Pascagoula High Students to Compete in Miss Mississippi Teen USA

Two Pascagoula High students are trading in their textbooks for tiaras this week to compete in the Miss Mississippi Teen USA Pageant. They are among 29 ladies statewide chosen to compete. News 25’s Katarina Luketich caught up with the duo, who say they aren’t your typical pageant girls.
Bre’yana Charles wouldn’t call herself the pageant type. She runs track, plays soccer, and dances. She never even considered pageantry until she won a pageant put on by the school and the judges told her she should seriously consider it. “So, I was like ‘me?’ uh-nuh.’ My mom went behind my back one day and signed me up for the Miss Mississippi Teen USA Pageant and they accepted me. So, I was like ‘you know what, I’ll try it out.’”
Joining her in Tunica this week will be classmate Anna Manning. Anna isn’t a total stranger to pageants. She graced the stage as a toddler but this will be her first competition since then. Hoping to go to college one day to become a mortician, she says many are surprised she loves the beauty aspect of pageantry. “People already don’t look at me and go ‘oh,she looks like she likes to do pageants.’ They definitely do not. And a lot of people think that I don’t like stuff like that but I really do.”
While the two go into the competition with less experience than some of the other contestants, they are no less hopeful. They both see a bigger prize beyond the crown. “You get to travel,” said Manning, “You get to have your face put out there. You get to meet lots of new people and go to plenty of places and that just seems really, really exciting.”
The two continue to make their final preps for the competition that consists of swimsuit, evening gown and the ever daunting interview questions.
“If a teacher asks me a question, I raise my hand, I answer it and I try to answer it in an intelligent form,” said Charles.
“My pageant coach will get strangers to come up and ask me random interview questions. She’ll tell me what I did wrong, what I did right, what I need to work on,” said Manning.
Whether or not they take the title in Tunica, both ladies will come back to the Coast winners with new skills as they grace the ultimate stage, the stage of life.
Of the 29 contestants, about a third of them are from South Mississippi.

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