Miss Mississippi Anne Elizabeth Buys just beginning her journey

Published 7:05 pm Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Since the age of seven, Anne Elizabeth Buys has been part of the Miss Mississippi Pageant organization, so when she was crowned Miss Mississippi last year, a goal she had aspired to had finally come to fruition.

And to make wearing the crown and title that much sweeter for the Vicksburg native, it all happened on the 60th anniversary of the Miss Mississippi Pageant being held in her hometown.

“Winning the pageant on the anniversary year just marked the beginning of an incredible journey,” Buys said, which has included covering every part of the state while traveling more than 26,000 miles.

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And when people ask Buys what has been the highlight of the year, she said it has been the people she met.

“The people of Mississippi are truly incredible and I won’t forget them. They have all been inspiring and I am just so thankful God allowed this to be part of my journey,” she said.

Some of these people Buys met, she said, included the children at the Batson Children’s Hospital.

“Batson visits changed me because you meet kids who are facing life threatening situations, but they are happy and joyful and have a smile on their face,” she said, adding, “That teaches you so much, because we have so much to be thankful for with our health and should not complain about the little things.”

Another highlight of any Miss Mississippi’s reign is competing in the Miss America Pageant and this held true for Buys.

“This was the most amazing experience. If I could have painted a perfect picture of what I wanted my experience to be, it would have surpassed it,” she said.

“Every single part of being at Miss America for those two weeks was perfect. The friendships I made and the confidence I gained. I loved getting to experience Atlantic City. I loved the rehearsals, and I loved getting to perform my dance on the Miss America stage. And after working so hard to prepare for every aspect of competition, I truly felt I performed my best in every aspect.”

Buys’ journey as Miss Mississippi will end on Saturday night when she crowns her successor and in the fall, she will return to Mississippi State University, where she is pursuing a career in either the sports or political broadcasting fields.

With both parents being involved in the Miss Mississippi Pageant Organization — Buys’ father is a former executive director and her mother a fourth runner-up to Miss Mississippi — Buys said she too, plans to continue her involvement with the organization.

“I don’t look at this as the end with my involvement with the Miss Mississippi Pageant Organization or Miss America Organization,” Buys said. “I plan to be back as a volunteer or participating as an entertainer or emcee. I plan to continue because it is something that is a part of me. This organization allowed me to become a more well-rounded individual. And I definitely am going to give back to something that has given me so much.”

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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