Miss Mississippi is a scholarship pageant and a preliminary of Miss America. The contest began in 1934, has been held in Vicksburg since 1958, and provides more money than any other scholarship pageant in the Miss America Organization.
Hattiesburg is home to nine Miss Mississippis, which is more than any other city/town.
Asya Branch of Booneville was crowned Miss Mississippi 2018 on June 23, 2018 at Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi. She competed for the title of Miss America 2019 on September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey where she was the 2nd runner-up for the Quality of Life award.
Gallery of past titleholdersEdit
The year in parentheses indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.
- Miss Americas: Mary Ann Mobley (1959), Lynda Lee Mead (1960), Cheryl Prewitt (1980), Susan Akin (1986)
- 1st runners-up: Katherine Wright (1949), Patricia Puckett (1966), Joan Myers (1968), Hannah Roberts (2016)
- 2nd runners-up: Donna Pope (1981) (tie), Dianne Evans (1983), Kathy Manning (1985), Myra Barginear (1998)
- 3rd runners-up: Christine McClamroch (1971), Wanda Geddie (1984), Christy May (2001), Taryn Foshee (2007)
- 4th runners-up: Suzanne Dugger (1954), Toni Seawright (1988), Mary Allison Hurdle (1992), Laura Lee Lewis (2017)
- Top 10: Charlotte Ann Carroll (1963), Karen Hopson (1982), Kimberly McGuffee (1987), Carla Haag (1989), Rebecca Blouin (1995), Monica Louwerens (1996), Kari Litton (1997), Jennifer Adcock (2003), Jasmine Murray (2015)
- Top 15: Laurice McFarland (1925), Jessie Morgan (1952), Chelsea Rick (2014)
- Top 16: Kimberly Morgan (2008)
- Top 18: Dorothy Ely (1933)
- Top 20: Becky Pruett (2002)
- Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness: Patricia Puckett (1966), Cheri Brown (1979) (tie), Cheryl Prewitt (1980), Donna Pope (1981), Karen Hopson (1982), Wanda Geddie (1984), Kathy Manning (1985), Susan Akin (1986), Carla Haag (1989), Beth Howell (1991), Christy May (2001), Jennifer Adcock (2003), Christine Kozlowski (2009), Chelsea Rick (2014)
- Preliminary Talent: Mary Ann Mobley (1959), Charlotte Ann Carroll (1963), Dianne Evans (1983), Lenena Holder (1994), Becky Pruett (2002)
- Non-finalist Talent: Lennie Nobles (1946), Patricia McRaney (1961), Robbie Robertson (1967), Lenena Holder (1994), Heather Soriano (2000), Sarah Beth James (2011), Marie Wicks (2013)
- Miss Congeniality: Doris Coggins (1939), Dorothy Fox (1942)
- Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship: Myra Barginear (1998)
- Louanne Gamba Instrumental Award: Hannah Roberts (2016)
- Quality of Life Award 2nd runners-up: Becky Pruett (2002), Asya Branch (2019)
- Quality of Life Award Finalists: Jasmine Murray (2015), Hannah Roberts (2016), Laura Lee Lewis (2017), Anne Elizabeth Buys (2018)
- Rembrandt Mentor Award: Monica Louwerens (1996)
- STEM Scholarship Award Winners: Chelsea Rick (2014), Hannah Roberts (2016)
- Declared as winner
- Ended as a runner-up
- Ended as a finalist or semi-finalist
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age||Local Title||Miss America Talent||Placement at Miss America||Special scholarships at Miss America||Notes|
|2018||Asya Branch||Booneville||20||Miss Tupelo||Vocal, "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha||Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up|
|2017||Anne Elizabeth Buys||Vicksburg||21||Miss Vicksburg||Ballet en pointe "Viva" by Bond||Quality of Life Award Finalist||Previously Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen 2013|
Cousin married to Miss Mississippi 2009, Anna Tadlock
|2016||Laura Lee Lewis||Brookhaven||23||Miss Dixie||Vocal, "A Piece of Sky" by Barbra Streisand||4th runner-up||Quality of Life Award Finalist||Previously Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen 2009|
3rd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2014 pageant
Duke of Edinburgh's Award gold medalist
|2015||Hannah Roberts||Mount Olive||22||Miss University of Southern Mississippi||Classical Violin, "Zapateado, No. 2, Opus 23"||1st runner-up||Louanne Gamba Instrumentalist Scholarship
Quality of Life Award Finalist
STEM Scholarship Award
|Previously Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi 2011|
2nd runner-up at Distinguished Young Woman of America 2011
|2014||Jasmine Murray||Columbus||22||Miss Riverland||Vocal, "Something's Got a Hold on Me"||Top 10||Quality of Life Award Finalist||Previously Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen 2007|
Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008
American Idol Season 8 Finalist
3rd African American to be crowned Miss Mississippi
|2013||Chelsea Rick||Fulton||23||Miss Amory Railroad Festival||Vocal, "Can't Help Lovin' That Man"||Top 15||Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
STEM Scholarship Award
|2012||Marie Wicks||Ocean Springs||22||Miss Dixie||Piano, "Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|2011||Mary Margaret Roark||Cleveland||20||Miss North Central Mississippi||Piano, "Nostradamus" by Tonci Huljic|
|2010||Sarah Beth James||Madison||20||Miss Metro Jackson||Piano, "Piano Fantasy" by William Joseph||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|2009||Anna Tadlock||McCool||23||Miss New South||Vocal, "A New Life" from Jekyll & Hyde||Married cousin of Miss Mississippi 2017, Anne Elizabeth Buys|
|2008||Christine Kozlowski||D'Iberville||19||Miss Gulf Coast||Jazz Dance||Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award||First Latino to be crowned Miss Mississippi|
|2007||Kimberly Morgan||Oxford||24||Miss Heritage||Vocal, "God Bless the Child"||Top 16||Second African American to be crowned Miss Mississippi|
|2006||Taryn Foshee||Clinton||21||Miss Byram Tri County||Piano, "El Cumbanchero" by Rafael Hernández Marín||3rd runner-up|
|2005||Kristian Dambrino||Grenada||20||Miss Grenada County||Original Vocal & Piano Composition, "Pearlington's Prayer"|
|2004||Jalin Wood||Waynesboro||23||Miss Metro Jackson||Piano, "Cumana"||Later Miss Mississippi USA 2007|
|2003||Allison Kellogg||Madison||22||Miss Madison County||Ballet en Pointe, "The Magic Bird of Fire"||Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1999|
|2002||Jennifer Adcock||Hattiesburg||22||Miss West Central Mississippi||Piano, "Rhapsody in Blue"||Top 10||Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award||Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1998|
Later Miss Mississippi USA 2005
Top 10 at Miss USA 2005
|2001||Becky Pruett||Laurel||22||Miss Deep South||Vocal, "Whatever Lola Wants"||Top 20||Preliminary Talent Award
Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up
|2000||Christy May||Pontotoc||24||Miss Pontotoc||Piano. "Theme from The Apartment"||3rd runner-up||Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award|
|1999||Heather Soriano||Philadelphia||22||Miss East Central Mississippi||Vocal / Dance, "Trouble" from Smokey Joe's Cafe||Non-finalist Talent Award||Later Miss Mississippi USA 2002|
|1998||Melinda King||Waynesboro||22||Miss Hattiesburg||Vocal, "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)"|
|1997||Myra Barginear||Grenada||23||Miss West Central||Classical Vocal. "Una Voce Poco Fa"' from The Barber of Seville||2nd runner-up||Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship|
|1996||Kari Litton||Pontotoc||23||Miss New South||Vocal, "Cry"||Top 10|
|1995||Monica Louwerens||Greenville||21||Miss Magnolia||Vocal, "Vanilla Ice Cream" from She Loves Me||Top 10||Rembrandt Award for Mentorship|
|1994||Rebecca Blouin||Batesville||23||Miss Dixieland||Classical Vocal, "Quando me'n vò"||Top 10|
|1993||Lenena Holder||Booneville||24||Miss Magnolia||Classical Vocal, "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly||Non-finalist Talent Award
Preliminary Talent Award
|1992||Kandace Williams||Tupelo||23||Miss Tupelo||Vocal, "Ain't It Good" from Children of Eden|
|1991||Mary Allison Hurdle||Holly Springs||24||Miss DeSoto County||Classical Vocal, "Chi Il Bel Sogno di Doretta" from La Rondine||4th runner-up|
|1990||Beth Howell||Clinton||21||Miss Dixie||Magic Act||Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award||Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1987|
|1989||Cherry Busby||Tupelo||19||Miss Tupelo||Vocal, "My Funny Valentine"|
|1988||Carla Haag||Hattiesburg||23||Miss Dixie||Vocal Medley, "Here's to the Band" & "Alexander's Ragtime Band"||Top 10||Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award||Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1983|
|1987||Toni Seawright||Moss Point||23||Miss Mississippi University for Women||Popular Vocal, "I'm Going All the Way"||4th runner-up||First African American to be crowned Miss Mississippi|
|1986||Kimberly McGuffee||Mendenhall||23||Miss Lamar County||Popular Vocal, "Inseparable"||Top 10|
|1985||Nan Sumrall||Hattiesburg||Miss Hattiesburg||Assumed the title after Akin became Miss America 1986|
Known now as Nan Kelley, host on Great American Country TV
|Susan Akin||Meridian||21||Miss University||Vocal, "You're My World"||Winner||Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award|
|1984||Kathy Manning||Drew||22||Miss University of Mississippi||Country Vocal, "Crazy"||2nd runner-up||Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award||Later Miss Mississippi USA 1987|
Top 10 at Miss USA 1987 pageant
|1983||Wanda Geddie||Hattiesburg||24||Miss William Carey College||Vocal, "More Than You Know"||3rd runner-up||Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award|
|1982||Dianne Evans||Taylorsville||22||Miss William Carey College||Vocal, "Stormy Weather"||2nd runner-up||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1981||Karen Hopson||Vicksburg||21||Miss Vicksburg||Character Ballet en Pointe, "Overture from Annie"||Top 10||Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award|
|1980||Donna Pope||McNeil||24||Miss Picayune||Ballet. "Overture from Oklahoma!"||2nd runner-up (tie)||Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award||Toured with Miss America USO Troupe|
|1979||Sherye Simmons||Jackson||Assumed the title after Prewitt became Miss America 1980|
|Cheryl Prewitt||Ackerman||22||Miss Starkville||Vocal / Piano, "Don't Cry Out Loud"||Winner||Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award|
|1978||Cheri Brown||Meridian||21||Miss Oxford||Popular Vocal, "Evergreen"||Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award (tie)||Later Miss Mississippi USA 1980|
|1977||Mary Donnelly||Oxford||19||Miss University||Vocal, "The Good Songs"||Wife of former Miss America Chairman of the Board, Sam Haskell|
|1976||Bobbye Wood||Hattiesburg||19||Miss William Carey College||Vocal, "Starting Here, Starting Now"|
|1975||Mollie Magee||Mendenhall||19||Miss University of Southern Mississippi||Popular Vocal, "Lights on the Hill"||Contestant at Miss Teenage America 1972 pageant|
|1974||Diane Bounds||Gulfport||21||Miss Mississippi State University||Popular Vocal, "When You Smile"|
|1973||Kathleen Coole||Gulfport||19||Miss Mississippi State College for Women||Vocal Medley, "Everything's Alright" & "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar|
|1972||Glenda Meadows||Richton||23||Miss Richton||Vocal Medley, "Am I Blue?" & "I'd Rather Be Blue"|
|1971||Jennifer Blair||Tupelo||21||Miss Mississippi State University||Popular Vocal, "I Wish You Love"||Toured with Miss America USO Troupe|
|1970||Christine McClamroch||Columbus||21||Miss Columbus||Vocal Medley, "Cabaret," "Try to Remember," & "You'll Never Walk Alone"||3rd runner-up|
|1969||Jane Foshee||Hattiesburg||19||Miss Hattiesburg||Vocal / Soft Shoe Dance, "Makin' Whoopee"||Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 1967|
|1968||Mary Mills||McComb||19||Miss University of Southern Mississippi||Piano Comedy Presentation, "Habanera" & "La Poupée Valsante" by Fritz Kreisler|
|1967||Joan Myers||Forest||20||Miss Mississippi College||Speech & Display of Original Art, "Doctor Zhivago"||1st runner-up||Featured performer on the Miss America 1969 telecast|
|1966||Robbie Robertson||Hattiesburg||20||Miss University of Southern Mississippi||Dramatic Reading, "Adam Bede" by George Eliot||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1965||Patricia Puckett||Columbus||20||Miss Columbus||Vocal, "I Ain't Down Yet" from The Unsinkable Molly Brown||1st runner-up||Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award||Featured performer on the Miss America 1967 telecast|
|1964||Judy Simono||Vicksburg||20||Miss Vicksburg||Classical Ballet, "Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty"|
|1963||Jan Nave||McComb||Miss Mississippi State College for Women||Contemporary Dance|
|1962||Charlotte Ann Carroll||Walthall||19||Miss Eupora||Comedy Song & Dance Routine, "Olive Oyl"||Top 10||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1961||Annice Jernigan||New Albany||21||Miss University of Mississippi||Piano Medley|
|1960||Patricia McRaney||McComb||20||Miss McComb||Speech & Art Presentation||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1959||Betty Porter||Brookhaven||Assumed the title after Mead became Miss America 1960|
|Lynda Lee Mead||Natchez||20||Miss University||Original Dramatic Act, "Schizophrenia"||Winner|
|1958||Margie Wilson||Itta Bena||Assumed the title after Mobley became Miss America 1959|
|Mary Ann Mobley||Brandon||19||Vocal Medley & Dance, "Un Bel Di" & "There'll Be Some Changes Made"||Winner||Preliminary Talent Award||Contestant at Maid of Cotton 1958|
|1957||Mary Allen||Yazoo City||Dance & Art Presentation|
|1955||Carolyn Cochran||Lucedale||Dramatic Monologue|
|1953||Suzanne Dugger||Picayune||Vocal Medley & Dance, "Bill" & "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey"||4th runner-up|
|1952||Dora Livingston||Yazoo City|
|1951||Jessie Morgan||Newton||Ballet||Top 15|
|1949||Katherine Wright||Pascagoula||Dramatic Sketch, "Hagar"||1st runner-up|
|1946||Lennie Nobles||Greenwood||Dance||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1945||Harriet Carr||Marks||Stand-up Comedy|
|1942||Dorothy Fox||Columbus||Miss Congeniality|
|1939||Doris Coggins||Baldwyn||Miss Congeniality|
|1937||Virginia Riley||West Point|
|1933||Dorothy Ely||24||Top 18|
|1927||Phyllis Hunt||Miss Biloxi||Competed under local title at Miss America pageant|
|1925||Laurice McFarland||Top 15|
|1924||Vivian Ruth Shaddinger||Multiple Mississippi representatives|
Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
|Mabel Batson||Miss Jackson|
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- Miss Vicksburg Anne Elizabeth Buys crowned Miss Mississippi
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Buys then went on to win the crown of Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen in 2013,...
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