Area woman to compete for Miss Mississippi title _lowres

Photo provided by Martha Ellen Christopher -- Madison Reap, 19, of St. Francisville is Miss Capital City USA 2016.

Madison Reap, 19, of West Feliciana Parish, will compete for the title of Miss Mississippi 2016 in October at Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi.

She holds the title of Miss Capital City USA 2016.

Reap, the daughter of Brian and Amy Spillman, grew up in St. Francisville, where her parents still live, and graduated from West Feliciana High School in 2014.

She attends Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, and is on the cheerleading squad.

“I have always been interested in pageantry,” Reap said. “I’ve watched Miss USA since I was a little girl, but it wasn’t until college that I had the opportunity to enter and compete in the Miss Capital City USA pageant.”

The 19-year-old said she loves to paint, stay fit, travel, attend concerts and learn about and speak Spanish.

As a Belhaven student, Reap is studying biochemistry with hopes of eventually going to dental school to become an oral surgeon.

“My ultimate goal is to use my dental skills in underserved Spanish-speaking countries,” Reap said.

When asked what advice she’d offer young girls thinking of entering pageant competition, Reap said, “Beauty is not the only component of pageantry; it’s about being a role model, inspiring with a genuine purpose and serving your community the best way you can. It’s about being proud of where you came from and never changing who you truly are.”

The Miss Mississippi Teen and Miss Mississippi USA pageants are the official preliminaries to the Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.

The young woman chosen as Miss Mississippi will represent the state in the 2016 Miss USA pageant.