Two young women from the Coast, Bethany Noelle Cuevas of Long Beach and Michaela Moore of Biloxi, are among 41 contestants competing this week for the title of Miss Mississippi at the 2014 Miss Mississippi Pageant at the Vicksburg Convention Center.
The preliminary rounds will be held Wednesday through Friday nights, with each contestant group competing in talent, swimwear, evening wear and an on-stage question.
The big night is Saturday, when the top 10 will be announced, and they will compete in all four categories, culminating in the crowning of Miss Mississippi 2014.
Saturday night's competition will be broadcast on the Coast starting at 8 p.m. on EXXV, Cable One channel 476.
It also will be available through live stream and the pro app available on the website, missmississippipageant.com.
Here's a look at the two Coast contestants:
Bethany Noelle Cuevas
Cuevas is the reigning Miss MidSouth and is studying elementary education at the University of Southern Mississippi.
According to her profile on the Miss Mississippi website, she hopes to eventually earn a doctorate in education and become an English professor.
Her platform is volunteerism, and she encourages others to take an active role in their communities.
Her talent will be a jazz dance to "My Strongest Suit" from the Broadway musical "Aida."
She lists her favorite musician as John Mayer and her favorite place to visit as Disney World.
"I love all types of seafood, but crab legs are my favorite," she writes on her profile in response to a question about her favorite food. "Living on the Gulf Coast has really spoiled me."
Her favorite way to spend a day off?
"I like to get a pedicure and play with my Chihuahuas," she writes.
Moore is the reigning Miss Northridge, and she is studying for a double major in vocal performance and public relations at Mississippi State University.
She hopes to follow up her education with graduate studies, according to her profile on the Miss Mississippi website.
Her platform is reaching teens through performing arts as a positive activity to develop skills and a sense of self.
Her talent will be a vocal performance, and she lists show tunes and musicals as her favorite music genres. Her favorite foods are raspberries and crab legs.
If she were stranded on a desert island, what book would she want with her?
"I honestly think I would want my Bible," Moore writes on her profile on the Miss Mississippi website. "Being on a deserted island would kind of stress me out, so I would love to find solace and hope in Scripture. And, with a lot of prayer, maybe I could find my way home again."
Other South Mississippians
Other South Mississippians in the contest include Anna Beth Higginbotham, Miss University, of Hattiesburg; Ashley Barding, Miss Southern Magnolia, of Petal; Caroline Conerly, Miss Deep South, of Hattiesburg; Dalee Kimble, Miss Leaf River Valley, of Leakesville; Ivey Millicent Swan, Miss New South, of Hattiesburg; Kimberly Page, Miss USM, of Ellisville; LeighAnn Pacific, Miss Riverbend, of Laurel; Mia Madeline Hall, Miss Hattiesburg, of Meridian; Sarah Beth Sewell, Miss William Carey Univerisity, of Starkville.