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Miss Mississippi Preliminary Competition: Hyer and Mitchell named winners

The final round of the Miss Mississippi preliminary competitions came to a close Friday night at the Vicksburg Convention Center with two veterans winning.

Miss Hattiesburg Macy Mitchell won the evening wear and social impact statement phase of the competition and Miss Riverbend Mary Margaret Hyer won talent.

“I was not expecting this,” Mitchell said.

“This is my fourth year to compete, and I have never once won a preliminary award, so this was exciting,” she said.

Mitchell said she had not planned on purchasing a new gown for the competition, but changed her mind after seeing the one she wore.

“I had gone to go find a new talent dress and I tried on everything in the store and when I tried this dress on, I fell in love with it,” Mitchell said.

However, seconds before she was about to go out on stage, the Petal native said, she had a small problem with the gown.

“My dress busted and they had to sew me into it,” she said.

This is Hyer’s third year to compete in the Miss Mississippi Competition and with the talent win Friday night, she also became the only double preliminary winner during this year’s competitions.

“This has been a dream of mine forever and of course something I had hoped for, but nothing I had ever dreamed would come true,” Hyer said, after hearing her name called.

“It is a real honor here at Miss Mississippi. I had never won a single prelim until this year and now I won all the ones available, so I am very excited,” she said.

During the talent phase of the competition, Hyer sang “And This is My Beloved” from the musical “Kismet.”

“The song is about love at first sight,” she said, and she chose to sing the song in honor of her grandparent’s relationship.

“They started dating with they were thirteen and never knew life without each other.”

In addition to Hyer winning the social impact statement phase of the competition Wednesday night, Miss Dixie Molly May and Miss Northeast Mississippi Lexie Harper tied for talent.

There was also a tie in Thursday night’s preliminary competitions with both Miss Deep South Mary Hulbert and Miss Pearl River Michaela Harper winning the evening wear and social impact statement phase of the competition. Miss Rhythm & Blues Dana Wesley won talent.

The final round of competition, where the top ten candidates will re-compete in all phases of the competition except for the judge’s interview will be held Saturday and one candidate will take home the crown.

The Miss Mississippi Competition will air live on WLBT and will be live streamed at www.missmisslive.com.

About Catherine Hadaway

Catherine Hadaway, as The Vicksburg Post’s publisher, oversees the business operations of the newspaper. She is a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis where she earned bachelor’s degrees in Business and Religion. She is a Director of Boone Newspapers, Inc., the family company that owns The Post. Catherine comes from a long line of newspaper publishers, starting with her grandfather, Buford Boone, who served as publisher of The Tuscaloosa News and earned journalism's highest honor when he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 for his editorial titled "What a Price for Peace." Catherine is a member of The Rotary Club of Vicksburg, Vicksburg Young Professionals, The Heritage Guild and The Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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