Nelson, Bassett named Miss Mississippi preliminary winners for night 1 of competition

Published 11:26 pm Wednesday, June 5, 2024

The first round of the Miss Mississippi Competition preliminaries got underway Wednesday night at the Vicksburg Convention Center, with Miss Mississippi State University Morgan Nelson winning in the evening gown phase and Miss Madison County Gracie Bassett taking top honors in talent.

Nelson, who is a Vicksburg resident, said she was excited when she heard her name called.

“I was just so elated,” she said. “I was just so excited.”

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In choosing her gown for the competition, Nelson said she wore a mermaid-style dress she found after a lot of searching.

“I looked at a multitude of dresses and this one kind of stood out to me. Once I stepped into it, I knew this was the one,” she said. “I felt the most confident, and I felt the most pretty in it. So, I decided that I wanted to take it onto the stage, and I’m so excited that I did.”

As the winner of the evening gown phase of the competition, Nelson is the recipient of a $400 scholarship provided by the Miss Mississippi Corporation.

Bassett said she was surprised when she heard her name called as the preliminary talent winner.

“I’m just so thankful,” she said.

For the competition, Bassett performed “Mephisto Waltz No. 1” by Franz Liszt on the piano.

Bassett said she has been playing piano since age six.

As the preliminary talent winner, Bassett is the recipient of a $500 scholarship provided by the Miss Mississippi Corporation.

Scoring for the preliminary nights are as follows: 30 percent for private interview; 20 percent for talent/HER Story; 20 percent for health and fitness; 20 percent for evening gown and 10 percent for on-stage question.

For the final night of the competition, the top ten contestants with the highest scores will re-compete for the crown. Scores for the final round are 30 percent for the composite score; 20 percent for talent/HER Story; 20 percent for Health and fitness; 20 percent evening gown; and 10 percent for the on-stage question.

The Miss Mississippi Competition preliminaries will continue at 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday at the Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Dr. Briggs Hopson Blvd. The final round of competition and crowning will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $40 for Thursday’s preliminary; $50 for Friday’s preliminaries and Saturday’s final round of competition. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 601-638-6746.

The competition will also be live streamed at The cost is $20 for each night of the preliminary rounds; $35 for the final night of competition; or $85 for all four rounds of competition.

The final round of competition will also air on WLBT-Jackson, WLOX-Biloxi, WMC Bounce – Memphis, WTVA-Tupelo, WTOK- Meridian and WDAM-Hattiesburg.


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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