FRAZIER: Cheering on our local Miss Mississippi Delegates

Published 4:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2023

It’s Miss Mississippi time and everyone at The Post is gearing up for a week of activities that include a parade, autograph signings, and competitions.

This year there are five locals competing. I think this is a record for Vicksburg.

Of the five young women competing, three of them danced with my youngest daughter on the Debra Franco dance competition team.

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For anyone that has ever had a child on any type of team, you know that means there is a special connection — a bond that develops with the families with whom you travel and dine and of course in our case, the hours spent sitting through dance competitions.

So, these three girls (they will always be little girls to me since they were a few years younger than my daughter) feel like family.

And they are the best kind of family: smart, polite and loving. So much so that they have never let competition come between them.

As any mother knows, girls of any age can sometimes be a bit back-biting, especially when it comes to competing, but not these three.

Their friendship has always been more important than a trophy and in the case of the Miss Mississippi Competition — a crown.

In interviewing them for a story I did on the Miss Mississippi Competition, it was amazing how when I asked all three separately what it was like to compete against each other, they all said they would be rooting for one another.

I don’t know about you, but I am in awe of their selflessness.

I am also excited to see them once again on stage performing. It will feel like old times.

The Miss Mississippi Competition kicks off Monday with the downtown parade. It’s always a fun time, so come out and cheer on our five locals, which also include Charity Lockridge and Erika Wheeler.

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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