Miss Mississippi

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss Mississippi USA

Former Miss Mississippis at the 2007 50th anniversary of the pageant
Kimberly Morgan, Miss Mississippi 2007
Toni Seawright, Miss Mississippi 1987
Patricia McRaney crowning Annice Jernigan, 1961
Lynda Lee Mead, Miss Mississippi 1959 and Miss America 1960
Mary Ann Mobley, Miss Mississippi 1958

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. [1]

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


YearNameHometownAgeLocal TitleMiss America TalentPlacement at Miss AmericaSpecial scholarships at Miss AmericaNotes
2014Jasmine MurrayColumbus22Miss RiverlandVocal "Something's Got a Hold on Me"Top 10Quality of Life FinalistPreviously Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen 2007; American Idol season 8 finalist
2013Chelsea RickFulton23Miss Amory Railroad FestivalVocal "Can't Help Lovin' That Man"Top 15 at Miss America 2014Preliminary Swimsuit Award
2012Marie WicksOcean Springs22Miss DixiePiano "Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement"Non-Finalist Talent Award
2011Mary Margaret Roark[1]Cleveland20Miss North Central MississippiPiano "Nostradamus" by Tonci Huljic
2010Sarah Beth JamesMadison20Miss Metro JacksonPiano "Piano Fantasy" by William JosephNon-Finalist Talent Award
2009Anna TadlockMcCool23Miss New SouthVocal "A New Life" from Jekyll & Hyde
2008Christine KozlowskiD'Iberville19Miss Gulf CoastJazz DancePreliminary Swimsuit AwardFirst Latina Miss Mississippi [2]
2007Kimberly MorganOxford24Miss HeritageVocal "God Bless the Child"Top 16 at Miss America 2008Second African-American to compete as Miss Mississippi
2006Taryn FosheeClinton21Miss Byram Tri CountyPiano "El Cumbanchero" by Rafael Hernández Marín3rd runner-up at Miss America 2007
2005Kristian DambrinoGrenada20Miss Grenada CountyOriginal Vocal & Piano composition "Pearlington's Prayer"
2004Jalin WoodWaynesboro23Miss Metro JacksonPiano "Cumana"Later Miss Mississippi USA 2007
2003Allison KelloggMadison22Miss Madison CountyBallet en Pointe "The Magic Bird of Fire"Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1999
2002Jennifer AdcockHattiesburg22Miss West Central MississippiPiano "Rhapsody in Blue"Top 10 Semi-finalistPreliminary Swimsuit AwardLater Miss Mississippi USA 2005 (Top 10 at Miss USA 2005), Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1998
2001Becky PruettLaurel22Miss Deep SouthVocal "Whatever Lola Wants"Top 20 Quarter-finalistPreliminary Talent Award & Quality of Life 2nd runner-up
2000Christy MayPontotoc24Miss PontotocPiano "Theme from The Apartment"3rd runner-upPreliminary Swimsuit Award
1999Heather SorianoPhiladelphia22Miss East Central MississippiVocal / Dance "Trouble" from Smokey Joe's CafeNon-finalist Talent AwardLater Miss Mississippi USA 2002
1998Melinda KingWaynesboro22Miss HattiesburgVocal "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)"
1997Myra BarginearGrenada23Miss West CentralClassical Vocal "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville2nd runner-uprecipient of Allman Medical Scholarship
1996Kari LittonPontotoc23Miss New SouthVocal "Cry"Top 10 Semi-finalist
1995Monica LouwerensGreenville21Miss MagnoliaVocal "Vanilla Ice Cream" from She Loves MeTop 10 Semi-finalistRembrandt Award for Mentorship
1994Rebecca BlouinBatesville23Miss DixielandClassical Vocal "Quando me'n vo'"Top 10 Semi-finalist
1993Lenena HolderBooneville24Miss MagnoliaClassical Vocal "Un Bel Di" from Madama ButterflyPreliminary Talent Award, Non-finalist Talent Award
1992Kandace WilliamsTupelo23Miss TupeloVocal "Ain't It Good" from Children of Eden
1991Mary Allison HurdleHolly Springs24Miss DeSoto CountyClassical Vocal "Chi Il Bel Sogno di Doretta" from La Rondine4th runner-up
1990Beth HowellClinton21Miss DixieMagic ActPreliminary Swimsuit AwardPreviously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1987
1989Cherry BusbyTupelo19Miss TupeloVocal "My Funny Valentine"
1988Carla HaagHattiesburg23Miss DixieVocal Medley "Here's to the Band" & "Alexander's Ragtime Band"Top 10 Semi-finalistPreliminary Swimsuit AwardPreviously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1983
1987Toni SeawrightMoss Point23Miss Mississippi University for WomenPopular Vocal "I'm Going All the Way"4th runner-upFirst African American Miss Mississippi
1986Kimberly McGuffeeMendenhall23Miss Lamar CountyPopular Vocal "Inseparable"Top 10 Semi-finalist
1985Nan SumrallHattiesburgMiss HattiesburgSuccessor to crown. Known now as Nan Kelley, host on Great American Country TV.
Susan AkinMeridian21Miss UniversityVocal "You're My World"Winner - Miss America 1986Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1984Kathy ManningDrew22Miss University of MississippiCountry Vocal "Crazy"2nd runner-upPreliminary Swimsuit AwardLater Miss Mississippi USA 1987 (Top 10 at Miss USA)
1983Wanda GeddieHattiesburg24Miss William Carey CollegeVocal "More Than You Know"3rd runner-upPreliminary Swimsuit Award
1982Dianne EvansTaylorsville22Miss William Carey CollegeVocal "Stormy Weather"2nd Runner UpPreliminary Talent Award
1981Karen HopsonVicksburg21Miss VicksburgCharacter Ballet en Pointe "Overture from Annie"Top 10 Semi-finalistPreliminary Swimsuit AwardHer mother is the vice president of the Miss Mississippi Corporation and her father is the chairman of the Miss Mississippi Board of Trustees,
1980Donna PopeMcNeil24Miss PicayuneBallet "Overture from Oklahoma!"2nd runner-up (tie)Preliminary Swimsuit AwardToured with Miss America USO Troupe
1979Sherye SimmonsJacksonSuccessor to crown
Cheryl PrewittAckerman22Miss StarkvilleVocal / Piano "Don't Cry Out Loud"WinnerPreliminary Swimsuit Award
1978Cheri BrownMeridian21Miss OxfordPopular Vocal "Evergreen"Preliminary Swimsuit Award (tie)Later Miss Mississippi USA 1980
1977Mary DonnellyOxford19Miss UniversityVocal "The Good Songs"wife of Miss America Chairman of the Board, Sam Haskell
1976Bobbye WoodHattiesburg19Miss William Carey CollegeVocal "Starting Here, Starting Now"
1975Mollie MageeMendenhall19Miss University of Southern MississippiPopular Vocal "Lights on the Hill"Competed in the 1972 Miss Teenage America Pageant
1974Diane BoundsGulfport21Miss Mississippi State UniversityPopular Vocal "When You Smile"
1973Kathleen CooleGulfport19Miss Mississippi State College for WomenVocal Medley "Everything's Alright" & "I Don't Know How to Love Him"
1972Glenda MeadowsRichton23Miss RichtonVocal Medley "Am I Blue?" & "I'd Rather Be Blue"
1971Jennifer BlairTupelo21Miss Mississippi State UniversityPopular Vocal "I Wish You Love"Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1970Christine McClamrochColumbus21Miss ColumbusVocal Medley "Cabaret," "Try to Remember" & "You'll Never Walk Alone"3rd runner-up
1969Jane FosheeHattiesburg19Miss HattiesburgVocal / Soft Shoe Dance "Makin' Whoopee"Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1967
1968Mary MillsMcComb19Miss University of Southern MississippiPiano Comedy Presentation "Habanera" & "La Poupée Valsante" by Fritz Kreisler
1967Joan MyersForest20Miss Mississippi CollegeSpeech & Display of Original Art "Doctor Zhivago"1st runner-upFeatured performer on the 1968 Miss America Pageant telecast
1966Robbie RobertsonHattiesburg20Miss University of Southern MississippiDramatic ReadingNon-Finalist Talent AwardPlaced in the Top 10 at the 1966 Maid of Cotton Pageant
1965Patricia PuckettColumbus20Miss ColumbusVocal "I Ain't Down Yet" from The Unsinkable Molly Brown1st runner-upPreliminary Swimsuit AwardFeatured Performer on the 1966 Miss America telecast
1964Judy SimonoVicksburg20Miss VicksburgClassical Ballet
1963Jan NaveMcCombMiss Mississippi State College for WomenContemporary Dance
1962Charlotte Ann CarrollWalthall19Miss EuporaComedy Song & Dance Routine "Olive Oyl"Top 10 Semi-finalistPreliminary Talent Award
1961Annice JerniganNew Albany21Miss University of MississippiPiano Medley
1960Patricia McRaneyMcComb20Miss McCombSpeech & Art PresentationNon-finalist Talent Award
1959Betty PorterBrookhavenSuccessor to crown
Lynda Lee MeadNatchez20Miss UniversityOriginal Dramatic Act "Schizophrenia"Winner
1958Margie WilsonItta BenaSuccessor to crown
Mary Ann MobleyBrandon19Vocal Medley & Dance "Un Bel Di" & "There'll Be Some Changes Made"WinnerPreliminary Talent AwardAlso competed in the 1958 Maid of Cotton Pageant
1957Mary AllenYazoo CityDance & Art Presentation
1956Martha TisdaleHattiesburgDrama
1955Carolyn CochranLucedaleDramatic Monologue
1954Celeste LuckettClarksdaleDramaAlso competed in the 1955 Maid of Cotton Pageant
1953Suzanne DuggerPicayuneVocal Medley & Dance "Bill" & "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey"4th runner-up
1952Dora LivingstonYazoo City
1951Jessie MorganNewtonBalletPlaced among the Top 15
1950Annie RobertsHattiesburg
1949Katherine WrightPascagoulaDramatic Sketch "Hagar"1st runner-up
1948Virginia HollingsworthKosciusko
1947Kitty BaileyOxfordPainting
1946Lennie NoblesGreenwoodDanceNon-finalist Talent Award
1945Harriet CarrMarksStand-up Comedy
1944Sarah ToppTupelo
1943Arminta ScottCorinth
1942Dorothy FoxColumbusMiss Congeniality
1941Madeline SmithWinona
1940Carolyn SimonGreenville
1939Doris CogginsBaldwynMiss Congeniality
1938Frances SykesAberdeen
1937Virginia RileyWest Point
1936Rachel SmithBooneville
1935LeFrance BoyettSumner
1934Madolyn HardyBelzoniThere was no Miss America Pageant in 1934
1933Dorothy Ely24Semi-Finalist
1927No Miss MississippiPhyllis Hunt competed as Miss Biloxi in the Miss America Pageant
1926No Miss MississippiMabel Riley competed as Miss Biloxi in the Miss America Pageant
1925No Miss MississippiLaurice McFarland competed as Miss Biloxi and placed as a Finalist in the Miss America Pageant
1924No Miss MississippiVivian Ruth Shaddinger competed as Miss Biloxi and Mabel Batson competed as Miss Jackson in the Miss America Pageant



  1. ^ "Mary Margaret Roark reigns in state pageant". Clarion Ledger. July 2, 2011. 

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