Hearing her name, West County's Katie Thurber says she couldn't hold back her emotions.
"I am so proud to represent Mississippi as this year's Junior Miss. It means more than anything to me," 2010 Mississippi Junior Miss Katie Thurber said.
Racking up thousands of dollars in scholarships and gaining confidence in self expression, interviewing skills, and her talent, Thurber says she's learned so much about herself and others.
"I've grown so much as a person and I think that will really help me the most. And the scholarship money will help me pursue my dream of attending Columbia University," Thurber said.
Here's a few behind the scene shots...the hustle and bustle of the dressing room. the contestants watching the top ten on the screen; and after the crowning, family and friends gathering to capture the moment.
Lauderdale County's Junior Miss Jourdan Schulte placed in the top ten. She said it was totally unexpected, but greatly appreciated.
"That just made my day. I really didn't go in expecting to win and to place in the top ten...that's very exciting," Mississippi Junior Miss Top Ten Finalist Jourdan Schulte said.
And the work is just starting for this young lady and the Junior Miss Program. Several meetings are scheduled to discuss game plan as she will represent Mississippi in the America's Junior Miss Program in Mobile in June.
" We will talk with her about ways she can prepare and we will work with her with fitness and training and we will also evaluate her performance and see if there is anything we need to enhance," Mississippi Junior Miss Program Chairman Dr. Marc Fisher said.
"I think if I just try my best I will be happy with my performance and that's all I need," Thurber said.