There's a new young lady representing Neshoba County. Miss Mollie McKay was named Neshoba County Junior Miss 2011 Saturday night.
McKay competed with seven other girls all vying for the coveted title. They all sparkled during the competition in areas of talent, self expression, which included an onstage question, interview, fitness, as well as scholastic.
McKay describes her initial reaction when she heard her name announced as the winner and what it took to get there.
"I was so surprised, I wasn't expecting it at all. It was just a great opportunity and I loved it and I just know it's exciting to represent my county especially. Well we had practices every Saturday, but at home you really had to work on physical fitness. I forgot about that part, we also had physical fitness. Every night you had to work on push-ups, crunches, anything that was going to help your physical fitness routine. And then talent you needed to practice that every once and a while also," says McKay.
McKay says the contest helps young girls with self confidence.
"Well especially preparing for the interview, I feel that you grow as a young lady especially. Communication skills, and it really helps in growing and you do feel a lot more comfortable once you get done. You do have the poise and posture of a young lady it feels like."
McKay's vibrant voice lead her to win the talent category. She also won the self expression essay contest, and the spirit award, which is voted on by the other girls.