Last night of preliminary competition ends

Published 12:26 am Saturday, June 25, 2016

The final night of the Miss Mississippi Pageant preliminaries came to a close Friday with a veteran and a new comer winning the talent and swimsuit phases of the competition at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

Miss Riverland Michaela Moore won the talent preliminary competition and a $500 scholarship.

The 21-year-old from Biloxi sang, “They Just Keep Moving the Line” from the musical-drama television series “Smash.”

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Moore, who is competing for the fourth year, also won the talent preliminary competition last year singing the same song.

“The message behind this song is just all about determination and to keep moving forward and to strive to always be better than who you are already and that’s something that aligns with my personal beliefs. And that is what I have done with this pageant system as a whole.”

Moore is a vocal performance major at the University of Mississippi and said she loves to sing.

Miss Turtle Creek Anne Elizabeth Buys won the swimsuit preliminary competition and a $400 scholarship. After being named the winner, Buys said she was so excited.

“I was totally not expecting to hear my name, but two years ago I really dedicated myself to living a healthy lifestyle, and I can say every single day I’ve made healthy food choices, and I’ve worked out. This is something I’ve been working on for so long, and the fact that I accomplished this goal is overwhelming. I am so blessed and thankful the Lord allowed me to do this,” Buys said.

This is the first year Buys has competed in the Miss Mississippi Pageant, but she was crowned Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen in 2013.

Miss Mississippi 2016 will be crowned in a live televised broadcast tonight beginning at 8 p.m. on WLBT-TV3.

Preliminary scores in talent, swimwear and questions, including on-stage and off-stage interviews are combined to make a composite score, which determines the top 10. Those women will compete in every category except private interview.

Tickets are sold out for tonight’s competition. For more information, call 601-638-6746, visit

or download the Miss Mississippi mobile app, which will let watch the live stream and receive important push notifications and updates.


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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