FRAZIER: What to look forward to for Miss Mississippi 2022

Published 4:00 am Saturday, June 18, 2022

I am already tired, and Pageant Week has not even begun — pardon that I refer to the Miss Mississippi Competition as a pageant.

Those who decided on the new and improved Miss America 2.0 have made my life a challenge. After writing “pageant” stories for more than 10 years, it has been arduous for an old dog to learn new tricks.

And no doubt, next week I will probably unintentionally make a mistake, so please, for any of those with Miss Mississippi authority, just know I am trying.

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So, back to being tired.

Covering the competition is exhausting, because it is pretty much a non-stop week of activities.

I personally don’t know how those that volunteer to help out do it.

My hat is off to all of them, from Miss Mississippi Corporation executive director David Blackledge who has led the charge and been involved for more than 30 years, to the stage crew who help pick up and pack up after the crowning.

The Miss Mississippi Competition is one of Vicksburg’s crowning jewels with a history that dates back to 1958 when Mary Ann Mobley was crowned the first Miss Mississippi in the River City. Mobley went on to become Miss America and was followed by Miss Mississippi Linda Lee Mead, who won the national title the following year. Since then, two more Miss Mississippis crowned in Vicksburg went on to become Miss America — Cheryl Prewitt in 1980 and Susan Akin in 1986.

Things have certainly changed since then — and not just the Miss America 2.0 verbiage.

The competition is a professional production and is televised throughout the state and in more recent years, it has been livestreamed.

Also, candidates have “social impact statements” and the scholarship dollars awarded are massive.

The way The Vicksburg Post covers the competition has also changed a bit. While we still report on preliminary winners and do an interview with the newly crowned Miss Mississippi, we have been dabbling in social media coverage.

Last year, for the first time, we did Facebook live interviews with the preliminary winners and the new Miss Mississippi.

Plans are to do it again, and this year I am very excited our Vicksburg Post intern will be helping us out in this endeavor.

Tat Ross, who is a tiny little thing, is a student at Jackson State University and she will be videoing the night of the competitions as well as capturing some behind-the-scenes footage.

I think this will bring not only a youthful element to our coverage, but for those who are not as familiar with the Miss Mississippi Competition, I think it could be interesting.

So be on the look out for our Facebook live posts, and you can also view them on our website, vicksburgpost.com.

Oh, and after I do the interview with the new Miss Mississippi next Sunday after she has been crowned and write my story, I think I may take a couple of days off and just sleep.

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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