April 18, 2019  

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Miss University of Southern Mississippi Prepares for Pageant, Donates Books

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Hannah Roberts

Hannah Roberts, the reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, held a trunk show at the Hattiesburg campus’ Trent Lott Center on Thursday, June 18 in advance of the Miss Mississippi Pageant set for June 25-27 in Vicksburg.

As part of the trunk show, Roberts previewed several of the gowns she will wear during the Miss Mississippi competition. A native of Mount Olive, Miss., Roberts finished as first runner-up in the pageant two years ago. She did not compete in last year’s event.

An accomplished violinist, Roberts graduated from Southern Miss last month with an undergraduate degree in chemistry. In 2013 she was one of only three Mississippi students awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, which recognize the nation’s next generation of top research scientists. She been accepted into medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

She noted that her normally hectic schedule has intensified as the Miss Mississippi Pageant draws closer.

“I have been very busy this month between mock interviews, walking practice, and talent rehearsals,” said Roberts. “It’s also important to stay healthy and in shape as the final weeks arrive in order to keep up with hectic schedules. I am very excited for the week and anxious for it to get here after being in preparation mode for nearly a year.”

Roberts also has been actively involved in her ongoing book donation project called “Pages of Love.” Launched in 2005, the project involves collecting new and gently used children’s books for sick and underprivileged youngsters. In the past 10 years, Roberts has donated books to hospitals, clinics, schools, churches and related organizations.

Earlier this week “Pages of Love” reached a significant milestone, eclipsing the 25,000-donation mark. In the past four months alone, the project has seen approximately 5,000 books donated to various agencies.

“I am so thrilled to have reached the 25,000 mark,” said Roberts. “This would have been impossible without the many donations that I have received from family, friends, and even complete strangers.”

More information about Pages of Love and the “Princesses for Pages” event can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pagesoflove2005. Roberts can also be followed Twitter @_chemistryqueen.