Miss New Mexico readies for trip to Atlantic City: Jessica Burson to compete in Miss America Pageant

July 6, 2014 • Local News

Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson, of Roswell, signs autographs and visits with young fans on Saturday at the UFO Festival on Main Street. Burson served as grand marshal of the UFO Festival Parade. (Randal Seyler Photo)


Jessica Burson says she is on a journey — and right now, that journey is taking her to Atlantic City.

Burson, who won the Miss New Mexico Pageant on June 28 in Ruidoso, was back home in Roswell for the UFO Festival, where she was serving as grand marshal for the UFO Festival Parade.

Her journey started as Miss Roswell in February, and now as Miss New Mexico, Burson is going to be one of 50 young women vying for the title of Miss America in September in New Jersey.

“I would like to thank God for allowing me to have this incredible opportunity,” Burson said Wednesday. “I also want to thank the community of Roswell, the support and love I have felt have been awesome.”

Burson, 20, is the daughter of Cody and Cheri Burson and she is a native of Roswell. She graduated from Goddard High School in 2012, where she was active in FFA and was a cheerleader.

Burson said her brother Cole is her biggest cheerleader. “He is just wonderful, he is always right there for me.”

She was selected to be Miss Roswell in February, but there was no pageant. The Miss New Mexico Pageant was her first experience in a pageant, and she said there wasn’t a lot of difference between being in a pageant and her previous area of expertise — showing livestock.

“Well, it was a little different,” she said, laughing. “But it Login to read more

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