2020 Miss Mississippi, Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen preparations begin

Published 3:20 pm Monday, February 10, 2020

This past weekend was busy for all those involved with the Miss Mississippi Competition and the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant.

Orientations were held for all who are vying for their respective titles. There were also dance rehearsals and a Petite Magnolia Princesses crowning.

In addition to a full weekend for the women who will be competing, board members from the Miss Mississippi Corporation, as well as volunteers with the organization, were also on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly.

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Nancy Robertson, who is serving as the executive producer for this year’s Miss Mississippi Competition, was up early Saturday morning for dance rehearsals that were held at the St. Aloysius gym.

Robertson is a newcomer to the Miss Mississippi organization, however, she is not a rookie when it comes to putting on a show.

Robertson has more than 40 years of experience as a choral educator that has included directing countless numbers of musical productions and choral concerts.

And while she admits she has never done anything like producing the Miss Mississippi Competition, she said there are similarities, which include production themes, music rehearsals, staging, choreography and a show that is offered to a large, supportive audience.

“The two major differences here,” she said, “Are that there will be a competition for a crown and scholarships, and on Saturday evening (the last day of the Miss Mississippi Competition) we will be televised live.”

The theme for the 2020 Miss Mississippi Competition is entitled “Bold, Brave and Beautiful.”

“We will be celebrating our candidates as they are bold in demonstrating their talent, brave in sharing their social impact statement and beautiful — both inside and out,” Robertson said.

Forty-one contestants will be vying for the Miss Mississippi crown, and although the Miss America Organization has made some changes to the competition, Robertson said, the production of the state competition has not been altered significantly.

“For the most part, the show will look the same,” Robertson said, adding, “We feel that we have planned a very exciting and entertaining production.”

Jennifer Tillotson is serving as Robertson’s co-producer.

Like Robertson, Tillotson is a music educator and has also been involved in musical and choral productions.

This will also mark her fourth year as the executive producer of the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant.

Tillotson said the theme for this year’s teen pageant is “From Broadway Lights to River City Nights” and will include musical selections from different Broadway musicals.

Serving as Tillotson’s co-producer is Robertson.

Both women have worked together as a team on countless projects and productions for many years.

“I am so excited about having my dear friend, Nancy Robertson, as co-producer this year,” Tillotson said, with Robertson mimicking Tillotson’s enthusiasm.

“I am very excited about Jennifer co-producing the Miss Mississippi Competition,” she said.

Both Robertson and Tillotson praised the number of volunteers who work with the organization.

“People really don’t realize how many volunteers it takes to make this event a success each and every year,” Robertson said.

“Not only that, many of our local businesses support the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant and the Miss Mississippi Competition in a variety of ways.  We would not be successful without our many Vicksburg volunteers and businesses,” Robertson said.

And for those who may want to get involved with the Miss Mississippi Organization, Tillotson said, “All it takes is a willingness to help wherever is needed.”

The Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held at the Vicksburg Auditorium and the Miss Mississippi Competition will run June 24 through 27 at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

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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