Miss Mississippi

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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.



Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes Photo
2016 Laura Lee Lewis[1] Brookhaven 23 Miss Dixie Vocal "A Piece of Sky" by Barbra Streisand 4th runner-up Quality of Life Finalist, Duke of Edinburgh Gold Medalist Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen 2009
2015 Hannah Roberts[2] Mount Olive 22 Miss University of Southern Mississippi Classical Violin "Zapateado, No. 2, Opus 23" 1st runner-up Quality of Life Finalist, STEM Scholarship Award Winner, Louanne Gamba Instrumentalist scholarship Previously Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi 2011 and 2nd runner-up to Distinguished Young Woman of America 2011[3]
2014 Jasmine Murray Columbus 22 Miss Riverland Vocal "Something's Got a Hold on Me" Top 10 Quality of Life Finalist 3rd African American titleholder, Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen 2007 and top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008, American Idol season 8 finalist
2013 Chelsea Rick Fulton 23 Miss Amory Railroad Festival Vocal "Can't Help Lovin' That Man" Top 15 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Miss Mississippi 2013 Visits the MRC (cropped).jpg
2012 Marie Wicks Ocean Springs 22 Miss Dixie Piano "Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement" Non-finalist Talent Award
2011 Mary Margaret Roark[4] 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
2008 Christine Kozlowski D'Iberville 19 Miss Gulf Coast Jazz Dance Preliminary Swimsuit Award First Latino Miss Mississippi[1]
2007 Kimberly Morgan Oxford 24 Miss Heritage Vocal "God Bless the Child" Top 16 Second African American to compete as Miss Mississippi Kimberly Morgan cropped.jpg
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" Miss Mississippi USA 2007
2003 Allison Kellogg Madison 22 Miss Madison County Ballet en Pointe "The Magic Bird of Fire" Mississippi's Junior Miss 1999
2002 Jennifer Adcock Hattiesburg 22 Miss West Central Mississippi Piano "Rhapsody in Blue" Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Mississippi's Junior Miss 1998, Miss Mississippi USA 2005 and 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 2nd runner-up
2000 Christy May Pontotoc 24 Miss Pontotoc Piano "Theme from The Apartment" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1999 Heather Soriano Philadelphia 22 Miss East Central Mississippi Vocal / Dance "Trouble" from Smokey Joe's Cafe Non-finalist Talent Award 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 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 Preliminary Talent Award, Non-finalist 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 Swimsuit Award Mississippi's Junior Miss 1987
1989 Cherry Busby Tupel 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 Swimsuit Award 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 Miss Mississippi 1987 Miss Mississippi Toni Seawright (4th Runner-up Miss America).jpg
1986 Kimberly McGuffee Mendenhall 23 Miss Lamar County Popular Vocal "Inseparable" Top 10
1985 Nan Sumrall Hattiesburg Miss Hattiesburg Successor to crown. Known now as Nan Kelley, host on Great American Country TV.
Susan Akin Meridian 21 Miss University Vocal "You're My World" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1984 Kathy Manning Drew 22 Miss University of Mississippi Country Vocal "Crazy" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Miss Mississippi USA 1987 and Top 10 at Miss USA 1987
1983 Wanda Geddie Hattiesburg 24 Miss William Carey College Vocal "More Than You Know" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit 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 Swimsuit Award Her mother is the vice president of the Miss Mississippi Corporation and her father is the chairman of the Miss Mississippi Board of Trustees.
1980 Donna Pope McNeil 24 Miss Picayune Ballet "Overture from Oklahoma!" 2nd runner-up (tie) Preliminary Swimsuit Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1979 Sherye Simmons Jackson Successor to crown
Cheryl Prewitt Ackerman 22 Miss Starkville Vocal / Piano "Don't Cry Out Loud" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1978 Cheri Brown Meridian 21 Miss Oxford Popular Vocal "Evergreen" Preliminary Swimsuit Award (tie) 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
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" 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 1968 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 Robbie Robertson, Miss Mississippi (1966).png
1965 Patricia Puckett Columbus 20 Miss Columbus Vocal "I Ain't Down Yet" from The Unsinkable Molly Brown 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Featured Performer on the Miss America 1966 telecast Patsy Puckett, Miss Mississippi (1965).png
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 Jan Nave, Miss Mississippi (1963).png
1962 Charlotte Ann Carroll Walthall 19 Miss Eupora Comedy Song & Dance Routine "Olive Oyl" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award Charlotte Ann Carroll, Miss Mississippi (1962).png
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 Successor to crown
Lynda Lee Mead Natchez 20 Miss University Original Dramatic Act "Schizophrenia" Winner Lynda Lee Mead NYWTS.jpg
1958 Margie Wilson Itta Bena Successor to crown
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 Mary Ann Mobley, Brandon. (Miss Miss. '58,) (Miss America, '58-'59,) (Photo at WLBT)..png
1957 Mary Allen Yazoo City Dance & Art Presentation
1956 Martha Tisdale Hattiesburg Drama
1955 Carolyn Cochran Lucedale Dramatic Monologue Carolyn Cochran, Miss Mississippi (1955).png
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 Winona
1940 Carolyn Simon Greenvill Successor to crown
Martha Tickel Vicksburg, Mississippi
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 Miss America 1934 pageant
1933 Dorothy Ely 24 Top 18
1927 No Miss Mississippi Phyllis Hunt competed as Miss Biloxi.
1926 No Miss Mississippi Mabel Riley competed as Miss Biloxi.
1925 No Miss Mississippi Laurice McFarland competed as Miss Biloxi and placed as a Finalist.
1924 No Miss Mississippi Vivian Ruth Shaddinger competed as Miss Biloxi and Mabel Batson competed as Miss Jackson.


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