Brookhaven girl crowned Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 14, 2009

Miss Heartland Laura Lee Lewis was crowned Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen in competition at Vicksburg City Auditorium Saturday night.

“I can’t believe I’m wearing this crown,” the 16-year-old daughter of Mark and Lorin Lewis of Brookhaven said.

She sang “Somewhere,” the same selection she performed Friday in the second night of preliminary competition, the same night she took both preliminary contests.

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Laura Lee was among 34 teens ages 13 to 17 who competed Thursday and Friday in the state pageant.

At the end of the night, Miss Vicksburg Grace Claire Cordes, 17, the daughter of Dale and Lyne Cordes of Vicksburg, was named third runner-up. Grace Claire took the talent win in preliminary competition Thursday night.

In Saturday’s showdown, Miss Southern Magnolia Allie Odom was first runner-up; Miss Hattiesburg Kimberly Page was second; and Miss Southland MacKenzie Ortlepp was fourth.

Laura Lee, who gets a $5,000 savings bond and a wardrobe allowance, will compete for the national title Aug. 11-15.


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