Thursday night’s preliminary winners announced

Published 10:34 pm Thursday, June 22, 2017

For the second night in a row, three contestants were named as preliminary winners during the annual Miss Mississippi Pageant.

Miss Vicksburg Anne Elizabeth Buys and Miss Red Carpet City Kaci Bryant were both named preliminary winners in the talent phase of Thursday night’s competition, and Miss Parade of Beauties Blair Wortsmith, won swimsuit.

Buys, who is a second year Miss Mississippi veteran, danced en pointe to “Viva” by Bond.

“Viva means life, and I feel that this song just embodies everything I stand for. My platform is Water For Life, I love life, I embrace every moment, and this is just literally an opportunity for me to express my love for life, and I get to do it through my love and passion of dance, ” Buys said.

During Wednesday night’s preliminary competition, Buys was named swimsuit winner, making her a double preliminary winner.

“Being a double preliminary winner is definitely a confidence booster, she said, and it is a great way to feel like my hard work has paid off.”

Bryant is also a second year Miss Mississippi Veteran and for the competition she performed her rendition of “Nostradamus” on the piano.

“I chose this song because it is so much fun and upbeat, and I really wanted to get the crowd involved,” Bryant said.

Because she had competed last year, Bryant said this year her nerves were calmer.

“I was determined this year that I was going to come out here, and I was just going to leave it on the stage and get the audience involved.”

Both Buys and Bryant were each recipients of a$500 scholarship.

As a newcomer to the Miss Mississippi Pageant, Wortsmith said she was excited to be named Thursday night’s swimsuit preliminary winner.

“This is completely surreal. I am so excited,” she said.

To prepare for the swimsuit phase of the competition, Wortsmith said she ate a healthy diet and exercised.

“I took classes at Orange Theory Fitness. The classes were group workout classes that actually monitor your heart on a screen,” she said, “so you can compete against other class members. For someone that is motivated in a competitive environment this was great for me.”

Wortsmith, who was the recipient of a $400 scholarship, added that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important, whether you are in a pageant or not.

Wednesday night’s preliminary winners in the talent phase of the competition were Miss Meridian Tanner Fant and Miss Dixie Holly Harrington.

The final preliminary competition will be held at 8 p.m. tonight at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

A composite score from the three preliminary competitions in talent, swimwear, evening wear, on-stage questions and off stage interviews will determine who will be in the top 10, which will be announced at the beginning of the final competition Saturday night, and the 2017 Miss Mississippi will be crowned.

All tickets are sold out to the pageant, but Saturday night’s final competition and crowing will be televised on WLBT, and it will be live streamed on the Miss Mississippi website.

The Vicksburg Post will also be posting photos from the pageant on each of its social media outlets.


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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