The newly crowned Miss Mississippi is ready to begin her reign, but even before Buys was crowned she was doing her part in service to the magnolia state during the Vicksburg water crisis in May.
“The city of Vicksburg collected water from surrounding cities that donated and had water drives for the city of Vicksburg and I was able to help them distribute that. It was so encouraging to see the giving hearts of the people in Mississippi.”
Bringing clean water to people isn’t something that is new to Buys. Her platform of service is Water for Life and she says that her personal connection with the project began when her family sponsored a water well in India.
“I want to continue to raise money throughout this year to fund more clean water wells and just meet any needs of individuals that I can here in America because 11 percent of the world’s population doesn’t have access to clean drinking water,” said Buys. “Here in America that’s just something that we don’t really even think about because we have water so easily, just at the turn of a faucet. I am looking forward to being able to lower those percentages and meet the needs of the people both locally and globally.
Even though Buys got a crown in Vicksburg she’s not done with competing yet and says she is already beginning to prepare for the Miss America Pageant.
Buys was able to go to the Miss America Pageant in 2013 as Miss Mississippi’s outstanding teen and says being able to be on the other side of the stage is a dream come true.
“I can just promise and guarantee everyone in the state of Mississippi that I am going to work my hardest so that I can bring home the crown of Miss America.”
Buys will compete in the Miss America Pageant September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.