A big night for Jackson County at Junior Miss Program

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Katie Thurber and Rayne Harris had never met until last week, but now these two young ladies have a lot in common. Both were contestants in the Mississippi Junior Miss program last week in Meridian. Katie was representing West Jackson County and Rayne was the winner in the Moss Point program.

It is rare that two girls from the same county place first and second in the state program, but that is exactly what happened Saturday night. "My jaw just dropped," Katie told WLOX News.

There were 43 contestants from all over the state. As to what the two 17 year olds said to one another after the competition was over, Rayne told us, "When Katie walked in, I said Katie, wow!"

The two young ladies have become friends in just a short time. They have a lot in common, and not just the fact they both live in Jackson County.Both are sang in the talent competition, and both girls hope to attend Columbia University after they graduate from high school.

Katie and Rayne took a lot away from the Junior Miss experience."Just be your best self," Katie said. "Honestly that is the motto of Junior Miss, and it is so true."Rayne agrees that Junior Miss has been a wonderful experience. "Any girl interested in this, definitely go for it, especially the ones that think you can't, don't let anybody tell you that you can't," the Pascagoula High senior said.

Both girls said the recognition and fame that comes from the Junior Miss experience is wonderful, but it won't change who they are in life. The national program is next June in Mobile.

By Jeff Lawson

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