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Miss Mississippi 2014 speaks on her journey for the crown

Miss Mississippi 2014 Jasmine Murray Miss Mississippi 2014 Jasmine Murray
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The third time was the charm for 22-year-old Jasmine Murray. She is crediting her persistence with helping her win the title.

"What does it feel like to have this crown?", Murray was asked.

She replied, "Absolutely incredible. I'm so thankful and just on cloud nine right now."

Murray, who is from Columbus, has competed in the Miss Mississippi Pageant as Miss Mississippi State and in 2012 was first runner up. Last year she made the Top 10, but not the Top 5.

Murray told us, "I still can't believe it , but I'm just so honored and I look forward to everything that I will do this year as Miss Mississippi."

This time around Murray says she felt more at ease and confident.

Wednesday night Murray tied with Laura Lee Lewis in the talent preliminary. She crowned Lewis Miss Mississippi State who was 2nd alternate in 2013 and first runner up Saturday night.

Murray said, "I am open to any advice or anything that I can do to better myself; to better represent the state of Mississippi and bring back the crown of Miss America."

Friday night Murray became the only contestant to win a double prelim by winning in swimsuit.

It has not been an easy journey for the former American Idol Contestant who made the Top 13 in 2008.

Last year she lost her young  niece and dedicated her song in the pageant in her memory. She says she had a very special guardian angel looking out for her.

Murray explained, "She was 18-months-old and she was a beautiful soul. But I'm so thankful that I was able to spend anytime with her at all, and she really, really had a light about herself."

Murray said she will begin preparation for the Miss America Pageant, set for September 14th, in Atlantic City, New Jersey immediately.

She said, "Go to the gym. That's the first thing I'd like to do."

Murray is the third African American to represent Mississippi at the Miss American Pageant.

The other winners from Saturday night's competition were Jessica Terrill, Miss North Central Mississippi, who was fourth runner up.

In third place, Caroline Conerly, Miss Deep South; second runner up, Miss Historic South, Randi Kathryn Harmon, and first runner up, Miss Mississippi State University, Laura Lee Lewis.

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