Vicksburg resident Brelynn Beck crowned Miss HCC

Published 2:28 pm Tuesday, November 22, 2022

No one was more surprised than Vicksburg resident Brelynn Beck when she was crowned Miss Hinds Community College 2023.

“When my name was called, my mouth dropped and I was like ‘Are you serious?’” Beck said.

During the competition, Beck said she didn’t feel well and figured it would reflect in her performance.

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“I kept telling myself I wasn’t going to win because I’m sick and all these girls are very talented,” she said.

But the judges felt otherwise and on Nov. 11, Beck became the new Miss HCC. And miraculously, after winning the title, Beck said, her symptoms seemed to dissipate.

“Once they put that crown on my head I felt better,” she laughed.

Beck, who has been taking dance for 17 years and serves as the captain of the Hinds High-Steppers, performed a jazz routine during the talent phase of the competition to Prince’s “It’s About That Walk.”

“It’s my favorite part of the competition,” she said of the talent phase.

To prepare for the interview phase of the competition, Beck worked with Kimber Smith out of Hattiesburg, and she said she will continue to use her as a coach along with the “prep” team from Hinds.

Competing for the title has become personal for Beck. Each candidate has a Social Impact Statement they promote, and for Beck, it’s DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), which is a type of brain tumor that affects children.

Beck said her cousin died from DIPG and it is through her platform that she is raising money — more than $600 to date — that goes toward helping families with medical expenses.

“There is no cure for DIPG,” Beck said, and the survival rate is slim.

In addition to promoting her platform, Beck said, the scholarship program is also why she wanted to compete.

Scholarships, she said, will aid in her studies to become a physical therapy assistant.

“This is my second year at Hinds, but I plan to spend a third year there since I plan on going into the physical therapy assistant program,” she said.

This was also Beck’s second year to vie for the title of Miss HCC and now that she has won, she said, she looks forward to competing in the Miss Mississippi Competition, which will take place in June 2023.

“After I was crowned Miss HCC, I realized this meant I was going to Miss Mississippi,” she said. “And there are more talented and amazing girls there, too, so I have to be the best person I can be and hopefully become Miss Mississippi.”

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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