VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) - In just a few hours another group of 14 contestants will compete in the talent preliminary at the Miss Mississippi Pageant, among them Wednesday night's Swimwear winner, Miss Historic South, Randi Kathryn Harmon. But last night belonged to two former Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teens who tied in talent.
Jasmine Murray, Miss Riverland, says she pours her heart into every part of competition at the Miss Mississippi Pageant but Talent is her favorite.
"I thought this song had the perfect message," said Murray. "It's called Something's Gotta Hold On Me, and you know what this is my third year competing for Miss Mississippi and something has got a hold on me. I'm ready for this title."
She competed against two other former Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teens, Morgan Burnett, Miss Rankin County and Laura Lee Lewis, Miss Mississippi State University.
"Its also funny, we're also Miss Mississippi State University," said Lewis. "She crowned me this year, so its really funny but it's a great opportunity. I love Jasmine and we have a great friendship, so it was fun getting called right next to her and we have that teen bond."
In swimwear, Randi Kathryn Harmon stood out with the judges. She says eating right is so important that she brings her own grilled chicken and spinach for pageant week.
"I currently teach five children classes," said Harmon. "I have written a children's book. My children's book is currently in 24 counties in Mississippi, 16 different states, Guatemala, and Canada. And it's already been translated into Spanish. And so its a book about my platform and it talks about healthy eating and healthy exercise."
More winners will take the walk down the Miss Mississippi runway in Round 2 of prelims. Harmon competes in Talent, Murray and Lee in evening wear and on stage question.