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Who is Miss University 2017?

The 68th Annual Miss University Scholarship Pageant is held at the Ford Center. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications

The 68th Annual Miss University Scholarship Pageant is held at the Ford Center. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications

Leah Gibson is the daughter of Kelvin and Tamara Gibson of Starkville, Mississippi. She has an older sister, Amber, and a younger brother, Kelvin Bryce. She is a 2013 honors graduate of Starkville High School.  Leah is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in English. She is a Chancellor’s and Dean’s Honor Roll Scholar, member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society for Freshmen. She has been involved in various organizations on campus including the Associated Student Body Freshman Council, Ole Miss Global Ambassadors, Associated Student Body’s Attorney General Cabinet (Elections Commissioner), and Luckyday Residential College Ambassador. She is a McLean Institute Innovation Scholar, a member of The UM Columns Society, and a member of the Black Student Union where she serves as Special Events Chair. She is the 2014 Miss Black and Gold of the Nu Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a member of the Theta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Leah has worked as an Orientation Leader, Summer Academy Camp Counselor, LRC Community Assistant, disc jockey for Rebel Radio, an anchor, field and correspondent for Newswatch, a feature writer for the Meek School of Journalism Alumni Magazine, weekend travel reporter, and is currently the Station Manager for WUMS-FM 92.1 Rebel Radio. Leah studied abroad in Ethiopia as a member of the Meek School of Journalism team, conducts journalism workshops for the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association Conference and is a certified member of the S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Speakers Bureau. This past summer 2016 she interned at Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson, MS.

Always striving to give back to her community, Leah has coordinated jean drives for homeless teens, organized highway safety fairs for the community, volunteers as an Upward Basketball Cheerleading Coach, participates in various campus community service events and founded the G.L.A.M. Squad, a mentoring program for middle school girls to give them the tools to feel empowered.

Leah was involved in the Miss America Organization as a teen, advancing to the Top 10 in the Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen 2012 Pageant. Now, as a young adult she fully embodies the four points of the Miss America crown: service, scholarship, style and success. She was crowned Miss Meridian 2016 and worked to promote her platform, iCHOOSE-Highway Safety Awareness. She competed for the title of Miss Mississippi 2016 and placed in the Top 15 (13th out of 44). She was a Quality of Life Finalist for her platform work and received the Lynda Lee Mead Scholarship, Non-Finalist Scholarship, Non-Finalist Talent Award and the Alpha Talent Award.

Miss University 2017, Leah Gibson, will represent The University of Mississippi at the 60th Anniversary of Miss Mississippi in June of 2017. During her year of service, Leah will continue to promote her re-branded platform, Drive Smart, raising awareness for highway safety.