Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen named

Published 10:02 pm Sunday, April 28, 2019

Miss Hattiesburg’s Outstanding Teen Jane Granberry was crowned the 2019 Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen on Sunday.

“I am so excited more than anything and I am just feeling support from everybody,” Cranberry said, after winning the state title.

During Sunday’s final round of the teen pageant, which was held at the Vicksburg City Auditorium, the top 10 finalists were named.

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These young women then competed again in all phases of the competition with the exception of the private interview.

Scoring for the final competition was based on 35 percent of the contestants’ overall composite score from the preliminary competitions with another 35 percent going towards talent, 15 percent for lifestyle and fitness and 15 percent for evening gown and on-stage question.

On Saturday, Granberry had been named the winner in two preliminaries.

She had been named the talent winner during the first round of the preliminary competitions, and she tied with Miss Modern South’s Outstanding Teen Tori Johnson for the evening gown and on-stage question phase of the competition during the final round of the preliminary competitions that were held Saturday night.

Though she was double preliminary winner, Granberry said, she did not let this influence her performance during the final round of the competition.

“I tried to come in thinking about this as a clean slate because that’s what is and I knew I had to execute everything just like I did yesterday and hope for the best,” she said.

Wearing a red costume, Granberry performed a jazz routine to Celine Dion’s “River Deep, Mountain Wide.”

For the evening gown and on-stage question phase of the competition, she wore a canary yellow gown.

“The finals were electric and amazing and I am proud of what I did and what everybody else did,” Granberry said.

As the 16-year-old Oak Grove High School student prepares for the national title, she said she would continue doing everything she had done to prepare for the state pageant.

“But ten thousand times more,” she added. “I think my new state directors are going to prepare me so well and I am really excited to start.”

In addition to winning the crown, Granberry was also the recipient of an $8,000 scholarship.

This year, 35 contestants were vying for the coveted title.

Miss Modern South’s Outstanding Teen Tori Johnston was named first-runner up and received a $2,000 scholarship.

Miss Southern Oaks Outstanding Teen Evan Rhett was second runner up and the recipient of a $1,200 scholarship. Miss Vicksburg’s Outstanding Teen Mattie Grace Morris was named third runner-up and she received a $900 scholarship.

Fourth runner-up was Miss Deep South’s Outstanding Teen Lily Munro and she received a $600 scholarship.

Rounding out the top ten were Miss Rhythm and Blues’ Outstanding Teen Zoe Bingham; Miss Jackson’s Outstanding Teen Jenna Rowland; Miss Tupelo’s Outstanding Teen Emily Warren; Miss All-America’s Outstanding Teen Hailey Nichole Pushis and Miss Brandon’s Outstanding Teen Mary Kate Nelson.