Miss Dixie, Miss Midsouth take final preliminary rounds

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 8, 2002

Miss Midsouth Allison Kellogg, left, won the swimsuit competition on the third and final night of preliminaries Friday. Miss Dixie Robyn Davis, right, won the talent portion.(The Vicksburg Post/C. Todd Sherman)

[07/06/02]Two contestants took home all four awards on the last night of preliminary competition in the 2002 Miss Mississippi pageant.

Miss Dixie Robyn Davis, 23, of Columbus, won her second preliminary title Friday night with her vocal performance of “Love is Where You Find It” from the film “The Kissing Bandit.”

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“I’m so excited,” Davis said. “This is so unexpected.”

Miss Midsouth Allison Kellogg, 21, of Madison, received a $200 scholarship in the swimwear preliminary competition. She wore a two-piece, red swimsuit.

Davis said she feels very confident and prepared going into tonight’s competition when the Top 10 semifinalists will be announced. Davis received a $400 cash scholarship for her talent win to add to her $200 scholarship from her swimwear win in Thursday night’s preliminary.

Davis, a communications and public relations major and recent graduate of Mississippi University for Women, was also awarded a $1,500 cash scholarship for the community service award given by the Vicksburg Jaycees and the Miss America organization. Davis will begin graduate studies at the University of Alabama this fall in public relations and advertising.

This is Kellogg’s second year to compete in the pageant and was chosen as fourth alternate in the 2001 competition. Friday’s swimsuit preliminary win is Kellogg’s first.

“Tonight is a big night,” said Kellogg, “All the hard work has paid off.” The University of Alabama student studies dance and public relations.

Kellogg also received a $1,500 cash scholarship from Vicksburg Factory Outlets.

Davis said that competing in the Miss Mississippi pageant “teaches you discipline first and foremost, which is needed in every aspect of life.”

During last night’s competition, reigning Miss Mississippi Becky Pruett gave her farewell speech.

Previous night’s talent preliminary winners include Wedneday night’s double talent win between Miss Houston North Central Misty Rea and Miss University Jessica Hill. Miss Blues Country Brandi Jolly took home a talent win Thursday night.

Previous night’s preliminary swimsuit wins include Miss West Central Jennifer Adcock’s repeat win Wednesday night and Thursday night’s tie between Miss Dixie Robyn Davis and Miss Jones County Laranda Moffett.

Reigning Miss Mississippi Becky Pruett will crown her successor from among five semi-finalists during tonight’s final competition, which will be aired on Jackson’s WLBT television station beginning at 8.