Vicksburg native set to compete for state crown

Published 9:38 am Monday, November 16, 2015

Vicksburg native Anne Elizabeth Buys was crowned Miss Turtle Creek during the 2015-16 Leaf Pageants, recently staged at Hattiesburg High School Auditorium.

Buys, the daughter of Mark and Judy Buys, was the 2013 Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen and will now compete for the sister title of Miss Mississippi.

“Ever since I was little it has been my dream to be in the Mississippi Pageant,” Buys said, and now the 19-year-old will have her chance to compete for the state title.

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Competing in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant has been a stepping-stone on the path to becoming a contestant in the Miss Mississippi Pageant, Buys said.

A sophomore at Hinds Community College, she took a year off because of the rigor of competing.

“The time off was much needed because it takes a lot of dedication to compete,” Buys said. “This is the best time for me to get back in.”

Along with Buys, the Leaf Pageants also crowned Miss Leaf River Valley Ivey Swan, Miss Pearl River Valley Brooke Bullock and Miss Leaf River Valley’s Outstanding Teen Isabella Rubenstein.

The Miss Mississippi Pageant will be held at the Vicksburg Convention Center June 22-25 and the Mississippi Pageant’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is scheduled for June 9-11 at the City Auditorium.

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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