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Mayor Proclaims Jasmine Murray Day in Hattiesburg
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree proclaimed Sunday, August 24 as Jasmine Murray Day in the City of Hattiesburg, laying claim to The Hub City’s distinction as being the new Miss Mississippi‘s local pageant hometown.
In a ceremony held yesterday, Mayor DuPree presented the American Idol finalist with an official proclamation as she was “welcomed home” by the Leaf Foundation Board of Directors and community and corporate sponsors. Murray, who competed for the state title as Miss Riverland, was crowned back on August 2, 2013, at the Historic Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg in a local pageant sponsored by the Hattiesburg-based Leaf Foundation.
Murray states, “Spending several months here training for the state title with this board and coaches, I have grown to love Hattiesburg! It is exciting to return and thank the folks who helped me get this far.”
Last week, ABC’s “20/20” program announced that the show would be airing scenes from the Saenger Theater in Hattiesburg via the Miss Riverland Scholarship Pageant as part of an hour-long national special that will air prior to the televised finals of The Miss America Competition live from Atlantic City on Sunday, September 14. The mayor acknowledges, “Anytime we get national exposure for Hattiesburg we are thrilled.”
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Jones County Native Receives Crown
Ellisville’s Jordan Parker, a recent graduate of South Jones High School, was crowned as the new Miss Riverland in ceremonies held recently at The Mississippi University for Women in Columbus.
During the official Homecoming activities for newly-crowned Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray, Parker was named the new local title holder. According to Miss Riverland Executive Director Michael Marks, Parker was “next in line” via her finish in the August 2 official Miss America preliminary pageant held at the Historic Saenger Theater in Hattiesburg.
“What an opportunity for me to be engaged in my state,” says the excited Jones County native. “I love giving back and performing. This new platform will allow me to do both!” Parker will finish out the year of service started by Murray and give up her title on October 12 when Miss Riverland 2015 will be crowned at The Historic Saenger Theater.
Jordan is the daughter of Terry and Theresa Parker of Ellisville.
Columbus Native Wins Miss Mississippi Crown
PHOTO IDENTIFICATION (L-R): Miss Deep South Caroline Conerly (4th RU), Miss MSU Laura Lee Lewis (1st RU), Miss Riverland Jasmine Murray (Miss Mississippi); Miss Historic South Randi-Kathryn Harmon (3rd RU); and Miss North Central Jessica Terrill (4th RU).
Jasmine Murray, a native of Columbus, Mississippi and a current student at Mississippi State University has been named Miss Mississippi 2014 in an annual scholarship pageant held Saturday night in Vicksburg. Competing as Miss Riverland and singing “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” in the talent portion of the contest, Murray outpaced 40 other contestants to take the state title on her third try. She was the pageant’s only double preliminary winner, winning talent and swimsuit preliminary awards.
The Top Five included First Runner-up Miss Mississippi State University Laura Lee Lewis; Second Runner-up Randi-Kathryn Harmon; Third Runner-Up Miss Deep South Caroline Conerly, and Fourth Runner-Up Miss North Central Jessica Terrill. Rounding out the Top Ten were Misses Turtle Creek Jordin Johnson, Dixie Carol Coker, University Anna Beth Higginbotham, Rankin County Morgan Burnett, and Delta Blues Shelby Corn.
“I have dreamed about being in the Miss America Pageant since I was a little girl. This feels surreal!” Several years ago, Murray also served the state as Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen, placing in the Top Ten in national competition, garnering the US Dream Academy Scholarship as national recognition for her service project, 13 Going on 30.
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