Preliminary winners selected

Published 10:16 am Friday, June 3, 2016

The 12th installment of the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant got under way Thursday night at the Vicksburg Auditorium, and two preliminary winners were named.

Miss Delta Blue’s Outstanding Teen Grace McAllister won the talent portion of the competition and Miss Meridian’s Outstanding Teen Liz Sprabery won in evening gown and on-stage question.

Grace, who performed a lyrical dance to “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” is the daughter of Christie McAllister of Nettleton.

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“I originally started out with a plane old lyrical dance, but when my teacher saw that I could do chest rolls she put them in the dance,” Grace said.

“Claudia Taylor is my dance teacher, and she is an amazing choreographer.”

Grace said she has taken dance for two years at the Art in Motion Studio.

She said she became interested in dance after her sister got a scholarship to the studio, and her mother called to see if she too, could take dance.

“I’ve been watching Dance Moms, and I really like the show, so I wanted to be in dance.”

Liz is the daughter of Pat Spraybery and Donna Spraybery of Meridian, and for the evening gown portion of the competition she wore a blue evening gown with a long train attached.

“It is a dress I found at a trunk show and the first time I tried it on I fell in love with it.

I walked out on a stage that was solid black, and I looked in the mirror and I said ‘I can walk down the runway in this and feel beautiful, and that is exactly how I felt tonight,” Liz said.

Liz’s on-stage question was, “If you could place three items in a time capsule to represents teens today what would they be?”

She responded with “a cell phone, a book and a piece of art.”

“A cell phone represents just about every teenager. A book represents a majority of teenagers especially myself because I really love to read, and a piece of art because teens are really in touch with the arts.”

As preliminary competition winners, both Grace and Liz each received a $150 scholarship.

Emcees for the evening were 2015 Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts and Morgan Burnett, who was 2008 Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen.

The Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen preliminary competitions will continue tonight at 901 Monroe St., and the final night of competition and crowning will be held Saturday.

All competitions begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25 for the remaining preliminary competition and $40 for the final night.

The Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is the sister pageant to the Miss Mississippi Pageant, which is scheduled to run June 22 through 25 at the Vicksburg Convention Center.


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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