By Sheena Barnett
Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick placed in the top 15 at the Miss America pageant on Sunday night.
Rick, a Fulton native and Miss Amory Railroad Festival, was eliminated out of the top 12 following the Lifestyle & Fitness competition, though she won that preliminary in the first night of competition last week.
“I’m in awe of my sister,” said Rick’s brother, Trey Rick, who was at the pageant cheering her on. “People think of Miss America as a two-hour televised beauty pageant, but it is so much more. Chelsea’s the real deal and it truly has been a lifetime in the making.”
Rick began the night by introducing herself and her state, name-dropping two “Kings,” Elvis Presley and B.B. King.
“I’m hoping for my own crown tonight,” she said.
Rick, 23, is an osteopathic medicine student at William Carey University. At the Miss America pageant, she was a finalist for the Quality of Life scholarship and won the inaugural S.T.E.M. scholarship, “which made me most proud,” Trey said.
Her platform is childhood hunger, and Trey said he knows his sister will continue promoting that platform as Miss Mississippi.
“I expect her to make a tangible difference for hungry children in Mississippi,” he said.