The pageant consisted of a pre-completed interview with the judges, talent portion, swimsuit and fitness, evening gown, and an onstage question. Seven outstanding USM students participated in the Miss USM pageant.
After the judges tabulated their scores, the night concluded with the previous Miss USM, Maggie Evans, crowning the newest Miss University of Southern Mississippi. This year's winner of the crown was Kristen Benigno from Laurel, Mississippi. The title of first runner up was given to Lee Armstrong and the second runner up title was given to Lyndsay Pleas.
Top left photo: Miss USM 2009, Maggie Evans, crowns Miss USM 2010, Kristen Benigno.
Bottom left photo: Second Runner-Up Lyndsay Pleas performs her talent for the audience.
For more information and pictures, visit the Hattiesburg American at: http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=DB&Dato=20091114&Kategori=PHOTOGALLERIES&Lopenr=911140802&Ref=PH.