inclusivity through teaching Awareness, Acceptance, and Advocacy of
the autism community. Her goal is to spread ways for everyone to cohesively exist, while
feeling appreciated and understood within different environments. She has been able to teach
this initiative in 15 schools within the Georgia School System during this past year.
In 2016, Kelsey served as Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen and placed second runner-up to
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. In addition, she took home the overall vocal talent award. In
2019, while competing for the title of Miss Georgia, Kelsey won a talent preliminary and was
named second runner-up. In the summer of 2021, Kelsey represented the Nashville area as Miss Music City and competed in the Miss Tennessee Competition. She took home a talent preliminary award, an overall talent award, and was named third runner-up to Miss Tennessee.
In August of 2021, Kelsey won the title of Miss Capital City, giving her the opportunity to once
again compete on the Miss Georgia stage. Impressing both the audiences and the judges,
Kelsey walked away with a preliminary talent award, a preliminary award for on-stage interview
and social impact pitch, received the Women in Business Award, and was named Overall
Interview winner. The Miss Georgia week culminated on June 18 with Kelsey’s being crowned
2022 Miss Georgia. She will go on to compete for the title of Miss America in December.