Miss MC contestants performing the opening dance in Swor Auditorium at Mississippi College on February 24, 2017. Each of the contestants worked hard prior to the pageant.
Contestant #7, Rachel Lawrence, performing her talent of choice: dance. Lawrence danced to a song from the musical Hairspray.
Contestant #1, Muriel Collins, during the 'Evening Gown' portion of the pageant. Collins walked confidently on the catwalk.
Sallie Kaye Streeter, contestant #4, making a joke during the interview portion of the pageant. Streeter's answer made the audience laugh, causing her to laugh as well.
Contestant #5, Sydney Thigpen, smiling at the judges as she competes in the 'Evening Gown' portion of the pageant. Thigpen won Miss Congeniality for the evening.
Rachel Lawrence listens to her question in the interview portion of the pageant. Lawrence tied for 'Highest GPA' with Muriel Collins.
Contestant #9, Jesse Bingham, smiles as she draws her question out of the bowl during the interview portion of the pageant. Bingham won first runner up for the pageant.
Kendyll Covington, the 2015 Miss Mississippi College winner, sings her closing song before she passes the crown down to the next winner. Covington sang beautifully and deep from the heart.
Young girl in the audience holds up a sign supporting one of the contestants as they walk across the stage a final time. The winner of the pageant was announced shortly afterward.
Lydia Myers, contestant #2, falls to the ground in surprise when she is named Miss Mississippi College 2017.
Confetti falls as Lydia Myers is named Miss Mississippi College 2017. The other contestants smiled and clapped for Myers.
Kendyll Covington crowns Lydia Myers as the new Miss Mississippi College as Myers stands in awe. A few tears fell from Myers's eye.