Ruston native crowned Miss Mississippi State

Photo by Tanner Smith

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Anna-Katherine Thompson, a junior communication major from Ruston, was crowned Miss Mississippi State University on Sunday. The competition is a preliminary pageant for Miss Mississippi and Miss America.

In addition to Thompson (second from left), Sunday’s winners included (from left), Lydia Bishop, a senior marketing major from Conehatta, first alternate; Karalee “Kari” Simmons, a junior animal and dairy science/pre-veterinary science major from Lake, third alternate; and Camille Green, a senior wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture major from Purvis, second alternate.

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