Miss MS Laura Lee Lewis returns fourth runner up to Miss America - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Miss MS Laura Lee Lewis returns fourth runner up to Miss America

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Miss Mississippi comes home after earning top honors at the Miss America Pageant. 

While the crown went to Miss Arkansas Savvy Shield,  Miss Mississippi 2016 Laura Lee Lewis placed in the top five and earned a $10,000 scholarship.

After landing at Jackson Evers International Airport, Lewis stretched out her arms to embrace the love of her home state.

"That was the most incredible experience I've ever done," said Lewis. "It was the Super Bowl of all Super Bowls. I went to Miss America,"

And the MSU senior didn't disappoint, placing fourth runner up to the coveted title.

The Brookhaven native returned to home Monday, one day after gracing the Atlantic City stage.

"When they finally called my name, I just, my heart dropped and immediately it began a journey of me becoming the fourth runner up, and I could not have been prouder of that moment," Lewis said. "I have no regrets."

That journey included taking center stage to represent the state.

"When they called your name you're going 'Oh my gosh. I just got called as a top seven finalist'. So that's going through your head, as well as 'oh my gosh, I'm about to draw a ball from a bowl with the judges name on it whose gonna ask me a question on national TV in front of millions of people', gushed the excited finalist. "What am I gonna say?" 

The 23-year-old credits her mentor with helping her to overcome bullying and making it to the Miss America Pageant. 

"I'm so excited to be Miss Mississippi," Lewis said. "And I hope to still spread that awareness to those young girls that if you think you can't be Miss America one day, if you think you can't be the President of the United States one day, don't think that. You can." 

She plans to get some much needed sleep and her enjoy a long awaited favorite treat - wedding cake cupcakes, before beginning her statewide tour.

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