Meet the contestants who competed in the 2020 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition. These young ladies will continue to represent tourism and economic development in their communities throughout their reign.
AMORY: Shelby Sweatt
Shelby Sweatt is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor's degree in nutrition. While attending MSU, she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Shelby is a member of Meadowood Baptist Church singing in the choir and teaching kindergarten Sunday school. She is the child nutrition director for the Booneville School District. She loves teaching Mississippi's future the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Shelby plans to obtain a Master's Degree in business administration.
BOONEVILLE: Olivia Jackson
Olivia Jackson is a graduate of Northeast Mississippi Community College where she was a Tiger Dance and Pom Squad member. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa program and student government association. Olivia will be attending The University of Mississippi's School of Education to obtain a degree in secondary English education. She is a color guard technician for the Booneville Blue Devil Band and teaches local children dance, cheer, and color guard.
COVINGTON COUNTY: Laka Till
Laka Till is a 2019 graduate of Seminary Attendance Center. She also just completed the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Program at Pearl River Community College. She plans to attend Jones College and major in nursing. Her passion is to one day be a pediatric nurse at Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. She enjoys many activities, such as hunting and volleyball. Laka is an active member of Rock Hill Baptist Church youth group and loves helping children with music.
ELLISVILLE: Keely Skellion
Keely Skellion is a recent graduate of South Hones High School. She was an active member of theater, tennis, beta club, student council, junior auxiliary, and served as dance captain for showchoir. Keely is a military child, who quickly adapted to new lifestyles and friendships. After attending Trent Lott Leadership Institute, she discovered her love for speaking as well as community involvement. Her college plans are attending Jones College then Ole Miss for Public Relations.
GREENE COUNTY: McKay Lee Bray
Crowned 2020 Mississippi Miss Hospitality
McKay Lee Bray was crowned 2020's Mississippi Miss Hospitality. Bray attends Jones College with plans to obtain a degree in Biological Sciences. She is an officer in the Jones County Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program, a member of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, and is a part of the Jones on Stage and JC Choir. She plans to attend the University of Mississippi to pursue a career in Internal Medicine and has future plans to practice in a rural area in Mississippi.
HATTIESBURG: Callie Farris (Top 10)
Callie Ann Farris, a Hall of Fame graduate of Oak Grove High School, is pursuing a Communication Studies degree at Mississippi State University. A member of Kappa Delta sorority, she has served as Vice President of Operations, Homecoming Chair, and currently serves as Sisterhood Chair. While earning her way onto the President’s list, Callie has served on the Maroon VIP Outreach Committee and Tour Service, while immersing herself in MSU’s culture through continued volunteer work.
JACKSON: Jennifer Gray
This presidential scholar holds a B.S. and M.S. Degree from Mississippi College in Education and Curriculum and Instruction. Currently, she is pursuing an Instructional Leadership Ed. S. at William Carey University. Jennifer serves as a choreographer at her church and volunteers at UMMC’s Batson Children’s Hospital and the Mississippi Sickle Cell Camp. Jennifer is a mathematics & dance teacher in the Madison County School District. She is the daughter of Dwight & Terri Gray.
JACKSON COUNTY: Cailin Sims (Top 10)
Cailin Sims is double majoring in Mathematics and Philosophy at Mississippi State University and has studied in Budapest and Munich. As a Sonny Montgomery Presidential Endowed Scholar, she was named Most Outstanding Junior and will be President of Shackouls Honors College Ambassadors next year. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she offered free online tutoring to elementary and middle school students. After graduation, Cailin hopes to attend Stanford Law School, and then return home to serve Mississippi.
JASPER COUNTY: Rondaisha Henry (Top 10)
Rondaisha Henry is a Mississippi Scholar, Hall of Fame, Highest Honors graduate, and the 2019’s Miss BSHS of Bay Springs High School. She enjoys leading her church in praise and worship where she also serves as a church secretary. She currently attends Jones College where she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Jones Concert Choir. She plans to obtain her ADN from Jones College, and further her studies at William Carey University where she will obtain her BSN.
JONES COUNTY: Natalie Welch
Natalie Welch attends the University of Southern Mississippi as an elementary education major and a member of Chi Omega sorority. She became a member of Phi Theta Kappa at Jones College and maintained the honor of President's list during her time at Southern Miss. Natalie plans to pursue a Masters degree while teaching. She enjoys serving at her church as a Sunday school teacher to first and second graders and a chaperone for youth events.
LAMAR COUNTY: Kaylee Fortenberry
Kaylee Fortenberry is an honors graduate of Sumrall High School. She was involved in FFA, FCA, Beta Club, National Honors Society, Mississippi Scholars, Sumrall Student Ambassadors, FFA Vice President, and also served as class Secretary. While at Sumrall, Kaylee was an all A and B honors student, 10th grade homecoming maid, SHS Most Beautiful, won several FFA public speaking awards, and was a member of the golf team. Kaylee plans to attend Pearl River Community College.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Maurin Dooley
Maurin Dooley is a sophomore at East Central Community College and will transfer to Mississippi State University to complete her degree in Business and Building Construction Science. Her goal is to establish her own home renovation business. Maurin is a two-year member of the Warrior cheer team and a Dean's Academic Scholarship recipient. Her volunteer work includes participating in Love Out Loud, feeding the homeless and a volunteer children's teacher at Vacation Bible School.
LAUREL: Reagan Todd (Top 10)
Reagan is a 2020 graduate of Jones College where she was a member of Bobcat Brigade, Concert Choir, and the Charles Pickering Honors Institute. She was also Bruiser the Bobcat, the Jones College mascot. Reagan has diligently volunteered with Glory House Ministries. Most recently, Reagan gave over 350 hours of service helping families effected by Covid-19 and the Spring tornadoes. Reagan is thrilled to be attending the University of Southern Mississippi majoring in Spanish Licensure.
LAWRENCE COUNTY: Karlie Jordan
Karlie Jordan is a recent graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. While at Co-Line, Karlie was a singer for the Sojourners Rock Band, featured vocalist for the halftime show, President of the Blue Wave Show Band, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Karlie used her downtown this spring to start Cookies for the Community; a program meant to recognize essential workers. Karlie will attend USM in the fall to complete a degree in Business Marketing.
LEAKESVILLE: Gabrielle Taylor
Gabrielle Taylor is an honors graduate of Greene County High School. She is an active member of Freedom Outreach Ministries and also volunteers at the Lighthouse Family Resource Center. Gabrielle is currently attending Jones College, where she is a member of Jones Concert Choir as she pursues a degree in radiology.
LEE COUNTY: Sydni Rinehart
Sydni Rinehart is currently enrolled at Northeast Mississippi Community College where she is majoring in Psychology. After she graduates from Northeast with an Associate’s degree, Sydni plans to attain her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Mississippi State University. She hopes to one day work with special needs children. Sydni has three siblings with special needs, and currently babysits a child that has special needs. She has a big heart for the special need’s community.
LINCOLN COUNTY: Aly Floyd (Top 10)
Anna Alysa "Aly" Floyd, daughter of John and Tina Floyd, is representing Lincoln County! She will be a sophomore at the Mississippi University for Women this fall, majoring in nursing. Aly enjoys to read, especially love stories! Her two favorite hobbies are photography and playing with her niece and nephews. She also loves to hunt and fish! Aly is a member of the Wesley Foundation Ministry Team and serves as the outreach coordinator on her college campus.
MAGEE: Chloe White
Chloe White is a 2020 graduate of Copiah Lincoln Community College. Chloe was the vice president of Phi Theta Kappa, vice president of the Trail Blazers, president of the Student Government Association, member of the Archery Team, and inducted into the Hall of Fame. Her plans are to attend the University of Southern Mississippi this Fall to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing.
MARION COUNTY: Kaitlyn Bradford
Kaitlyn Bradford attends Southwest Mississippi Community College and plans to pursue a Social Work degree. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Tri Beta, Bear Trackers, the Baptist Student Union, and the cheer squad. Kaitlyn is an annual volunteer for the Hugh O’brian Youth Leadership Seminar and an active volunteer for Experience Columbia. She attends Grace Chapel where she teaches 2nd-4th grade girls and is active in BSU missions and campus outreach.
MENDENHALL: Kadin Adcox
Kadin Adcox is a recent graduate of Pearl River Community College where she was a member of the Wildcat cheerleading team, Phi Theta Kappa, FCA, and served as a Diamond Girl. In the fall, Kadin plans to pursue a Marketing degree at Mississippi State University where she will also hold a position on the MSU cheerleading team. Kadin hopes to bring business opportunities back to her hometown when she completes every aspect of education available.
MERIDIAN: Tabitha Leager
Tabitha Leager will be a freshman at the University of Southern Mississippi studying nursing in the fall. Her career goal is to be an emergency room nurse. She's a state champion and national finalist cheerleader through the Universal Cheer Association. Her academic achievements include National Society of High School Scholars and Superintendent's List honoree. As part of the Debs Social Service Club she has achieved more than 100 Hours of community service.
NESHOBA COUNTY: Landry Payne
Landry Payne is a graduate of East Mississippi Community College, where she was a cheerleader and student ambassador. Landry was Neshoba County's Distinguished Young Woman in 2018 and received the Overall Fitness award at the state program. She was Jones County's representative at Miss Mississippi in 2019. She is also an active volunteer in her community. She plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi to pursue a degree in Healthcare Administration.
NEW ALBANY: Ivy Jordan (Top 10)
Ivy Jordan is a native of New Albany, Mississippi, and she is junior at Blue Mountain College. Ivy is majoring in Elementary Education, and she plans to use her love for all children to inspire them to reach their full potential. Ivy is actively involved in her church where she volunteers with both youth and special needs ministries. She also enjoys the art of Kung Fu, retail therapy and spending time with her family.
PANOLA COUNTY: Andrea Berryhill (Top 10)
Andrea Berryhill is a sophomore at Mississippi State University, studying Elementary Education. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority and has been on the Dean's List all semesters she has attended at Mississippi State University. She aspires to teach first-grade students in Mississippi, encouraging them to follow their dreams within the state. Andrea is an active member of the Batesville Church of Christ and enjoys volunteering throughout her community.
PEARL RIVER COUNTY: Mackenzie Pharr
Mackenzie Pharr is the daughter of Greta and Charles Pharr. Makenzie grew up in Picayune with two siblings. From a young age she had a love for nature and animals. However, Mackenzie thrived in the classroom. She loved to learn, and she was always willing to help others. When Mackenzie became involved in pageants at thirteen, the community involvement sparked her interest. Mackenzie recently graduated high school with honors and as salutatorian.
PERRY COUNTY: Elisabeth Walters
Elisabeth Walters was born and raised in Janice, Mississippi, the community she's still proud to call my home today. Growing up, Elisabeth enjoyed things such as dance classes at various local studios, cheering on the sidelines, studying, reading, and giving back to her community every chance she gets. Miss Hospitality is her first pageant, and she's so thankful she gets to be a part of it because it gives her the opportunity to highlight her county that she loves so very much.
PETAL: Hailey Draughn
Hailey Draughn, a junior at The University of Southern Mississippi, is studying Biology and Chemistry with plans to become a physician. She is a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity, serving as the liaison for Circle of Sisterhood. As a LuckyDay Scholar, Hailey has earned a position on the executive advisory board as treasurer. She enjoys spending her time volunteering for the Mississippi Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Program as a puppy trainer and donating eyeglasses to the visually impaired community.
PIKE COUNTY: Ramsey Sanders (Top 10)
Ramsey Lea Sanders attends Southwest Mississippi Community College majoring in journalism. At Southwest, she is captain of the Redline dance team and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Ramsey is a stage band singer, dancer, and student director. Ramsey has also been a Camp Sunshine special needs camp counselor and a Miracle League special needs softball league buddy. She is an active member of First Baptist Church of Summit where she sings in the choir.
PONTOTOC COUNTY: Kassidy Young (Top 10)
Kassidy Young is a 2020 graduate of Itawamba Community College where she was a Student Recruiter with the ICC Indian Delegation, member of the lndianette Dance Line and PhiTheta Kappa Honor Society. She will pursue her degree in Neuromechanics at Mississippi State University this fall with plans of applying to physical therapy school. Partnering with the Pontotoc Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Association, Kassidy created and promoted Pontotoc in a series of commercials.
RIDGELAND: Caroline McIntyre
Caroline McIntyre is a sophomore Psychology major at Mississippi State where she received the Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship and is a President's list scholar. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority and volunteers for community organizations and her church including being a friend to the Sally-Kate Winter's Home Youth Shelter. A passion for Caroline is her mission trip work to Peru. Caroline's future plans include establishing a private practice in marriage and family counseling.
SMITH COUNTY: Annaleigh Ragsdale
Annaleigh Ragsdale is an Honors and MS Scholars graduate of Mize Attendance Center. She participated in cheer, color guard, basketball, track, archery, Beta Club, Student Council, FCA and DYW. Annaleigh will begin her study of pre-veterinary medicine at Jones College in the fall, where she will be a member of the Maroon Typhoon Color Guard and JC Voices. She is also an active member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.
STARKVILLE: Kate Mattox
Kate Mattox is a Starkville High School highest honors graduate with a passion for travel and competitive sports. She was chosen as Mississippi's Gatorade Runner of the Year 4 consecutive years. In 2016, she signed with The University of Southern Mississippi and was chosen The University's Female Athlete of the Year. Kate is an active member of Venture Church and their leadership team. She will graduate this year in Business Administration with an emphasis Marketing.
TUPELO: Brianna Posey
Brianna Posey is a graduate of Accelerated Dental Academy with plans of becoming a full-time dental assistant. She was recently hired as a part-time dental assistant. She is also the assistant manager at Barnes Crossing Nutrition in Tupelo. In addition to these, she is also an independent beauty guide for Limelife by Alcone make-up.
WASHINGTON COUNTY: Grace Redwine
Grayce Redwine is a graduate of Washington School where she was Captain of the Drill Team and a UDA All American. She was crowned 2017 Miss Hot Tamale and has won two Art Awards in the Student Division of the Delta Hot Tamale Contest. Grayce will attend Delta State University in the Fall. She will major in Occupational Therapy and will then attend the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
WAYNE COUNTY: Kaylee Davis
Kaylee Davis is a graduate of Jones County Junior College. She is currently majoring in Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University with plans of becoming a zoologist. Kaylee bakes cakes out of her home and has made a living from it. She enjoys adventuring with her friends and enjoying the outdoors in her free time. With the honor of being Wayne County's Miss Hospitality, Kaylee has used her platform to serve her community and help others.
WEST POINTE: Anna Grace Reed
Anna Grace Reed recently graduated from Oak Hill Academy as Valedictorian. At Oak Hill, she was a member of the Anchor club and National Honor Society. She was selected by her coaches to receive The Raiderette award, the highest honor for student-athletes. She also received The Outstanding Girl Award chosen by the teachers and staff. She will attend Mississippi State University in the fall and pursue a degree in Biological science and Pre-optometry.