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Burton in pageant’s Top 10;Miss Pontotoc claims crown

Amanda Rose Burton of Brookhaven placed in the top 10contestants in last night’s Mississippi contest in Vicksburg.

Miss Pontotoc Christy May won the title of Miss Mississippi 2000and will represent the state in the Miss America pageant thisfall.

First runner-up was Angela Goodwin, Miss West Central. Secondrunner-up was Melanie Sanders, Miss Magnolia; third runner-up wasBeth Richards, Miss Southern; fourth runner-up was Jennifer Adcock,Miss Hattiesburg. Thirty-eight young women from across the statecompeted for the title.

A graduate student at Mississippi College, Burton, 22, competedas Miss Clinton. She is the daughter of John and Kay Burton ofBrookhaven. Her sisters are Shelly, 27; and Emily, 21.

Burton is a 1996 graduate of Brookhaven High School. While atBHS, she was a member of the Eclipse choir and First EditionForensics Team.

At Mississippi College, Burton completed her undergraduate studyto earn a Bachelor of Science degree in biology/pre-medicine.

She was Lincoln County’s Junior Miss in 1995, Miss MississippiCollege in 1997, and Miss Southern Magnolia in 1998. She holds thetitle of Miss Clinton this year.

Her scholastic honors include cum laude graduate, presidentialscholarship recipient, president’s list, dean’s list, Omicron DeltaKappa, Beta Beta Beta (secretary), Alpha Epsilon Delta andPresidential Academic Achievement Award.

Burton has had work experience as a biology lab assistant, salesassociate and summer camp instructor.

Her career goal is to attend medical school and obtain aresidency in pediatric oncology. She plans to become a pediatriconcologist. Currently, Burton is a nationally certified emergencymedical technician.