Miss Mississippi 2013 Makes Final Appearance at CCC
CLARKSDALE – Miss Mississippi 2013 Chelsea Rick spent part of the last official appearance of her reign visiting Coahoma Community College Wednesday.
Rick, a Fulton, MS native, snagged the title of Miss Mississippi last year after being crowned locally as Miss Amory Railroad Festival. The last Miss Mississippi to visit CCC was Toni Seawright, who was the first African American to win and the fourth runner up to Miss America, in 1987.
Rick spent the entire day in Clarksdale, making stops at the City Hall, eating lunch with the Exchange Club, and visiting the Delta Blues Museum, before arriving on CCC’s campus. She met with Miss. CCC Lauren Williams, SGA President Christopher Neal Jr., and SGA Sergeant-at-Arms Kenneth Miller along with Director of Enrollment and Student Services Karen Woods-Done and CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner on the top floor of the Vivian M. Presley Administration Building, overlooking CCC’s campus.
“I’m very happy to be here…this is a beautiful building and I’m looking forward to learning more about the great things going on at Coahoma Community College so I can spread the word,” said Rick as she introduced herself.
During the visit, Rick discussed her year of service promoting her platform “Full Plates, Healthy State” which addresses hunger and places emphasis on providing healthy, nutritious food. It’s an issue she said she became passionate about after volunteering at a community kitchen with her mom at the age of 13.
“Hunger is something that I feel called to and I’ve always felt that way. I think that everyone is blessed with their issue that they’re passionate about addressing, as we all should be, because we need people to help in every area,” Rick said.
She also shared ideas with CCC student leaders to help them create their own platform to address hunger locally.
“There are so many ways to address the issue of hunger because it’s so all-encompassing and it’s really about the cycle of poverty in general,” she said. “The most important thing you all can do, as a representation of CCC, is to actually be there—not just send the check or send the goods, but meet them face-to-face and show them that you’re not judging anyone but that you’re here to help.”
Rick will trade in her crown for scrubs at the end of the month when she returns to school at William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine to continue pursuing her goal of becoming an Internal Medicine physician specializing in Gerontology.
“Eventually I want to become a rural physician. I’m interested in preventative medicine. …I want to be the type of doctor that builds long-term relationships with their patients,” Rick shared.
In addition to achieving her career goals, Rick said she’s also working to continue developing her personal interests.
“I’m very interested in leading a multi-vocational lifestyle like many of the people I’ve met here in Clarksdale today. They have their hand in a lot of things like art and other cultural aspects. I want to have a career, but I would also like to pursue some other endeavors.”
Rick ended her final appearance in Clarksdale performing at the Grounds Zero Blues Club.
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