Reported by Nigel Boys
A 22-year-old Columbus, Mississippi, born competitor has just won the crown of Miss Mississippi 2014 when she competed again in the beauty pageant at the Vicksburg Convention Center as she has done for the last three years.
Two years ago, Jasmine Murray achieved first runner up in the pageant, but was determined to continue until she won the title, which she did this year as Miss Riverland.
Some might recognize Murray’s name for being a finalist on the eighth season of American Idol, where she achieved joint 12th place. She also competed in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen pageant in 2006, where she received the place of fourth runner-up. She competed in this competition the following year and won, earning her a place in the 2007 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant.
Along with her win this week, the Broadcast Communications major at Mississippi State University will receive a scholarship award of $10,000 and a chance to compete in the Miss America Pageant in September this year, to be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
After her crowning on Saturday, Murray said that she was so exited to have taken part in this event once again and thankful that she had finally won. She added, “It’s such an honor to represent my state, and it’s a privilege. I look forward to promoting my platform, ’13 Going on 30: Teaching Girls to Embrace Their Age’ on a bigger scale.”
Murray beat some stiff competition to obtain the title, including: Laura Lee Lewis, Miss Mississippi State University, who was placed first runner-up; Randi-Kathryn Harmon, Miss Historic South, second runner-up; Caroline Conerly, Miss Deep South, third runner up; and fourth runner-up Jessica Terrill who competed as Miss North Central Mississippi.
The previous year’s beauty pageant winner, Chelsea Rick, said that her only advice to her successor would be to treasure every moment during her reign and remember that everyone she will meet in Mississippi is a special person with something exceptional to offer. She added that one of the things she enjoyed most during her reign was to have the opportunity to travel all over Mississippi, because it is such a beautiful state.
Other winners at the pageant included CeCe Hillman, who won the Mississippi Choice Award and Randi-Kathryn Harmon, 2nd runner-up, took home the Quality of Life Scholarship award.
Although Mississippi, whose black-white relations are still tense, appears to be trying to be more inclusive of other races.