Miss Vicksburg learns about Vicksburg

Published 9:00 pm Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Blair Wortsmith was crowned Miss Vicksburg in the local pageant held this past October.

And while the University of Mississippi junior does not hail from the River City, she does have a unique connection to Vicksburg.

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One of Wortsmith’s dearest friends and sorority little sister is Savannah Day, the granddaughter of the late Martha Day, who while serving as the Vicksburg Evening Post’s society editor for more than 20 years, also covered the Miss Mississippi Pageant during her tenure at the paper.

Wortsmith made a visit to Vicksburg recently and while here had the opportunity to have lunch with a few of the late Martha Day’s friends.

“I loved hearing about her (Savannah’s) grandmother and learning that she had worked so closely with the pageant for so long,” Wortsmith said.

“Being able to honor Mrs. Martha’s legacy as well as the other citizens of Vicksburg that selflessly served our organization as Miss Vicksburg is truly an honor.”

In addition to hearing about past Miss Mississippi events through friends of Savannah Day’s grandmother, Wortsmith said she also had the opportunity to visit Bowmar Elementary School where one of her Magnolia Princesses, Maddie Kay Snow, is a student.

“During my visit, I had the opportunity to draw the winning Christmas raffle ticket and share my platform about financial literacy with students in several classrooms,” she said.

Wortsmith, who is a resident of Little Rock, Ark. and is majoring in banking and finance and working towards a minor in journalism and marketing at Ole Miss, said during her visit, she also met with Mayor George Flaggs, visited the Chamber of Commerce and toured the Biedenharn Coca Cola Museum.

She along with Miss Vicksburg’s Outstanding Teen, Madison Smith, also had the opportunity to read to children at Lorelei Books.

The pair also visited several businesses in town, Wortsmith said, where they were able to thank those who are supporters of the Miss Mississippi pageant.

Wortsmith said this recent visit is only one of many she plans to make to Vicksburg.

“I have many more exciting plans for the months to come as Miss Vicksburg, and I look forward to being back soon,” she said, adding, “As a representative of the River City, it is my desire to learn as much as I can about the history, community and citizens of Vicksburg. I plan to expand my knowledge about this incredible city and continue to make new friends throughout my reign. I have already realized it is the people of Vicksburg that make being Miss Vicksburg so special.”

This will be Wortsmith’s second year to compete for the Miss Mississippi title and crown.

“I had an amazing experience as a first year participant in the Miss Mississippi pageant last summer, and I look forward to my continued involvement with this incredible program,” she said.

Wortsmith said competing in the Miss Mississippi Pageant program has provided countless opportunities for personal development.

“And I’m thankful for the opportunity to share my platform and advocate for financial literacy as a titleholder. I am also forever grateful for the scholarship funds that have assisted with my educational goals and for the friendships that I have gained through participation with the Miss America Organization.”

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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