Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4157 - Matthew Killebrew - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE — Coahoma Community College rising sophomore Cortise Brown recently experienced a handful of firsts.
The Jackson, MS native competed in her first beauty pageant, became the first Miss Coahoma Community College by way of a scholarship pageant, and in turn the first Miss CCC to compete for the title of Miss Mississippi.
It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks preparing, competing and traveling; and, after the week of Miss Mississippi events, there was no rest as Brown had to be back on campus.
“After the Awards Dinner I went back to the hotel and went to sleep,” said Brown. “I had to be back at school that Monday for Cheer Camp so there wasn’t a lot of down time.”
The Miss Mississippi Pageant was only Brown’s second pageant ever … she said she quickly realized that she may be at a disadvantage with experience, but she was just going to give her all in each and every event.
The newly crowned Miss Mississippi, it was her fourth year competing in the pageant.
“The majority of the other contestants had quite a bit more training than I did,” said Brown. “This was only the second pageant I had ever been in. You just try to work the hardest you can, and do the best you can … if you do that, then at the end of the day there is nothing to be upset about. I know that I did my best.”
Overall, Brown said the she is thankful for the experience that she gained by competing, and thankful for those who helped her along the way.
“I really appreciated (LaShasa Griffin, CCC Assistant Director of Enrollment and Student Services) and all of the support and encouragement she gave me throughout the process,” Brown said. “She was there every single night, driving back-and-forth from Clarksdale to Vicksburg daily, and I really appreciated all she did for me.”
Brown also wanted to thank everyone who helped sponsor her by purchasing ads, and donating money when voting for her online.
Her favorite part of the competition …
“I really enjoyed all of the dressing up; I enjoy getting dressed up,” said Brown. “A big thank you to Brides with a Budget in Clarksdale, they gave me five dresses to wear throughout the competition, and I loved all of them.”
Soon, the reigning Miss Coahoma Community College will return again to CCC for Freshmen and Transfer Orientation Aug. 1-2. Then she will settle into the fall semester and begin thinking where she will use the $2800 worth of scholarship money she won.
“Right now I am on a full scholarship at CCC, but the pageant will hold your scholarship money for up to four years,” said Brown, who’s currently majoring in Speech Education. “So the money I won will be there for me to use when I leave Coahoma and go to a 4-year college or university.”