Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray is putting the finishing touches on talent, wardrobe and preparing for the judge's interview at the Miss America pageant next month. One of the judges is former Alcorn State University and Green Bay Super Bowl Champion, Donald Driver. Murray is thanking the volunteers who work tirelessly to help her win the national crown.
On the front row at the Miss America Send Off for Miss Mississippi, her family. She thanked them and the volunteers who run the pageant and support each state representative as they prepare to compete at Miss America.
Murray said, "the fact that they have jobs outside of this but they take out their time because they believe in this program, they believe in making sure that they give back as well because they've had people pour into their lives."
Among the volunteers is David Blackledge, Executive Director and Chairman of the Board.
Blackledge told us, "we're here to help these young ladies further their careers, and also to help them with their education. That's so important in this day and time to be able to have the financial support that we're able to provide."
Murray and Blackledge say it is a team effort to make sure the pageant also supports the educational dreams of contestants through scholarship money. Miss America gets a $50,000 dollar scholarship.
Murray explained, "this organization has definitely helped me to be able to further my education without having the stress of having to pay for it."
Blackledge added, "its a scholarship pageant. We had over a million dollars in in-kind scholarships we provided this year and then over a hundred thousand dollars in cash scholarships."
At least 30 people are planning to make the trip to Atlantic City to cheer for Miss Mississippi. They believe this could be the year this state gets a fifth Miss America.
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Voting closes at 11:59pm EST Friday, September 12, 2014.
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