Roberts back to busy Miss Mississippi duties

Published 12:01 pm Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hours after being named first runner-up to 2016 Miss America in Atlantic City, Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts was headed back to her home state. Duties of wearing her state crown leave little time for rest.

“Today I will sleep, but later I will be jumping right into appearances this week,” Roberts said.

For the past two weeks, Roberts, along with the 51 other contestants have been vying for the coveted Miss America crown, each competing in talent, swimsuit, evening gown, on-stage question and judges’ interview.

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During the final night of the Miss America Competition, which aired Sunday on ABC, Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell was crowned the winner of the national pageant.

Second runner-up was Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson; third, Miss Louisiana April Nelson; and fourth, Miss Alabama Meg McGuffin.

Monday morning, Roberts said her Miss America experience was still a “blur,” but clearly remembered her visit to New York, noting it was a highlight of events scheduled for the contestants.

“It was an awesome experience. I have never been to New York, and we got to be on the ‘Good Morning America’ ” show,” she said.

In addition to her memorable experiences, Roberts said she also learned something that she will be bringing back home.

“Something we can continue to do is ‘go with the flow.’ It is a wonderful skill for any title holder to have and a life skill,” she said.

During Wednesday night’s preliminary competition, Roberts was named as one of the five STEM recipients and was awarded a $5,000 scholarship. As first runner-up to Miss America Roberts adds an additional $25,000 making her total scholarships earnings at $30,000.

“This is a huge blessing. This will cover a year of tuition,” Roberts said.

Following her reign as 2015 Miss Mississippi, Roberts plans to obtain her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and become a pediatric reconstructive plastic surgeon.

“I want to express a lot of gratitude to the entire state. I can’t tell you how many messages I got, and it helped me to keep going throughout the two weeks,” Roberts said.

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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