Sophomore crowned Miss USM
Published: Monday, October 29, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 29, 2012 23:10
After weeks of preparation, a University of Southern Mississippi sophomore was chosen to represent the university in Vicksburg this summer at the Miss Mississippi pageant.
Hannah Roberts, a biochemistry major from Mt. Olive, was crowned Miss University of Southern Mississippi Saturday night at Hattiesburg’s Lake Terrace Convention Center.
“I’m very excited to represent the university and hopefully be a role model to young girls,” Roberts said. “I always looked up to Miss Mississippi contestants when I was little and really would like to be that person for someone else.”
Roberts was one of 14 vying for the Miss USM crown. The contestants were all judged in the categories of swimsuit, talent, individual interview and evening gown with onstage question.
For her talent, Roberts played Pupil’s Concerto No. 2 Op. 13 by Fredreich Seitz on classical violin.
Roberts said she stayed up-to-date on current events by watching news channels and practiced her violin every day to get ready for the pageant.
“I was very excited and surprised [when I won],” Roberts said. “I also felt very blessed with all of the support I received from my family, friends and sorority.”
Roberts will receive a $1,500 scholarship in addition to her crown. First runner-up at Miss USM was senior Ann Claire Reynolds, who won a $700 scholarship. Second runner-up was senior Elizabeth Keihn, who received a $500 scholarship.