Buys named Miss Mississippi
Published 10:10 pm Saturday, June 24, 2017
The wait is over. Miss Vicksburg Anne Elizabeth Buys was crowned the 2017 Miss Mississippi Saturday night at the Vicksburg Convention Center.
“I am so excited,” Buys said. “God is so good. I owe all the glory to him. Without him, I would not be here. I am so excited to represent Mississippi and to be the 60th Miss Mississippi crowned in Vicksburg, my hometown, the place I call home.”
Buys is a true product of the Miss Mississippi Pageant organization, first serving as a Miss Mississippi Magnolia princess. She then went on to win the crown of Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen in 2013, and last year, she was named first-runner up to Miss Mississippi.
Buys said she could not wait to go to Atlantic City and make the state proud.
“I will be willing to do anything it takes to win the crown. I want to do everything bigger and better,” she said.
The newly crowned Miss Mississippi said she felt like she performed well in all phases of the competition.
Following Wednesday night’s preliminary competition Buys was named the winner of the swimwear competition and on Thursday, she tied in the preliminary phase of the competition, where she performed en pointe to “Viva” by Bond.
Along with the Miss Mississippi title and crown, Buys receives a $10,000 scholarship.
Saturday night’s top 10 contestants competed in the final round of competition on a point system based on interviews with the judges, talent, swimwear, evening wear and on-stage question.
Miss Dixie Holly Harrington of Tupelo was named first runner up and was awarded a $7,500 scholarship; Miss Meridian Tanner Fant of Meridian was second runner up and was awarded two $2,500 scholarships totaling $5,000; Miss Jones County Brooke Bullock of Petal was third runner up and was awarded a $2,500 scholarship and Miss All-America City Asya Branch of Booneville was fourth runner up and was awarded a $2,500 scholarship.
Rounding out the top ten were Miss Desoto County Charley Ann Nix, Miss Hattiesburg Mia Hall, Miss Neshoba County Fair Miriam Grace Seale, Miss Mississippi State University Molly May and Miss New South Callie Danielle Brown.