COLUMBUS — Every year the Miss Columbus Pageant selects one girl to represent the city for the following year. As much a community service competition as a beauty pageant, the girls are selected for scholastic achievement and community service as well as poise on stage.

With the tension building as each award was announced the girls were visibly nervous.

First it was Miss Photogenic Tori Wynne, then Miss Congeniality Lauren Cassidy, Miss Scholastic, Cassidy again; Miss Community Service Kady Barrett, then Second Runner Up Tori Wynne and First Runner Up Alyssa Goodwin. The new Miss Columbus?

Lauren Cassidy.

Cassidy is a junior at Columbus Unified High School and the daughter of Jeff and Julie Cassidy of Columbus.

She received the $1,000 Elaine K. Herron Memorial Scholarship, a Kindle Fire and a $100 Visa gift card as well as several other prizes.

Cassidy said she is “very excited” to represent Columbus in this way and to “participate in community activities and serve the community.”

She said a need to serve Columbus was one of her major reasons for running.

“I thought it would be a good way to get involved in the community,” she said. “I knew all the other girls and knew we’d have fun together.”

Goodwin won a $500 scholarship, a Kindle and a $50 gift card, Wynne received a $250 scholarship, a Kindle and a $50 gift card.

Additionally Cassidy received a $100 gift card for winning Miss Scholastic and a $50 card for Miss Congeniality.

Wynne received a Nikon Coolpix digital camera for Miss Photogenic and Barrett won a $100 card for Miss Community Service.

Audrey Combs was named Little Miss Columbus and Blaze Dobkins was named Little Mr. Columbus. The Chris Award winner for 2012 was Wes Houser. and Carl and Wanda Swanson were named Mr. and Mrs. Columbus.