Miss Mississippi to be honored with send-off

Published 11:09 am Friday, August 15, 2014

Miss Mississippi 2014 Jasmine Murray will be the honored guest at a Miss America send-off reception scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

The free event will be hosted by the Miss Mississippi Corporation and will include a performance by Murray, said Karen Jones, business manager for the titleholder.

In past years, a trunk show has been held in which Miss Mississippi would model the wardrobe she would be wearing during her week at the Miss America Pageant.

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This year the group decided to hold a send-off reception instead.

“A lot of the competition wear is furnished by Miss America and we can’t show it,” said Jones.

Murray will be able to model the shoes that she will be wearing in the Show Us Your Shoes parade and will expound on her platform, “13 Going on 30.”

Murray was crowned Miss Mississippi last month at the annual pageant held at the VCC. She is a Columbus native and has been attending Mississippi State University where she is pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism.

She was a top 13 finalist in season eight of “American Idol” and was crowned Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen in 2007.

Sunday’s event will also include guest speakers and autograph opportunities, Jones said.

Miss America festivities will kick off Sept. 1 in Atlantic City and the final night of the 60th annual competition will air live on ABC.

Miss Mississippi fans can follow the action during pageant week, which begins Sept. 9, on Twitter by following @MissAmerica or @MissAmericaOrg, on Facebook by searching for the Miss America Organization and on YouTube by searching for the Miss America Organization. Fans can also follow updates on the Miss Mississippi Pageant’s Facebook page and on Twitter by following @MissMSPageant.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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