The Associated Press
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — It took five tries for the new Miss Mississippi — a student of osteopathic medicine — to reach the first of her two longstanding ambitions.
“I knew I wanted to be Miss Mississippi before I wanted to be a doctor,” Chelsea Rick, 23, a doctoral student at William Carey University, told The Vicksburg Post (http://bit.ly/18ePngj ).
The student from Fulton, competing as Miss Amory Railroad Festival, was crowned Saturday night at the Vicksburg Convention Center.
The first runner-up among 34 other contestants was Miss University of Southern Mississippi Hannah Roberts; second was Miss West Central Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis; third was Miss Leaf River Valley Jordin Johnson; and fourth was Miss University Caroline Conerly.
Also in the top 10 were Miss Mississippi State Jasmine Murray, Miss Heartland Breanne Ponder, Miss Southern Heartland Jessica Terrill, Miss North Central Mississippi Adrian Turner and Miss Historic South Shelby Corn.
Ricks was the only one of the 35 to win two of the five preliminary contests. She was judged best in swimwear Thursday night and best in talent Friday night, when she sang “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man” from the Broadway musical “Showboat.”
She said her victory was a “testament to hard work” after five years. She previously competed as Miss Historic Crossroads, Miss Alcorn County, Miss Metro Jackson and Miss Natchez Trace.
“I’m so blessed,” she said. “I usually get nervous, but this entire week I’ve had a peace about me.”