HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – As Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts prepares for Miss America, a new Miss University of Southern Mississippi takes the crown to represent the Golden Eagles.
Kristen Dupard placed first runner-up in the Miss USM pageant last fall.
Today, the Honors College and Lucky Day scholar from New Orleans officially took her reign as campus queen.
“Anything that you want to do, it may not happen when you want it but it happens if it’s in your best interest. So I thank God for the opportunity to be your Miss USM,” Dupard said at her crowning ceremony.
Her platform for Fall 2015 is called “Your Vote Matters. Get Registered”. It’s about getting young people registered to vote in Hattiesburg.