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Miss Riverbend crowned Miss Mississippi 2019

Mary Margaret Hyer has been crowned Miss Mississippi 2019. Hyer was chosen out of 45 contestants who participated in the week-long competition in Vicksburg.

Photo courtesy of the Miss Mississippi Pageant

For the first time, the state competition did not have a swimwear component. This is a result of changes happening within the Miss America organization in an effort to be more inclusive of women of all sizes.

The swimsuit portion of the competition was eliminated last year at Miss America and this year at Miss Mississippi the judges and audience heard more from each contestant about their social impact initiatives.

Hyer was a preliminary winner during the week in the evening wear/social impact statement competition.

Hyer’s social impact initiative deals with organ and tissue donation which has personally affected her family with her mother donating a kidney to her grandmother. However, Hyer says many others are not fortunate enough to have a family member who is compatible or willing to be a donor.

Photo courtesy of the Miss Mississippi Corporation.

“By promoting donation through “Advocate, Celebrate, Donate: Decreasing the Donor Organ Deficiency, I hope to inspire Mississippians to sign up to be organ donors and give the gift of life to those in need,” said Hyer.

Hyer will move on to compete to become Miss America 2020. First-runner-up, Charley Ann Nix will be asked to take over for Hyer if she is unable to fulfill her duties as Miss Mississippi, or if she is crowned Miss America.

Runners-up

4th – Blair Wortsmith Miss University

3rd – Molly May Miss Dixie

2nd – Macy Mitchell Miss Hattiesburg

1st – Charley Ann Nix Miss Delta

Top 10 

Leah Ann Boyd – Miss Greenville

Katelyn Elizabeth Brown – Miss Natchez Trace

Mary Margaret Hyer – Miss Riverbend

Molly May – Miss Dixie

Grace McClanahan – Miss All America City

Macy Mitchell – Miss Hattiesburg

Charley Ann Nix – Miss Delta

Rachel Shumaker – Miss Pontotoc Ridge

Dana Wesley – Miss Rhythm & Blues

Blaire Wortsmith – Miss University

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