Sunday, June 26, 2016

Miss Mississippi ~ Laura Lee Lewis

Laura Lee Lewis

She is ready to meet with the press 
and sign her contract!

ELEGANCE: Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis, from Brookhaven, finished fourth runner-up in Sunday’s finale of the Miss America Pageant. Lewis was crowned Miss Mississippi at the Vicksburg Convention Center in June.

Miss Mississippi performs well at Miss America

Published 11:03 am Monday, September 12, 2016
Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis was named fourth runner-up and winner of a $10,000 scholarship last night during the 2017 Miss America Pageant, which was held in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
“Laura Lee was so deserving of fourth runner up. We are extremely proud of her efforts,” the executive director of the Miss Mississippi Pageant David Blackledge said following the competition.
Lewis was one of 52 women who were vying for the title during the annual event with Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields crowned the winner.
Rounding out the top five were third runner-up Miss Washington Alicia Cooper, second runner-up Miss New York Camille Sims and first runner-up Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt.
During the past week, all 52 contestants took part in interview, evening gown, onstage question, talent and “lifestyle and fitness,” preliminary competitions, and at the beginning of Sunday’s live show, which was hosted by Chris Harrison and Sage Steele, the top 15 competitors were announced.
Blackledge, who was at the Miss America Pageant competition this week, said Lewis had been consistent all week during the preliminary competitions.
Vicksburg native Katherine Bailess, Debby Bryant Berge, Rob Bowman, Jennifer Caudle, Nicole Lapin, Deanna Siller and David Zinczenko, who served as judges for the preliminary rounds, chose the top fourteen contestants, and Miss Kentucky Laura Jones was named as the America’s Choice award finalist.
Celebrity judges, who served during Sunday night’s final round of competition included Grammy-winning artist Ciara, businessman and star of the ABC series “Shark Tank” Mark Cuban, Olympic gold medal winner Gabby Douglas, VH1 comedy series star Sara Foster, Disney Channel series star Laura Marano and country singer Cole Swindell.
All top 15 contestants, which also included  Miss California Jessa Carmack; Miss Louisiana Justine Ker; Miss Maryland Hannah Brewer; Miss Massachusetts Alissa Musto; Miss Oklahoma Sarah Klein; Miss Tennessee Grace Burgess; Miss Texas Caroline Carothers; Miss Iowa Kelly Koch and Miss Idaho Kylee Solberg competed in the swimsuit competition.
Afterwards the field was narrowed to 12 for the eveningwear competition.
The top 10 then competed in the talent portion of the competition, which accounted for 30 percent of the final score.
Lewis sang her rendition of Barbara’s Streisand’s, “A Piece of Sky.”
“Her talent was incredible,” Blackledge said.
From the top 10, seven competed in the on-stage question segment of the competition.
The top four were then announced and Shields crowned the winner by reining 2016 Miss America Betty Cantrell.
Following the Miss America Pageant competition, Lewis will return home to Mississippi and finish out her reign.
“Laura Lee will continue to be another outstanding Miss Mississippi. We are very fortunate to have her represent all of our great state,” Blackledge said.  ~ The Vicksburg Post

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Miss Mississippi 2016

~Laura Lee Lewis~  
Miss Mississippi 2016!

Miss Turtle Creek - Anne Elizabeth Buys of Vicksburg was named first runner up and was awarded a $7,500 scholarship. 
Miss Amory - Molly May of Houston was second and was awarded $5,000.
Miss Tombigbee - Holly Harrington of Tupelo was third and was awarded $2,500.
Miss Deep River - Mia Hall of Meridian was fourth and was awarded a $2,500 scholarship.

Miss Dixie

Hometown: Brookhaven
Age: 23
Talent: Vocal
Platform: Mentoring Matters

Biography:  Lewis attends Mississippi State University where she is studying education with an emphasis in mathematics and science. She is an Honors Scholar and is in the top 15 percent of her class. She was a Miss Mississippi Pageant Quality of Life finalist, a talent preliminary winner, 1st alternate and 2nd alternate, twice.  She was crowned Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen in 2009.

Miss Riverland & Miss Turtle Creek Winners

Congratulations to Anne Elizabeth Buys and Michaela Moore 
for winning preliminary swimsuit and talent.

Miss Riverland Michaela Moore won the talent preliminary competition and a $500 scholarship.

The 21-year-old from Biloxi sang, "They Just Keep Moving the Line" from the musical-drama television series "Smash."

Moore, who is competing for the fourth year, also won the talent preliminary competition last year singing the same song.  

Miss Turtle Creek Anne Elizabeth Buys won the swimsuit preliminary competition and a $400 scholarship.  After being named the winner, Buys said she was so excited.

"I was totally not expecting to hear my name, but two years ago I really dedicated myself to living a healthy lifestyle, and I can say every single day I've made healthy food choices, and I've worked out. This is something I've been working on for so long, and the fact that I accomplished this goal is over-whelming.  I am so blessed and thankful the Lord allowed me to do this," Buys said.

This is the first year Buys has competed in the Miss Mississippi Pageant, but she was crowned Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen in 2013.  

Friday, June 24, 2016

Miss Amory & Miss Historic Crossroads Winners

A veteran and a newcomer were the winners in the second round of preliminary competitions at the annual Miss Mississippi Pageant Thursday night.

Miss Amory Molly May and Miss Historic Crossroads Asya Branch joined Wednesday night's preliminary winners in a lineup of 44 women who head into the final preliminaries Friday.  A winner is to be crowned Saturday.  May, who is from Houston, won a $500 scholarship for her vocal performance of "House of the Rising Sun."  

May, who is a second year competitor, and named as one of the top ten in the 2015 Miss Mississippi Pageant, was crowned Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen in 2012.

Branch won a $400 scholarship for winning the swimsuit preliminary and gave her boxer/German shepherd mix dog credit for help her keep fit.  

"I get up at 7 a.m. and walk my dog.  It is wonderful exercise to get your day going," Branch said.

In addition to walking her dog, the 17-year-old from Bonneville said she does try to eat healthy, and she enjoys exercising.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Miss Vicksburg & Miss Dixie Wedneday Winners

Miss Vicksburg ~ Katie Busby

Miss Vicksburg ~ Katie Busby 
Pageant Photo

Wednesday Winners:  From Left, 
Miss Vicksburg Katie Busby 
and Miss Dixie Laura Lee Lewis

Miss Mississippi veterans walked away as winners Wednesday night during the first round of preliminary competitions at the 82nd annual Miss Mississippi Pageant.

Miss Dixie Laura Lee Lewis from Brookhaven won a $500 scholarship with her vocal arrangement of Barbara Streisand's "A Piece of Sky."

This is Lewis's fourth time to complete in the Miss Mississippi Pageant and her second time to perform the Streisand song.

Lewis was crown Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen in 2009.  She was named 2nd runner-up to Miss Mississippi in 2013, first runner-up in 2014 and second runner-up again 2015. 

Miss Vicksburg Katie Busby, who is a second year competitor, won the swimsuit preliminary competition and a $400 scholarship.  

The preliminary competitions will resume at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Vicksburg Convention Center. A composite score from the three preliminary competitions in talent, swimwear, evening wear, on-stage interviews will determine who will be in the top 10, which will be announced at the beginning of the final competition Saturday night, and the 2016 Miss Mississippi will be crowned.  This year's theme for the pageant is "Take Back the Night."

For more information, call 601-638-6746, visit or download the Miss Mississippi mobile app, which will let you purchase tickets, vote on contestants, watch the live stream and receive important notifications and updates.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Miss Mississippi Contestants Greeting The Crowds

Miss Red Carpet City Randi-Kathryn Harmon waves to people in the crown during the Miss Mississippi Pageant parade Monday night in downtown Vicksburg.

Classic, convertibles and crowns traveled Washington Street Monday as the contestants for Miss Mississippi introduced themselves to the city of Vicksburg.

People lined the sidewalks of downtown Vicksburg to watch as the potential Miss Mississippi 2016 passed by riding perched on the rear of a collection of convertibles - classic cars, Corvettes and other sports and passenger cars.

Many carried placards, flags and fans bearing photos and the names of their favorite contestant.  The spectators spent the parade in any shady spot they could find to protect themselves from the sun and the heat and most dressed in anticipation of warm weather.

Abigail Walters

Abigail Walters at autograph party!

The autograph-singing event is Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at George Carr, 2950 S. Frontage Road.  Contestants will be on hand to chat and to answer your questions and sign autographs.  

If you can't make it Wednesday you will have another opportunity on Thursday from 10:30 to noon at a variety of locations downtown along Washington Street.  

Competition begins on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. at the convention center.  It continues Thursday night and Friday night, culminating in the main even on Saturday. That final competition will end in the crowning of a new Miss Mississippi which will be televised.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Miss Mississippi Pageant Week

Crowns Everywhere:  

Main Street Director Kim Hopkins spray painted a crown in the intersection of Monroe Street and Crawford Street.  Main Street is working to paint 20 crowns in main intersections throughout downtown in preparation for the start of the Miss Mississippi Pageant festivities this week.  While events began yesterday, one of the biggest events of the week will be tomorrow evening with the annual Miss Mississippi Pageant parade that will consist of nearly 90 vehicles this year, one of the largest parades to date

2016 Miss Mississippi Pageant Girls

June 22, 2016 - June 25, 2016  8:00 PM

The pageant will begin each night at 8:00 pm at the Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Mulberry Street. Crowing is on Saturday night.  Tickets are $30.00 for Wednesday and Thursday nights, $40.00 for Friday night and $50.00 for Saturday crowning night.  Tickets for all nights are $125.00.  For more information and to purchase tickets to the pageant visit 
or call (601) 638-6746.

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