Winners of the second round of the preliminary competition
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Tonight, Miss Mississippi contestants compete in the final round of the preliminary competition. Miss Mississippi State University and Miss Riverbend took top honors Thursday night.
Even with a microphone problem, Miss Riverbend Kayla Braswell continued to sing for the audience and the Miss Mississippi judges.
Braswell said: “I’m really glad it happened tonight. People probably call me crazy for it, but the reason I’m so happy is because I always had such anxiety before playing. I always thought about outside factors that I couldn’t control. So having that moment really showed me that my performance is about what I can control and what I can do with confidence.
She was allowed to return to the stage to express her talent, and it paid off.
“The show must go on,” Braswell said. “I’ve lived this forever, and it really showed tonight.”
In Red Carpet Evening Wear, the judges look for confidence and poise. Miss Mississippi State University Emmie Perkins gets the highest score. This is her second year competing at Miss Mississippi and her first preliminary win.
Perkins said, “I wanted to be an example for other young girls that you know you can come in all shapes and sizes and still portray yourself in a confident way.”
The 31 candidates will be back on stage on Friday evening. Group C will compete in Talent. This group had onstage questions and social impact statements on Thursday. Miss Riverbend participates in red carpet evening wear, and Miss Mississippi State will have an interview about the state and her social impact statement at the Vicksburg Convention Center.
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