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Miss Mississippi 2011

When you ask contestants why they participate in the Miss Mississippi Pageant you get various answers. Some say its the thrill of the competition and the scholarship money. Others say it was a way to challenge themselves and get out of their comfort zone to do something different.

45 contestants arrived in Vicksburg Sunday to begin the week long competition at the Vicksburg Convention Center. We talked with Miss Heartland, Fenly Akers about the recent flooding in her hometown of Vicksburg. Akers lost everything in an apartment fire in Starkville last year. She is a student at Mississippi State University.

"It is very difficult and to see families that are suffering, it is very difficult with the flood but I can connect with them and be positive and be that light for them through this hard time. I've seen it come full circle I really feel like and the fire is something that I've learned from and I can help others do that", said Akers.

Akers was the fourth alternate to Miss Mississippi last year. 

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