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Mary Margaret Hyer begins second year as Miss Mississippi

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Mary Margaret Hyer began her second year as Miss Mississippi for a second year Saturday. (Photo used with permission)

With both the Miss Mississippi and Miss America pageants canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pageant officials found themselves in a unique position. In what would have been the busiest week of the year, the Vicksburg Convention Center sat empty.

Rather than leave the office empty for a year, Pageant officials asked Mary Margaret Hyer to serve another year as Miss Mississippi. Saturday evening, Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. presented Hyer with her ceremonial sash in a brief ceremony.

Hyer graduated from the University of Mississippi in May 2018. The 23-year-old Hattiesburg native has graciously agreed to delay her plans to enter law school for another year to maintain the duties and responsibilities of the Miss Mississippi crown.

“Mary Margaret has been an outstanding Miss Mississippi this past year,” said pageant Executive Director David Blackledge. “She has been an awesome representative throughout our great state. We are very thankful and pleased that she has agreed to serve another year as Miss Mississippi.”

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