From Press Reports
Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Contestants sponsored by the Hattiesburg-based Leaf Foundation fared well at the ninth annual Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant held June 1 in Vicksburg.
Miss Riverland’s Outstanding Teen Anne Elizabeth Buys of Vicksburg, a scholarship winner of the Hattiesburg-based Leaf Foundation, won the crown and will represent Mississippi at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando this August. She is the granddaughter of Mattelyn and the late Dr. James E. Booth of Eupora
“This is the dream of a lifetime,” the excited Porters Chapel Academy student said afterwards. “My senior year just got off to a great start. I look forward to representing the great cast of contestants that we had in Vicksburg this week.” Buys was judged best in a field of 26 contestants, taking the overall evening gown award en route to the crown.
Southern Magnolia’s Macy Mitchell of Petal was named first alternate. “I am very grateful to bring honors back to the Pine Belt,” the third-year competitor said. A vocalist, Mitchell is a rising junior at Petal High School, and granddaughter of Janie Woods and Russell Berryhill, both of Eupora.
Leaf River Valley’s Outstanding Teen Brooke Bullock, also of Petal was selected as the overall talent winner before being named second alternate to the state crown.
“We are extremely pleased that our local contestants were successful and that their hard work paid off,” said Michael Marks, chair of the Leaf Foundation and executive director of Miss Riverland and Miss Leaf River Valley Pageants.
The Leaf Foundation’s four contestants included Riverland, Leaf River Valley, Turtle Creek’s OT Vivian O’Neal of Collins and Deep South’s OT Brooklyn Mooney, who won the non-finalist interview award during the state competition.
“Our girls survived a very competitive local competition back in September at the Historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg,” said Terry Fleming, executive director of the Miss Deep South Pageant. To have two in the Top Five is incredible! We are proud of all of them.”