OUTSTANDING TEENS: Mississippi teenagers, including St. Aloysius student, compete in Outstanding Teen competition

Published 2:48 pm Thursday, April 21, 2022

After months of preparation and practice, candidates will finally have their chance at a title when they compete in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Competition.

The event will be held this weekend at the Vicksburg City Auditorium, 901 Monroe St., and will include two rounds of preliminary competitions. The first will be held at 2 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. on April 23. The final round of competition and crowning will begin at 3 p.m. on April 24.

Each of the 19 candidates will compete in four phases of competition which include an interview, talent, evening wear and on-stage question and lifestyle & fitness in sportswear.

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The theme for this year’s production is “Other Side of the Rainbow” and musical numbers will include songs from “The Wizard of OZ,” “The Wiz” and the Broadway musical “Wicked,” MMOT producer Jennifer Tillotson said.

Tillotson, who is in her sixth year as producer, said songs from these shows will include “Ease on Down the Road,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “For Good” and “Brand New Day.”

“I have always loved these songs and have wanted to use them for years,” she said.

This year each of the 19 candidates will have two Petite Magnolia Belles, and these children, Tillotson said, will be dancing to the song, “Let the Rainbow Remind You.”

Vicksburg native Taylor Thomas will once again be serving as the choreographer for the production. Tillotson said Thomas has been choreographing the teen competition for eight years and directing for six.

“We are also excited that our entertainers will be Vicksburg native Booth Buys, Miss Mississippi 2021 Holly Brand and MMOT 2021 Tori Johnston,” Tillotson said, adding she “loved” every aspect of the show, from the singers and dancers to the candidates performing.

Tillotson, who works in tandem with MMOT co-producer Nancy Robertson, said, “It is such a joy to see your ideas for a musical show come together, but it does take many people to make it a success and I am so very thankful for everyone who works to make the vision a reality.”

Tickets for the competition are $25 each for the preliminary rounds and $40 for the final day of the competition. Tickets are available at the Miss Mississippi office, 820 South St., or at the door. For more information, call 601-638-6746. 

Vicksburg girl to compete in MMOT

This year, Vicksburg resident Karly Henderson will be competing for the MMOT title. Henderson, who was crowned Miss Leaf River Valley’s Outstanding Teen, is a junior at St. Aloysius High School. She is a Duke Top Scholar, received the highest-average history award and President Gold Service Award. Henderson is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and the Flashette Dance Team. Her Social Impact Initiative is Cheering for Volunteering.

“This encourages people to volunteer and support their communities,” Henderson said. “Cheering for Volunteering teaches people that serving your community is important. I have been taught the importance of service and volunteerism in school my entire life, and I want to teach others the same thing.”

Henderson said she began Cheering for Volunteering as a club in her high school.

“The club, CFV, started at St. Aloysius and then I branched out to other schools. I have a service project each month to help get students involved in their communities,” she said. “They love volunteering just as much as I do. Along with this, I have been working with the United Way of West Central Mississippi to provide opportunities for the CFV club and anyone else who wants to help volunteer.”

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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