Thirty eager young ladies and their mothers got their first taste of the local Junior Miss competition over the weekend in Meridian.
Organizers and the current city and county representatives addressed questions about the program.
The mission for the program is to foster the educational goals of college bound girls and recognize and reward young women who have distinguished themselves at school and in their communities.
"It is not a pageant, it is a scholarship program," said Susan Leathers, president of the Meridian/Lauderdale County Junior Miss.
Kristina Makey, Meridian's Junior Miss and Chandler Giles, Lauderdale County's Junior Miss spoke to the young ladies about their experience with the program.
"It was just a great opportunity," said Makey. "You become a better speaker and better on stage, and the program has the emphasis on education."
"The best thing about Junior Miss is that it encourages you to be your best self," Giles said.
To find out how to participate, call (601) 693-2336. All registration information must be turned in by Dec. 18. The local competition will take place on Mar. 25 and 26, 2005.