Miss Mississippi to share backstage secrets here Sunday

Published 10:02 am Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The 2015 Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts was named first runner-up to Miss America, and to celebrate her achievement an event, Backstage with Miss Mississippi, is scheduled from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Bluffs of Vicksburg, 1509 Washington St.

“The downtown merchants wanted to do something to honor Hannah and her placement at Miss America,” marketing and special events manager of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Laura Beth Strickland said.

The last time Mississippi got this close to the crown was when Susan Akin won the Miss America crown in 1985, Strickland said.

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Hosted by the downtown businesses and the city of Vicksburg, the event will also feature a special recognition by Mayor George Flaggs Jr. and an opportunity for pictures following the program at a Miss Mississippi Meet and Greet.

During the event, Roberts will speak on the importance of education and pursuing a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.

She was named as the STEM scholarship recipient and a finalist in the Quality of Life category at the Miss America Pageant.

Roberts will also share some of the backstage secrets from the Miss America Pageant and speak about her platform Pages of Love, which has donated more than 25,000 books to Batson’s Children’s Hospital and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, in Memphis.

The event is free, but a children’s book donation is encouraged.

“It was obvious this down-to-earth, intelligent and extremely gifted lady was going to make Mississippi proud. Hannah’s first runner-up status was as impressive as winning the actual title, and clearly an event to be celebrated, ” said Art & Soul owner Regina Gailani in a press release issued by the VCVB.

For event sponsorship, call 518-935-7813.

All funds raised will go toward Miss Mississippi scholarships.

For more information visit downtownvicksburg.org or visitvicksburg.com/events.

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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