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Hattiesburg-based Leaf Foundation contestants Miss Hattiesburg Ivey Swan and Miss Riverland Laura Lee Lewis were preliminary swimsuit winners this week at the Miss Mississippi Pageant. Miss Leaf River Valley Michaela Moore of USM was named a preliminary talent winner and made the Top Ten. Swan was state Quality of Life Platform winner as well with her mission "The Art$: A Road to Success." Swan finished third runner-up; Lewis was 2nd runner-up and Leaf contestant Miss Pearl River Valley Morgan Burnett made the Top Ten as well. Miss USM Hannah Roberts was named the new Miss Mississippi.



Thank you, Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray, for the grace and elegance that you brought to the title of Miss Mississippi. From my house to the White House, you have been a dignified credit to your school, The entire Leaf Foundation and this state. We are so proud of you and wish you the best in future endeavors. You are indeed a Lady of the Leaf! Michael Marks, Director Miss Riverland Scholarship Pageant



The new Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen was crowned Saturday night in Vicksburg. (l-r): Miss Deep South’s OT Holly Brand (3rd RU); Miss Turtle Creek’s OT Brooklyn Mooney (1st RU); Miss Central Mississippi’s OT Grace Post (MMOT); Miss Hattiesburg’s OT Ryone Thompson (2nd RU); and Miss Madison County’s OT Addison Crowder (4th RU). Post will now represent the state at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando in July. Deep South, Turtle Creek and Hattiesburg Outstanding Teens are representatives of the Hattiesburg-based Leaf Foundation.




  (l-r)   Miss Leaf River Valley Michaela Moore and Miss Riverland Laura Lee Lewis are honored by Lights Jewelers and Gemologists with Mississippi Snowballs for their civic contributions.


Two women were honored today for their civic contributions.  Would be Miss Americas – Miss Leaf River Valley Michaela Moore and Miss Riverland Laura Lee Lewis each received an official “Mississippi Snowball” pendant this weekend from Lights Jewelers & Gemologists.

According to Susan Light, “Lights is committed to supporting the platforms of these two outstanding women.  The trademarked ‘Mississippi Snowball’ is a symbol of the quality of life they bring to this community.”

Moore, a theatre major at Southern Miss, is an advocate for prevention of Suicide.  She recently lead all fundraisers at the university’s first major fundraiser for suicide, “Out of Darkness” Walk. Her platform is entitled, “Shining a Light on Life.”  She recently delivered her charge to the state Student Council Convention.  Her activities are chronicled at shiningalightonlife.com.

Lewis’  mission is called Treat Me Fairly: Intolerance Stops With You.  Her platform is a call to end discrimination based on race, gender, age, and sexual preference. She recently traveled to Ferguson Missouri to survey the political and social fallout from unrest there.  In a recent television appearance in The Pine Belt, she praised Hattiesburg as a model for how to handle community crises.  She is a senior education major at Mississippi State University. More on her life’s work is at treatmefairly.org.

Leaf Foundation Board Member Katie Headrick acknowledges, “We are delighted to have Lights on board as a part of our scholarship foundation.  This community understands the value of The Miss America Pageant in shaping the lives of the young women who are involved in our local program.”

Both women are scholarship winners of the Hattiesburg-based Leaf Foundation and will compete in the 58th Miss Mississippi Scholarship Pageant this July in Vicksburg.




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