By Maggie Wade
The new Miss Mississippi is a 21 year old senior at Mississippi State Nniversity who is considering a career as a teacher. Taryn foshee was crowned saturday night at the Vicksburg Convention Center.
Judges look for consistentcy at the Miss Mississippi Pageant. and Taryn Foshee, who came to Vicksburg as Miss Byram Tri-County was consistent the whole week.
She has competed at Miss Mississippi the last four years.
Foshee says "Completely overwhelming. I have worked for this for four years and the reality of this has not set in, that I finally accomplished this goal."
Foshee was second alternate two years in a row. And said at one point considered not coming back this year.
She says "It was a little hard in the beginning to decide if I was coming back the fourth time but I prayed a lot about it and I just knew I wasn't ready to give up on my goal yet."
The new Miss Mississippi plans to continue to work on her platform and a new facilty for mentally challenged adults in Canton.
Foshee says "Our doors are opening in September. It's a community called Sun Valley and it will be a community for adults with mental retardation. It will be a living community where they can go and live for the duration of their lives."
Miss Mississippi 2006 plans to attend law school but for now her education is on hold. She will spend the next few months preparing for the Miss America Pageant which is moving to a new format, reality tv.
Foshee says "I'm ready for that. I'm excited about the changes Miss America is going through and I am a stroing and independent enough person to be able to take the pressure of the cameras I believe, but I am goingto work extremely hard to represent Mississippi well.
The first runner up was Miss William Carey College, Lacey Cofield, second alternate, Miss University, Tara Tutor, in 3rd place, Miss Dixieland, Amanda Paige-Whittington, and 4th runner up, Miss Hattiesburg, Rachael Shannon.
Miss mississippi will receive more than $15,000 dollars in scholarship money.
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