Miss Mississippi

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Former Miss Mississippi titleholders at the 50th anniversary of the pageant in 2007

Miss Mississippi is a scholarship pageant and a preliminary of Miss America. The contest began in 1934, has been held in Vicksburg since 1958, and provides more money than any other scholarship pageant in the Miss America Organization.

Four Miss Mississippis have won the Miss America crown: Mary Ann Mobley (1959), Lynda Lee Mead (1960), Cheryl Prewitt (1980), and Susan Akin (1986).

Hattiesburg is home to nine Miss Mississippis, which is more than any other city/town.

Asya Branch of Booneville was crowned Miss Mississippi 2018 on June 23, 2018 at Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2019 on September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Gallery of past titleholders

Results summary

The year in parentheses indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.

Placements

  • Miss Americas: Mary Ann Mobley (1959), Lynda Lee Mead (1960), Cheryl Prewitt (1980), Susan Akin (1986)
  • 1st runners-up: Katherine Wright (1949), Patricia Puckett (1966), Joan Myers (1968), Hannah Roberts (2016)
  • 2nd runners-up: Donna Pope (1981) (tie), Dianne Evans (1983), Kathy Manning (1985), Myra Barginear (1998)
  • 3rd runners-up: Christine McClamroch (1971), Wanda Geddie (1984), Christy May (2001), Taryn Foshee (2007)
  • 4th runners-up: Suzanne Dugger (1954), Toni Seawright (1988), Mary Allison Hurdle (1992), Laura Lee Lewis (2017)
  • Top 10: Charlotte Ann Carroll (1963), Karen Hopson (1982), Kimberly McGuffee (1987), Carla Haag (1989), Rebecca Blouin (1995), Monica Louwerens (1996), Kari Litton (1997), Jennifer Adcock (2003), Jasmine Murray (2015)
  • Top 15: Laurice McFarland (1925), Jessie Morgan (1952), Chelsea Rick (2014)
  • Top 16: Kimberly Morgan (2008)
  • Top 18: Dorothy Ely (1933)
  • Top 20: Becky Pruett (2002)

Awards

Preliminary awards

Non-finalist awards

  • Non-finalist Talent: Lennie Nobles (1946), Patricia McRaney (1961), Robbie Robertson (1967), Lenena Holder (1994), Heather Soriano (2000), Sarah Beth James (2011), Marie Wicks (2013)

Other awards

Winners

Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2018 Asya Branch[1] Booneville 20 Miss Tupelo Vocal TBD TBD
2017 Anne Elizabeth Buys[2][3] Vicksburg 21 Miss Vicksburg Ballet en pointe "Viva" by Bond Quality of Life Award Finalist[4] Previously Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen 2013

Cousin married to Miss Mississippi 2009, Anna Tadlock[5]
2016 Laura Lee Lewis[6] Brookhaven 23 Miss Dixie Vocal "A Piece of Sky" by Barbra Streisand 4th runner-up Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Medalist

Quality of Life Award Finalist[7]
Previously Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen 2009

3rd runner-up at National Sweetheart in 2014
2015 Hannah Roberts[8] Mount Olive 22 Miss University of Southern Mississippi Classical Violin "Zapateado, No. 2, Opus 23" 1st runner-up Louanne Gamba Instrumentalist Scholarship

Quality of Life Award Finalist

STEM Scholarship Award Winner
Previously Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi 2011
2nd runner-up at Distinguished Young Woman of America 2011[9]
2014 Jasmine Murray[10] Columbus 22 Miss Riverland Vocal "Something's Got a Hold on Me" Top 10 Quality of Life Award Finalist Previously Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen 2007[11]
Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008

American Idol Season 8 Finalist[12]

3rd African American to be crowned Miss Mississippi[citation needed]
2013 Chelsea Rick Fulton 23 Miss Amory Railroad Festival Vocal "Can't Help Lovin' That Man" Top 15 Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award
2012 Marie Wicks Ocean Springs 22 Miss Dixie Piano "Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement" Non-finalist Talent Award
2011 Mary Margaret Roark[13] Cleveland 20 Miss North Central Mississippi Piano "Nostradamus" by Tonci Huljic
2010 Sarah Beth James Madison 20 Miss Metro Jackson Piano "Piano Fantasy" by William Joseph Non-finalist Talent Award
2009 Anna Tadlock McCool 23 Miss New South Vocal "A New Life" from Jekyll & Hyde Married cousin of Miss Mississippi 2017, Anne Elizabeth Buys[5]
2008 Christine Kozlowski D'Iberville 19 Miss Gulf Coast Jazz Dance Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award First Latino to be crowned Miss Mississippi[14]
2007 Kimberly Morgan Oxford 24 Miss Heritage Vocal "God Bless the Child" Top 16 Second African American to be crowned Miss Mississippi[citation needed]
2006 Taryn Foshee Clinton 21 Miss Byram Tri County Piano "El Cumbanchero" by Rafael Hernández Marín 3rd runner-up
2005 Kristian Dambrino Grenada 20 Miss Grenada County Original Vocal & Piano Composition "Pearlington's Prayer"
2004 Jalin Wood Waynesboro 23 Miss Metro Jackson Piano "Cumana" Later Miss Mississippi USA 2007
2003 Allison Kellogg Madison 22 Miss Madison County Ballet en Pointe "The Magic Bird of Fire" Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1999
2002 Jennifer Adcock Hattiesburg 22 Miss West Central Mississippi Piano "Rhapsody in Blue" Top 10 Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1998

Later Miss Mississippi USA 2005
Top 10 at Miss USA 2005
2001 Becky Pruett Laurel 22 Miss Deep South Vocal "Whatever Lola Wants" Top 20 Preliminary Talent Award

Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up
2000 Christy May Pontotoc 24 Miss Pontotoc Piano "Theme from The Apartment" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award
1999 Heather Soriano Philadelphia 22 Miss East Central Mississippi Vocal / Dance "Trouble" from Smokey Joe's Cafe Non-finalist Talent Award Later Miss Mississippi USA 2002
1998 Melinda King Waynesboro 22 Miss Hattiesburg Vocal "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)"
1997 Myra Barginear Grenada 23 Miss West Central Classical Vocal "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville 2nd runner-up Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship
1996 Kari Litton Pontotoc 23 Miss New South Vocal "Cry" Top 10
1995 Monica Louwerens Greenville 21 Miss Magnolia Vocal "Vanilla Ice Cream" from She Loves Me Top 10 Rembrandt Award for Mentorship
1994 Rebecca Blouin Batesville 23 Miss Dixieland Classical Vocal "Quando me'n vo'" Top 10
1993 Lenena Holder Booneville 24 Miss Magnolia Classical Vocal "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly Non-finalist Talent Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1992 Kandace Williams Tupelo 23 Miss Tupelo Vocal "Ain't It Good" from Children of Eden
1991 Mary Allison Hurdle Holly Springs 24 Miss DeSoto County Classical Vocal "Chi Il Bel Sogno di Doretta" from La Rondine 4th runner-up
1990 Beth Howell Clinton 21 Miss Dixie Magic Act Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1987
1989 Cherry Busby Tupelo 19 Miss Tupelo Vocal "My Funny Valentine"
1988 Carla Haag Hattiesburg 23 Miss Dixie Vocal Medley "Here's to the Band" & "Alexander's Ragtime Band" Top 10 Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1983
1987 Toni Seawright Moss Point 23 Miss Mississippi University for Women Popular Vocal "I'm Going All the Way" 4th runner-up First African American to be crowned Miss Mississippi
1986 Kimberly McGuffee Mendenhall 23 Miss Lamar County Popular Vocal "Inseparable" Top 10
1985 Nan Sumrall Hattiesburg Miss Hattiesburg
N/A
Assumed the title after Akin became Miss America 1986

Known now as Nan Kelley, host on Great American Country TV[citation needed]
Susan Akin Meridian 21 Miss University Vocal "You're My World" Winner Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award
1984 Kathy Manning Drew 22 Miss University of Mississippi Country Vocal "Crazy" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award Later Miss Mississippi USA 1987
Top 10 at Miss USA 1987
1983 Wanda Geddie Hattiesburg 24 Miss William Carey College Vocal "More Than You Know" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award
1982 Dianne Evans Taylorsville 22 Miss William Carey College Vocal "Stormy Weather" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1981 Karen Hopson Vicksburg 21 Miss Vicksburg Character Ballet en Pointe "Overture from Annie" Top 10 Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award
1980 Donna Pope McNeil 24 Miss Picayune Ballet "Overture from Oklahoma!" 2nd runner-up (tie) Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1979 Sherye Simmons Jackson
N/A
Assumed the title after Prewitt became Miss America 1980
Cheryl Prewitt Ackerman 22 Miss Starkville Vocal / Piano "Don't Cry Out Loud" Winner Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award
1978 Cheri Brown Meridian 21 Miss Oxford Popular Vocal "Evergreen" Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award (tie) Later Miss Mississippi USA 1980
1977 Mary Donnelly Oxford 19 Miss University Vocal "The Good Songs" Wife of Miss America Chairman of the Board, Sam Haskell[citation needed]
1976 Bobbye Wood Hattiesburg 19 Miss William Carey College Vocal "Starting Here, Starting Now"
1975 Mollie Magee Mendenhall 19 Miss University of Southern Mississippi Popular Vocal "Lights on the Hill" Contestant at Miss Teenage America 1972
1974 Diane Bounds Gulfport 21 Miss Mississippi State University Popular Vocal "When You Smile"
1973 Kathleen Coole Gulfport 19 Miss Mississippi State College for Women Vocal Medley "Everything's Alright" & "I Don't Know How to Love Him"
1972 Glenda Meadows Richton 23 Miss Richton Vocal Medley "Am I Blue?" & "I'd Rather Be Blue"
1971 Jennifer Blair Tupelo 21 Miss Mississippi State University Popular Vocal "I Wish You Love" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1970 Christine McClamroch Columbus 21 Miss Columbus Vocal Medley "Cabaret", "Try to Remember", & "You'll Never Walk Alone" 3rd runner-up
1969 Jane Foshee Hattiesburg 19 Miss Hattiesburg Vocal / Soft Shoe Dance "Makin' Whoopee" Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1967
1968 Mary Mills McComb 19 Miss University of Southern Mississippi Piano Comedy Presentation "Habanera" & "La Poupée Valsante" by Fritz Kreisler
1967 Joan Myers Forest 20 Miss Mississippi College Speech & Display of Original Art "Doctor Zhivago" 1st runner-up Featured performer on the Miss America 1969 telecast
1966 Robbie Robertson Hattiesburg 20 Miss University of Southern Mississippi Dramatic Reading "Adam Bede" by George Eliot Non-finalist Talent Award Top 10 at Maid of Cotton 1966
1965 Patricia Puckett Columbus 20 Miss Columbus Vocal "I Ain't Down Yet" from The Unsinkable Molly Brown 1st runner-up Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award Featured performer on the Miss America 1967 telecast
1964 Judy Simono Vicksburg 20 Miss Vicksburg Classical Ballet "Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty"
1963 Jan Nave McComb Miss Mississippi State College for Women Contemporary Dance
1962 Charlotte Ann Carroll Walthall 19 Miss Eupora Comedy Song & Dance Routine "Olive Oyl" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1961 Annice Jernigan New Albany 21 Miss University of Mississippi Piano Medley
1960 Patricia McRaney McComb 20 Miss McComb Speech & Art Presentation Non-finalist Talent Award
1959 Betty Porter Brookhaven
N/A
Assumed the title after Mead became Miss America 1960
Lynda Lee Mead Natchez 20 Miss University Original Dramatic Act "Schizophrenia" Winner
1958 Margie Wilson Itta Bena
N/A
Assumed the title after Mobley became Miss America 1959
Mary Ann Mobley Brandon 19 Vocal Medley & Dance "Un Bel Di" & "There'll Be Some Changes Made" Winner Preliminary Talent Award Contestant at Maid of Cotton 1958
1957 Mary Allen Yazoo City Dance & Art Presentation
1956 Martha Tisdale Hattiesburg Drama
1955 Carolyn Cochran Lucedale Dramatic Monologue
1954 Celeste Luckett Clarksdale Drama Contestant at Maid of Cotton 1955
1953 Suzanne Dugger Picayune Vocal Medley & Dance "Bill" & "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey" 4th runner-up
1952 Dora Livingston Yazoo City
1951 Jessie Morgan Newton Ballet Top 15
1950 Annie Roberts Hattiesburg
1949 Katherine Wright Pascagoula Dramatic Sketch "Hagar" 1st runner-up
1948 Virginia Hollingsworth Kosciusko
1947 Kitty Bailey Oxford Painting
1946 Lennie Nobles Greenwood Dance Non-finalist Talent Award
1945 Harriet Carr Marks Stand-up Comedy
1944 Sarah Topp Tupelo
1943 Arminta Scott Corinth
1942 Dorothy Fox Columbus Miss Congeniality
1941 Madeline Smith[15] Winona
1940 Carolyn Simon Greenvill
1939 Doris Coggins Baldwyn Miss Congeniality
1938 Frances Sykes Aberdeen
1937 Virginia Riley West Point
1936 Rachel Smith Booneville
1935 LeFrance Boyett Sumner
1934 Madolyn Hardy Belzoni
No pageant was held
1933 Dorothy Ely 24 Top 18
1932
No pageants were held
1931
1930
1929
1928
1927 Phyllis Hunt Miss Biloxi Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
1926 Mabel Riley
1925 Laurice McFarland Top 15
1924 Vivian Ruth Shaddinger Multiple Mississippi representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Mabel Batson Miss Jackson
1923
No Mississippi representative at Miss America pageant
1922
1921

References

  1. ^ "Asya Branch, Miss Tupelo, crowned Miss Mississippi". Clarion Ledger. June 23, 2018. 
  2. ^ Miss Vicksburg Anne Elizabeth Buys crowned Miss Mississippi
  3. ^ Frazier, Terri Cowart (June 24, 2017). "Buys named Miss Mississippi". The Vicksburg Post. 
  4. ^ Frazier, Terry Cowart (August 31, 2017). "Miss Mississippi's platform recognized at Miss America pageant". The Vicksburg Post. 
  5. ^ a b Apel, Therese (June 25, 2017). "Miss Mississippi finds inspiration in family, faith". The Vicksburg Post. 
  6. ^ "3 time runner-up from Brookhaven wins Miss Mississippi crown". washingtontimes.com. 26 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Miss America 2017 will be one of these 52 contestants". AL.com. September 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ Threadgill, Jacob (June 28, 2015). "Miss USM crowned Miss Mississippi". The Clarion-Ledger. Jackson, MS: Gannett. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-12. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  10. ^ 12:51 p.m. CDT July 13, 2014 (2014-07-13). "Jasmine Murray crowned Miss Mississippi". Clarionledger.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  11. ^ Watkins, Billy (2009-02-24). "A star in the making? 3 Miss. cities happily lay claim to 'Idol' contestant Murray". Clarion Ledger. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Black TV Ratings for Week of March 16–22". Target Market News. 2009-05-21. 
  13. ^ "Mary Margaret Roark reigns in state pageant". Clarion Ledger. July 2, 2011. 
  14. ^ http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080628/FEAT0701/80628016&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL
  15. ^ "Miss Delaware to Give Atlantic City Beauties Run for U. S. Honors". Wilmington, Delaware: The Morning News. September 4, 1941. 

External links

  • Miss Mississippi official website
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