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Miss Mississippi 2010: Future careers

 By Maggie Wade - bio| email

VICKSBURG, MS (WLBT) - The Miss America Pageant system is the largest provider of scholarships for women in the nation. Miss Mississippi contestants will take their share of almost 300 thousand dollars in scholarship money this year. They will use that money for careers in corporate America, in hospitals and in the classroom.

One of the judges for this year's pageant is Miss Mississippi 1997, Dr. Myra Barginear. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in New York City. Through the years there have been a number of current physicians who once graced the Miss Mississippi stage. The contestants say this pageant is a great way to earn scholarship money to continue their education.

"I'm hoping to graduate from Mississippi State in the next couple of years and then I would really like to get my MBA in the music business from Belmont University", said Sarah Beth James, Miss Metro Jackson.

Miss Mid South, Danielle Smith was first alternate to Miss Mississippi 2009. She has also placed as 4th runner up, and second runner up. Her goal is to become a life coach. Smith earned her degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Mississippi State.

"If there was a life coach to get someone completely together to where they live out their life the best way that they can that is what is going to change this world", Smith said.

Miss Heartland, Meagan Holaday, stood out last year in the first two piece evening gown in the pageant's history. She says she hopes to take the lessons she's learned into the classroom.

"I do hope to be a teacher and eventually teach at the university level", said Holaday.

"I'm a huge sports fanatic and I would love to be like Erin Andrews on the sidelines of ESPN one day", Katherine Barkett, Miss Central Mississippi said.

"I'm hoping to go to grad school and possibly get a Masters in PR, maybe in College Student Personnel, that's still up for debate", said Kristen Benigno, Miss University of Southern Mississippi.

Whether they are CEO's for Fortune 500 companies, or volunteers these young women say Miss Mississippi has played an important role in helping them achieve their dreams.

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