Meet the contestants who competed in the 2019 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition. These young ladies will continue to represent tourism and economic development in their communities throughout their reign.
AMORY: Kasey Pearson, Crowned Mississippi Miss Hospitality 2019
Kasey Pearson is a senior at the University of Mississippi, where she is involved in the Early Entry Pharmacy program, Kappa Delta, and the Student Activities Association. This fall she will begin her first year of pharmacy school. Upon graduating with her Doctorate of Pharmacy, she hopes to obtain a residency in pediatric medicine.
BILOXI: Reagan Norwood
Reagan Norwood is an outgoing entrepreneur and a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi pursuing Speech Pathology. Her passions are traveling and empowering women, which she discovered through building her own cosmetic business. Although Reagan represents Biloxi, she has called multiple cities throughout MS “home”. She is truly a Mississippi girl!
BOONEVILLE: Abbie Rose Gamble
Abbie Rose Gamble is a recent graduate of Northeast Mississippi Community College, where she was an Honor Society Officer and Dance Team Captain. She will attend Mississippi State University in the fall as a Psychology major. In the future, Abbie will use her degree to counsel veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
COLUMBIA: Asia Montgomery
Asia Montgomery is a native of Columbia, MS. She is a senior at The University of Southern Mississippi majoring in Public Relations. At Southern Miss, Asia is a Luckyday Scholar, Deans List student, Eagle Connection ambassador, three year SGA member and the President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
COVINGTON COUNTY: Larsen Sanford
Larsen Brooke Sanford is currently pursuing a degree in psychology and music therapy at Jones College, and plans to further her education at Mississippi State University to better serve others. She enjoys singing, playing the piano, collecting musical piano/vocal books, and being involved in her church.
DESOTO COUNTY: Lexie Cobbs
Alexis Cobbs is an honor graduate of Desoto Central High School, where she was part of the Hall of Fame. She also served as Captain of the Debate & Knowledge Bowl Teams. Alexis is president of the Cultural Enthusiast Organization and hopes to study policy analysis at the University of Richmond.
ELLISVILLE: Jessie Tisdale
Jessie Tisdale was voted South Jones Class of 2019’s Most Intellectual and earned class Historian for her studies. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano and exploring nature. Because of her passion for wildlife, Jessie plans to attend Mississippi State University to study agriculture and environmental conservation in the future.
GEORGE COUNTY: Felicity Slater
Felicity Slater is a Biochemistry major at The University of Southern Mississippi, where she also is a Resident Assistant and serves as the Judicial Board Secretary in the Student Government Association. Felicity’s hobbies are running, singing, babysitting children, and researching cancer. She plans to attend medical school after she graduates to pursue a career in Pediatric Oncology. One day, she would like to open her own practice and help children with cancer in Mississippi.
GREENE COUNTY: Charlsie Hicks
Charlsie Hicks is a senior Biochemistry major at Mississippi State University, where she is a supplemental instruction leader and a member of Delta Delta Delta. She enjoys volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center and at vet clinics. Her future plans are to complete Vet school and open a clinic in Greene County.
HATTIESBURG: Ariana Craft
Ariana Craft is a recent graduate of Oak Grove High School. She is attending The University of Southern Mississippi in the fall where she plans to major in biochemistry with hopes of becoming a psychiatrist. Ariana has been a very involved student at Oak Grove and intends to remain active in the arts as well as Greek life at USM.
JACKSON: Kanajah Brown
Kanajah Brown is an alumni of Pearl High School, where she was a member of the Mississippi Scholars Program. Presently, she attends Hinds Community College and aspires to obtain her Associate Arts Science in May 2020. She will continue her education at Southern Miss in Radiology.
JACKSON COUNTY: Morgan Rich
Morgan Rich is a communications major at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where she is an active member of the Reflections Team, Phi Theta Kappa, Honors College, and Executive President of Student Government Association. Morgan ultimately hopes to give back to her community as a Public Relations Specialist.
JEFFERSON COUNTY: TyTe'Anna Shandrell Cameron
TyTe'Anna Cameron is a sophomore at The University of Southern Mississippi majoring in Social Work. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. After losing her baby sister to a tragic accident, it motivated her to achieve her goals of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. TyTe’Anna plans to open her own practice to help families through the grieving process.
JONES COUNTY: Kathryn Jordan
Kathryn Jordan is a Senior Marketing major at The University of Southern Mississippi, where she is a Luckyday Scholar, on the President’s List, and a member of Chi Omega Sorority and Beta Gamma Sigma. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in sales with The Hershey Company.
LAMAR COUNTY: Blakeley Baudoin
Blakeley Baudoin is a special honors graduate of Sumrall High School. She was involved in Junior Auxillary’s Crown Club, Abbie Roger’s Civitan Camp, Spirit Girls, National Honors Society, Mississippi Scholars, and class Vice President. She will be attending Mississippi State University this Fall to major in Biomedical Engineering with a pre-medicine emphasis.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Anna Grace Banks
Anna Grace Banks is a sophomore at Meridian Community College, where she majors in Secondary Education. In 2017, Anna Grace was named the State Games of Mississippi Female Volunteer of the Year. She is also currently serving as a Phi Theta Kappa Officer for the Nu Upsilon chapter. After graduation, Anna Grace will be a 3rd generation teacher in her family.
LAUREL: Marcie Napier
A Laurel native, Marcie is a recent graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Marcie’s hobbies include: running, playing tennis, attending concerts, and volunteering in her community. Marcie looks forward to joining the workforce and beginning her career in Marketing, before applying for grad school to receive her MBA.
LAWRENCE COUNTY: Shayna Tullis
Shayna Tullis is a 2018 graduate of Lawrence County High School. In high school, Shayna was involved in several organizations. She, now, attends Southwest Mississippi Community College, where she majors in Dental Hygiene. Shayna spends her free time with her family and volunteering in many events at her church.
LEAKESVILLE: Dariyel Johnson
Dariyel is a student at Jones College and is majoring in marketing. Dariyel has spoken to crowds of over 10,000 and sang to opera legend Leontyne Price. Her hobbies include public speaking, singing, and acting! Dariyel plans to be involved in Mississippi’s entertainment industry in either marketing, production, performing, or all three!!
LINCOLN COUNTY: Allie Claire Townsend
Allie Claire Townsend will be a sophomore at Copiah Lincoln Community College this fall, where she majors in Elementary Education. Allie Claire enjoys jet-skiing, reading, and performing as co-captain in the Blue Wave Marching Band color guard. She looks forward to continuing her education at Mississippi College after graduation.
LOUIN: Lauran Page
Lauran Page graduated as the Bay Springs High School 2019 Valedictorian. She plans to attend Jones College to major in nursing. Born to lead, she served as president of her class since freshman year and attended the 2018 session of Mississippi governor’s school. Lauran’s volunteerism is vast and impeccable, and includes Salvation Army and West Jasper Soccer League.
LOWNDES: Carly Belue
Carly Belue is a graduate of Itawamba Community College and currently a student at Mississippi University for Women, majoring in Elementary Education. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, and doing hair and makeup. Carly loves to travel and has traveled to 14 states and two countries, but the Mississippi Gulf Coast is still her favorite place to visit.
MAGEE: Ashlyn Johnston
Ashlyn Johnston graduated with highest honors from The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology & Audiology. She was inducted into several honor societies and served as Vice President of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association. In the Fall, she will attend graduate school to obtain her Doctor of Audiology degree so she can help provide a better quality of life to individuals who are hard of hearing.
MENDENHALL: McKenzi Powell
McKenzi Powell is a senior nursing student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She recently received the UMMC Hearing Scholarship for academic excellence. McKenzi is a certified Community Health Advocate, a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House Charities, and enjoys being a Neonatal ICU extern. She aspires to serve Mississippians as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.
MERIDIAN: Annabella Sills
Annabella Sills is a senior at the University of Mississippi studying marketing. She has attended academic summer programs at King’s College in London and Harvard Business School. Annabella is a recipient of the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award. She plans to enter the nonprofit sector to work with education reform.
NATCHEZ: Kaitlyn Danielle Green
Kaitlyn Green is a native of Natchez, Mississippi and the 2019 Valedictorian of Natchez High School. Kaitlyn plans to attend the University of Alabama majoring in Biomedical Science to become an anesthesiologist. Kaitlyn is an active member of the Natchez High School cheerleading team and Natchez High School softball team..
NESHOBA COUNTY: Anna Maria Spears
Anna Maria Spears will begin her senior year at the University of Mississippi in the fall, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. Upon graduating, she plans to attend The University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she aspires to be a neurosurgeon.
OXFORD: Lakyn Gibson
Lakyn Gibson is a native of Oxford. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where she earned her degree in Criminal Justice. She is currently an intern for the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department. After graduate school this fall, she plans to employ at the sheriff’s department.
PANOLA COUNTY: Ginger Stephens
Ginger Stephens is the daughter of Derek Stephens and Cindy Stephens from Batesville, Mississippi. She is currently a senior at the University of Mississippi majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications and Public Relations. Ginger is actively involved in Kappa Delta Sorority and a member of Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society.
PEARL RIVER COUNTY: Sadie Hubbard
Sadie is the recent graduate of Poplarville High School where she was a member of student council, served as President of Distributive Education Clubs of America and the National Technical Honor Society. Sadie will be attending The University of Southern Mississippi to pursue a degree in nursing.
PERRY COUNTY: Mallori Johnna Dykes
Mallori is a graduate of Pearl River Community College where she obtained a certification in Dental Assisting. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the National Technical Honor Society, and plans to further her degree in education or pharmacy. Mallori’s biggest passion is spreading joy to others through her love for singing.
PETAL: Annaleigh Buckley
Representing Petal, Annaleigh Buckley attends the University of Mississippi and is majoring in Exercise Science. A member of Kappa Delta sorority, Annaleigh also dances with the Rebelettes and was awarded Veteran of the Year. When Annaleigh isn’t cheering for Ole Miss, she enjoys watching her dad and brother coach college football.
PIKE COUNTY: Gina Van Norman
Gina Van Norman is a recent graduate of Jubilee Performing Arts Conservatory, where she was Salutatorian of her graduating class, Student Body President and Secretary of Young Women of Excellence. Gina will attend Southwest Mississippi Community College in the fall to major in business and marketing.
PONTOTOC COUNTY: Georgia Akers
Georgia Akers is currently a Sophomore at Itawamba Community College studying English Education. A true educator, she can be found showcasing Mississippi with her online Mississippi travel blog, “Hospitality in Mississippi,” where she inspires Mississippians to learn all about the beautiful Magnolia State.
RIDGELAND: Whitney Jackson
Whitney Jackson is a graduate of Madison Central High School and Hinds Community College, and currently attends The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Whitney’s major is Entrepreneurship. She has a heart of compassion, and enjoys seeing the world through the lens of a camera.
SMITH COUNTY: Caitlin West
Caitlin West is a Mississippi Scholar, Hall of Fame, and highest honors graduate of Taylorsville High School. She is currently a student at Jones College, where she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She plans to attend William Carey University to pursue a master’s degree in Elementary Education.
STARKVILLE: Lake Little
Elizabeth “Lake” Little has her private pilot’s license, and her dream is to fly for FedEx. Lake is majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology at The University of Southern Mississippi, and hopes to one day open her own speech pathology clinic to help children and the elderly while maintaining an aviation career. Lake founded “Reading Matters,” an organization that impacts hundreds of children’s lives in the state of Mississippi.
STONE COUNTY: Natalie Breland
Natalie Breland studied at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where she was a Perkettes Dance Team Captain, 2017 Freshman Football Maid, “Miss” Perkinston Campus, Hall of Fame Student, and a Member of Phi Theta Kappa and Student Government Association. She will attend The University of Southern Mississippi in the fall to pursue a double major in Theatre and Communications.
TUPELO: Avery-Claire Littleton
Avery-Claire Littleton attends Mississippi State University where she studies biomedical engineering with aspirations of becoming a medical missionary. Avery-Claire is actively involved in Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Shackouls Honors College, Dance Marathon, and Delta Gamma Sorority and has continually been on the President’s List with a 4.0 gpa.
VANCLEAVE: Maggie Pearce
Maggie Pearce is an honors graduate of Vancleave High School. She will be attending William Carey University in the fall with a scholarship to play golf for the Lady Crusaders. After college, Maggie wishes to attend veterinary school to achieve her certification allowing her to fulfill her dream to become a veterinarian.
VICKSBURG: Madalyn Burke
Madalyn Burke, a graduate of St. Aloysius High School, served as Student Government President, Mock Trial Team Attorney, Varsity Dance Team Co-Captain, and HOBY Delegate. An avid reader and dancer, she also enjoys volunteering and is the founder of Feeding our Community. Madalyn will attend Millsaps College this fall.
WALTHALL COUNTY: Mally Tagert
Mally Tagert is a Sophomore Elementary Education major at The University of Southern Mississippi, where she is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. After graduation, she plans to begin her career as an elementary teacher.
WASHINGTON COUNTY: Brianna Buggs
Brianna Buggs attends Rust College and majors in Biology. While at Rust College, she is in The World-Renowned A’Capella Choir and a dancer for the band Perfect Storm. A recent graduate of O’Bannon High School, Brianna was Valedictorian, Class President, and co-captain of the Varsity cheer squad. She aspires to leave her mark and change the world.
WAYNE COUNTY: Layne Boykin
Layne Boykin is a Biochemistry major at Jones College, where she’s a member of the honors institute, Bobcat Brigade, concert choir, and Phi Theta Kappa’s 2019-2020 officer team. She plans to become a Mississippi rural physician in hopes of giving back to the place that has given her endless opportunities.