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Anne Elizabeth Buys represents Mississippi and Vicksburg in the 2018 Miss America Pageant

Miss Mississippi Anne Elizabeth Buys had more than 50 supporters cheering her on Sunday night in Atlantic City during the 97th edition of the Miss America Pageant.

The Vicksburg native was one of 51 contestants who competed for the national title.

After three nights of preliminary events and Sunday night’s final phase of the competition, Miss North Dakota Cara Mund was crowned the winner.

Buys, who is the daughter of Mark and Judy Buys, won the state title on June 24 at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

Mayor George Flaggs was one of the many locals who traveled to New Jersey to cheer on the hometown contestant.

“It was an awesome evening and I am more proud of Anne Elizabeth than I have ever been,” Flaggs said.

“I think she represented us well in the competition, and I think she is going to represent the city of Vicksburg and the state of Mississippi for the remainder of her reign with honor.”

Flaggs had not yet had the opportunity to speak to Buys, but said he was looking forward to congratulating her on a job well done.

“I want to congratulate her on her performance. She is still a winner. She is our winner for Vicksburg and Mississippi. And she will always be a winner of mine because she is the epitome of what a young lady ought to be,” he said.

During the preliminary rounds of the competition, contestants competed in a private judges’ interview,  swimwear, talent, evening wear and on-stage question.

Rounding out this year’s top five were fourth-runner up Miss Texas Margana Wood; third runner-up Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey; second runner-up Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel and first runner-up Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis.

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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