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Milton student teacher crowned Miss West Virginia

Oct. 30, 2008 @ 12:22 AM

MILTON -- Milton Elementary student teacher Jessi Pierson, crowned Miss West Virginia USA last week, was surprised with a celebration Wednesday at the school.

Pierson, a 21-year-old Marshall University student, is the daughter of Brett and Kristi Pierson of Milton. She is a senior elementary education major and will graduate early. Pierson said she is proud of that and making the Dean's List every semester.

She also is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Baptist Campus Ministries and has volunteered for the MS Walk, Food Pantry and the Think Pink Fashion Show. Pierson will graduate in December and hopes to start substitute teaching in January.

Pierson will represent West Virginia at the MISS USA Pageant, which will be April 19, 2009, and broadcast live on NBC from the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Brittanni Mills of Huntington earned first runner-up and Christina Gayheart of Huntington earned fourth runner-up.

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