The Miss Mississippi contestants are preparing for the first night of preliminary competition tonight. We talked with them about their goals, life defining moments and what it would mean to win the title of Miss Mississippi 2014.
"It's a plan for one girl to win, and would I love for it to be me?" said Jessica Terrill, Miss North Central Mississippi "Absolutely, but I'm just going to do my best and enjoy every moment."
"I've been preparing ever since last year and I'm ready and I'm excited about everything in store for this week so I can't wait," said Jasmine Murray, Miss Riverland.
"I was diagnosed with Graves Disease when I was 14 so school became really hard for me because it affected my cognitive abilities and my physical appearance and I couldn't even get the breath support that I needed to sing," said Caroline Connerly, Miss Deep South. "But the arts in my class, the arts being integrated into my classroom helped me to remember math formulas, helped me to remember historical events.
"On Wednesday, you have to think about what are you gonna do that night, what are you competing in that night," said Shelby Corn, Miss Delta Blues. "If you're competing in swimsuit, you're in swimsuit mode, we're in talent mode, we're in evening gown , on stage question mode. It's a day by day."
Miss Rankin County Southwest, Morgan Burnett said it is all about balance.
"I am the only contestant from the Medical Center, and it's tough," said Burnett. "I'm President of my Occupational Therapy class and I'm representing Rankin County, so it's a good balance."
Ivy Millicent Swan, Miss New South talked about her love for Mississippi.
"I really want to be a story teller for our state and it's something that I'm very passionate about because I'm so blessed to be apart of the wonderful state of Mississippi," said Swan.
"This organization is so near and dear to my heart, and I would just love nothing more than to represent an organization that's given me so much," said Kimberly Page, Miss University of Southern Mississippi.
"By studying abroad, by doing an internship, these things made me more well rounded, and I'm excited to be back to show what else I have to offer," said Anna Beth Higgenbotham, Miss University.
"I see it more as an opportunity to serve through a career that already aligns with my lifestyle," said Tamecia Myers, Miss Magnolia. " An overwhelming joy, and then the work starts immediately."
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