Hannah Roberts, a sophomore from Mount Olive, Miss., bested a field of 14 contestants to win the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant Saturday, Oct. 27 at Hattiesburg’s Lake Terrace Convention Center. The event is a preliminary for the Miss Mississippi Pageant next summer in Vicksburg.
Roberts is a biochemistry major and student in the university’s prestigious Honors College. She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, the American Chemist Society, Eagle Connections and has served as a volunteer with the Golden Eagle Welcome Weekend (GEWW) Crew. She is the daughter of James and Danna Roberts.
“I’m very excited about winning the pageant,” Roberts said. “I’m looking forward to competing this summer (in the Miss Mississippi Pageant).”
Roberts’ platform is “Pages of Love,” an initiative she launched in 2006 to encourage literacy through the donation of books.
Pageant runner-ups included first alternate Ann Claire Reynolds, a senior from Petal, Miss.; second alternate Elizabeth Kiehn, a senior from Meridian, Miss.; and third alternate April Mayfield, a freshman from Vicksburg, Miss.