VICKSBURG – (AP) The new Miss Mississippi is a woman who plans to be a physician and who graduated from the University of Mississippi with a double major in French and international studies.
This year’s Miss Mississippi pageant was the fifth for Marie Wicks of Ocean Springs, competing as Miss Dixie. She was crowned Saturday night at the Vicksburg Convention Center.
“Keeping up my spirit to keep on going was the hardest part, it’s been a very taxing week,” Wicks told The Vicksburg Post. “My nervousness went away when I went on stage, though.”
Wicks was third runner-up last year as Miss Pine Belt/Gulf Coast, and one of 42 women in this year’s competition.
This year her talent entry was playing “Presto agitato” – the very fast movement – from Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” for piano.
She will spend the coming months preparing for the 2013 Miss America Pageant, Jan. 12 in Las Vegas.
Four Miss Mississippi winners have become Miss America: Mary Ann Mobley of Brandon in 1959, Lynda Lee Mead of Natchez in 1960, Cheryl Prewitt of Ackerman in 1980 and Susan Akin of Meridian in 1986.
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