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Peterson named Mrs. Tennessee 2009

On June 14, Nikki Loos Peterson, special events coordinator in the APSU Office of Alumni Relations, stood before a crowded auditorium in Bristol with an expression of surprise on her face.

She was dressed elegantly in an evening gown and she watched wide-eyed as a new accessory was added to her outfit – a crown. Peterson had just been named Mrs. Tennessee United States.
On June 14, Nikki Loos Peterson, special events coordinator in the APSU Office of Alumni Relations, stood before a crowded auditorium in Bristol with an expression of surprise on her face.

She was dressed elegantly in an evening gown and she watched wide-eyed as a new accessory was added to her outfit — a crown. Peterson had just been named Mrs. Tennessee United States.

The “r” in that title is what sets this pageant apart from others. Mrs. Tennessee is open only to married women, 21 years of age or older, who currently live with their husbands. On Sunday, Peterson competed against these women from across the state for the honor of representing Tennessee.

“I was so excited because so many of those girls in the pageant were amazing,” she said. “A lot of these girls are mothers. One had four children and she looked absolutely beautiful. To get that title amongst those women, it was amazing.”

Earlier in the year, Peterson was named Mrs. Clarksville United States. She arrived in Bristol last weekend for what turned out to be two days of intense pageantry. Saturday was spent participating in preliminary interviews with the judges. On Sunday, the finalists took part in the beauty pageant, modeling swimsuits and evening gowns and answering the dreaded judges' questions.

Peterson, when asked if she'd rather be blessed with beauty or intelligence, was able to overcome the pressure of the situation and offer a remarkably lucid answer. She told the judges that “all people are blessed with beauty, even though it's not always on the outside,” so she'd rather be blessed with intelligence.

The answer impressed the judges, and next month, she'll get another chance to prove herself. On July 22 and 23, she'll be in Las Vegas, Nev., representing Tennessee in the Mrs. United States Pageant.

“I'm so excited,” she said. “You just kind of take it one step at a time. You're blessed to get that far.”

For more information, contact Peterson at 221-7291 or petersonn@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth