VICKSBURG — Miss Amory Railroad Festival Chelsea Rick has become this year’s only contestant in the Miss Mississippi pageant to take home two preliminary titles this week.
The Vicksburg Post reports that Rick won the talent preliminary Friday night.
Rick will receive a $500 scholarship for her talent win on top of the $400 scholarship for her swimwear title Thursday.
“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 native of Fulton. “I am more confident now, but I’m not getting ahead of myself.”
Miss West Central Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis won the swimsuit preliminary and a $400 scholarship Friday night.
Lewis, who is majoring in education at Mississippi State University, is a first-time competitor in the pageant that Saturday night will choose a state representative for the Miss America competition in Atlantic City in September.
“Being on stage in a swimsuit surprisingly isn’t as nerve-wracking as it sounds,” Lewis said. “You have to be comfortable with yourself and, for me that comes from being fit and healthy.”
Miss Mississippi 2013 will be crowned in a televised broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. on WLBT-TV.
The top 10 finalists will be 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 will compete again Saturday night in every category except private interview.
The composite score from the week will be carried over and account for 30 percent of the overall score. The contestants’ performances tonight in swimsuit will count for 20 percent; evening wear, 20; and talent, 30.
Preliminaries began Wednesday night.
The third preliminary winner in swimwear was Miss Heartland Breanne Ponder of Mount Olive, a second-year competitor who also won a swimsuit preliminary last year.
Miss Leaf River Valley Jordin Johnson of Meridian won the talent portion Wednesday with a lyrical dance. Miss University of Southern Mississippi Hannah Roberts of Mount Olive took the talent title Thursday with a violin performance. Both are newcomers to the pageant.
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.