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Miss Mississippi 2014: Crowning Achievement

VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Miss Mississippi 2014, Jasmine Murray says she has been competing in the Miss Mississippi system since she was 13 years old.  She was also a Top 13 finalist when she was 16 for American Idol. 

Now she is preparing to represent Mississippi at the Miss America Pageant September 14th.

Murray was the only contestant this year to win both a swimsuit and talent preliminary during competition week at Miss Mississippi. She called the double prelim win an honor but not a guarantee she would win the crown.

"I've seen the way that this organization has impacted my life," said Murray. "It's helped me become the woman that I am, but it's also helped me to really give back to my community."

The 22 year old student at Mississippi State says she put off school to pursue her music career in Nashville and will now have to put off her education for another year as she handles the duties of Miss Mississippi. 

"I took off about a year and a half and I actually pursued music after high school," said Murray. "I was going back and forth to Nashville, writing and recording and just kind of creating my own sound and that was very, very valuable to me and so I hold music very close to my heart."

The first runner up in this year's pageant was Miss Mississippi State University, Laura Lee Lewis, second alternate Randi Kathryn Harmon, Miss Historic South, 3rd runner up Miss Deep South, Caroline Conerly, and in 4th place Jessica Terrill, Miss North Central Mississippi.

The remaining Top 10; Jordin, Johnson, Miss Turtle Creek, Carol Coker, Miss Dixie, Anna Beth Higgenbotham, Miss University, Morgan Burnett, Miss Rankin County, and Shelby Danielle Corn, Miss Delta Blues.

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