Fulton’s Chelsea Rick crowned Miss Mississippi

Miss Mississippi 2013 Chelsea Rick reacts as she is crowned by Miss Mississippi 2012 Marie Wicks after being selected during the televised scholarship pageant in Vicksburg, Saturday. (AP)

Miss Mississippi 2013 Chelsea Rick reacts as she is crowned by Miss Mississippi 2012 Marie Wicks after being selected during the televised scholarship pageant in Vicksburg, Saturday. (AP)

AP and Daily Journal Reports

Fulton native and Miss Amory Railroad Festival Chelsea Rick of Fulton was crowned Miss Mississippi 2013 Saturday night.

Rick appeared ecstatic as she was crowned by 2012 Miss Mississippi Marie Wicks during the televised pageant, held in Vicksburg. This was Rick’s fifth time to compete for the crown.

She received a $10,000 scholarship and will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 15.

On Friday, Rick became this year’s only contestant in the Miss Mississippi pageant to take home two preliminary titles. She won the talent preliminary Friday night after winning in swimwear the night before. For these two titles received a $500 scholarship and a $400 scholarship respectively.

“I’ve never won in talent,” said Rick, who has been competing in the state pageant each year since 2009. “It was my first goal in Miss Mississippi, to win talent.”

She performed “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man” from the Broadway musical “Showboat.”

“I wanted to do my best,” said Rick, a doctoral student at William Carey University and Itawamba Agricultural High School graduate. She attended Millsaps College as an undergraduate.

Rick lists her scholastic ambition as becoming an internal medicine physician specializing in gerontology.

She describes her “love of meeting all kinds of people from various backgrounds and walks of life” as her “most defining characteristic.” She says she is “motivated by the knowledge that I have a purpose to fulfill. God gives each of us our own talents and gifts to fulfill a unique and specific plan. I feel that it is my obligation to use what I have been blessed with to make a difference.”

The top 10 finalists were announced at the beginning of the broadcast. Preliminary scores in talent, swimwear, evening wear, on-stage question and private interview are combined to make a composite score, which determines the top 10. Those 10 competed again Saturday night in every category except private interview.

The composite score from the week was carried over and account for 30 percent of the overall score. The contestants’ performances Saturday night in swimsuit counted for 20 percent; evening wear, 20; and talent, 30.

Miss Mississippi 2013 Chelsea Rick  waves as she makes her walk around the stage after being selected the winner during the televised scholarship pageant in Vicksburg, Saturday. (AP)

Miss Mississippi 2013 Chelsea Rick waves as she makes her walk around the stage after being selected the winner during the televised scholarship pageant in Vicksburg, Saturday. (AP)

Preliminaries began Wednesday night.

First runnerup was Miss University of Southern Mississippi Hannah Roberts, who earned a $7,500 scholarship.

Four Miss Mississippi winners have gone on to become Miss America: Mary Ann Mobley in 1958, Lynda Lee Mead in 1960, Cheryl Prewitt in 1980 and Susan Akin in 1986.

About Adam Armour

Adam Armour has been writing and taking photographs for "The Itawamba County Times" since 2005. His words and pictures have earned 18 Mississippi Press Association Awards, including several "Best of" category recognitions. He has written and independently published one novel and is currently working on a second.

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