HATTIESBURG, MS - The winner of the 2015 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant is Erin Morgan of Laurel.
Morgan is a senior at Mississippi State University, pursuing a degree in kinesiology with plans to attend physical therapy school. She placed in the top three for the speech awards on Friday morning. Each contestant presented a 90-second speech to a panel of judges on how they would sell Mississippi to a visitor.
Morgan will now represent the state for the next year, promoting tourism and economic development.
"Well, I would love to change people's perception on Mississippi," said Morgan. "And that starts within the state. So, just talking to people, locals, about why others think about Mississippi the way they do and really, just shine a positive light on that."
The first runner-up is Anne Tatum McPherson from Madison County. The pageant took place Saturday night at Hattiesburg's Saenger Theater.
The Mississippi Miss Hospitality is a program of VISITHATTIESBURG™, and is presented by VISITHATTIESBURG™, The University of Southern Mississippi and the City of Hattiesburg.