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Miss Mississippi's mission to provide vision

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Wicks says winning the Miss Mississippi title came at just the right time. She competed for the title five times, and made the top 10 in three of those contests. Wicks says winning the Miss Mississippi title came at just the right time. She competed for the title five times, and made the top 10 in three of those contests.

Miss Mississippi 2012, Marie Wicks, is focusing on the importance of eyesight during her reign. At Sunday's Trunk Show she asked for donations of eyeglasses and hopes her future career will also help those who are less fortunate.

Miss Mississippi says she found her calling in life on a mission trip to Bolivia.

"That showed me how important medicine is to serve a basic necessity of all of mankind. Everyone needs medicine and that's when I learned that I can give that in that way to people for the rest of my life," said Wicks.

During Sunday's Trunk Show Wicks asked supporters to bring old eye glasses that will be donated to those in need. She supports the efforts of the Lion's Club Eye Bank and uses her platform to promote eye sight.

"I want to do ophthalmology, and I've been involved with the Lion's Club doing free vision screenings and eye glasses, collecting the donated eye glasses," Wicks said.

Wicks says winning the Miss Mississippi title came at just the right time. She competed for the title five times, and made the top 10 in three of those contests.

"I've published a book recently. Its entitled Myope, The Tale of a Lion and a Pair of Glasses. And its kind of an imaginative tale. I say it's a children's book, but I think anyone of any age could appreciate it. And Myope means near sighted in French," explained Wicks.

She says her pageant prep team has helped her prepare for almost two weeks of events in Las Vegas including preliminary competition and the big night Jan. 12 when the new Miss America is crowned.

"I'm so proud to represent Mississippi and as William Faulkner said, "to understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi." So I could not be more proud to represent this state," Wicks said.

You can help Miss Mississippi at the Miss America Pageant. Beginning Monday you can vote for Wicks to become an America's Choice contestant. You can cast your vote on the Miss America website or on the Facebook page. Voting continues through January 10, 2013.

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