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Asya Branch

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Branch was originally born in Michigan. Her family relocated to Booneville, Mississippi in 2003 where she spent her childhood.

She graduated from high school and started attending the University of Mississippi. She is studying Broadcast Journalism. After acquiring her Bachelor’s degree, she wants to pursue a Juris Doctorate of Law. While attending the University, Branch has been the recipient of Academic Excel Scholarship and named a Mississippi Scholar Honor Graduate.

Branch’s childhood was not easy. Her father has been incarcerated for the last 10 years, over half her life. Her own struggles inspired her platform, Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents.

Branch originally wanted to compete in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. However, she found out she missed the deadline by a slight margin. Instead, she entered into the Miss circuit in 2016 and won her a local title, Miss Historic Crossroads, after placing in her first local.

Branch went onto to compete at the 2016 Miss Mississippi Pageant. While she fell shy of making the Top 10, she did win a Preliminary Swimsuit Award.

She came back for her second try at the title in 2017. She won the local title of Miss All-American City 2017. Branch went to place as fourth runner-up at Miss Mississippi 2017.

In 2018, Branch decided to take a third shot at her dream title of Miss Mississippi. Competing as Miss Tupelo 2018, Branch won her second Preliminary Swimsuit Award as well as the Mississippi Chiropractic Association Posture Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to the Overall Winner in Preliminary Swimsuit Competition. She also won the Overall Evening Gown Award presented by the Miss Mississippi Crown Society.

Branch’s dream came true when she was crowned Miss Mississippi 2018 on June 23rd, 2018 at Vicksburg Convention Center located in Vicksburg, Mississippi. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2019 on September 9th, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Talent

Vocal - "One Moment in Time" by Whitney Houston

Pageant Platform

Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents

Which School Did Asya Branch Attend?

University of Mississippi – Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism

FUN FACTS about Asya Branch

She won a $10,000 scholarship with the title of Miss Mississippi 2018. Her blended family consists of 10 siblings. She has a Chihuahua named Jonas. She is the first black Miss Mississippi USA!

In the Media

Asya Branch, Miss Tupelo, crowned Miss Mississippi

8 August 2018 https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2018/06/23/asya-branch-crowned-miss-mississippi/728582002/

Miss Mississippi 2018 says her incarcerated father is her biggest supporter

8 August 2018 https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2018/06/24/miss-mississippi-2018-asya-branch-children-incarcerated-parents/727505002/

Miss Mississippi Asya Branch prepares for Miss America Pageant

8 August 2018 http://www.wlbt.com/story/38506737/miss-mississippi-asya-branch-prepares-for-miss-america-pageant

Miss Tupelo Asya Branch crowned Miss Mississippi 2018

8 August 2018 http://www.wlox.com/story/38493902/miss-tupelo-asya-branch-crowned-miss-mississippi-2018

Miss Tupelo Asya Branch crowned 2018 Miss Mississippi

8 August 2018 https://www.vicksburgpost.com/2018/06/23/miss-tupelo-asya-branch-crowned-2018-miss-mississippi/

Miss Mississippi contestants rack up more than $127,000 in scholarship funds

8 August 2018 https://www.vicksburgpost.com/2018/06/24/miss-mississippi-contestants-rack-up-more-than-127000-in-scholarship-funds/
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