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Miss Mississippi 2013: A tough job

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Local pageants for Miss Mississippi are held all over the state to narrow the field from several hundred to 35 who vie for the state title.

It is not an easy job to make it to the state pageant. The contestants must earn the right to titles like, Miss Spirit Of The South, Miss Southland, Miss Amory Railroad Festival, or Miss Delta Blues.

Several state universities and colleges also have representatives including Mississippi College, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, USM, William Carey and 3 community colleges. Caroline Conerly, Miss University represents Ole Miss.

"I had the opportunity to represent something that means a lot to me. My university, the place where I go to school, where I learn, where I live," said Conerly.

Jasmine Murray who was the first runner up in 2012 is back as Miss Mississippi State University. It has been a difficult year after the death of her 18 month old niece. She says her mother has always been the glue to keep their family together.

"She grew up in a kind of abusive home and she was in foster care for a while and she's been through a lot in her childhood, but she didn't let that stop her," said Murray.

Jennifer Seymour, Miss Delta Blues is back for her fourth and last year. She plans a career in the Air Force and says at one point she competed in 12 local pageants to win the right to be back on the Miss Mississippi stage.

"I graduated with a degree in biomedical sciences and currently I'm studying to take the MCAT and my officer qualifying test," said Seymour.

This year fans and supporters are also being asked to vote for their favorite contestant who could be Mississippi's Choice to head to the Miss America Pageant.

You can vote for Mississippi's Choice on the Miss Mississippi website right up until the start of the pageant Saturday night. And you can watch the pageant live on WLBT beginning at 8.

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