2022 Contestants

AMITE COUNTY: Emme Wallace

Emerson “Emme” Wallace attends Southwest Mississippi Community College, where she is a pitcher for the Lady Bears Fastpitch Softball team. She is a President’s Scholar, member of the Phi Theta Kapa Honor Society, and is active in Southwest’s Baptist Student Union. She plans to continue her education at The University of Southern Mississippi and major in healthcare marketing. She also enjoys going to Lake Dixie Springs to ride jet skis with friends and family.


Mya McLaurin is a recent graduate of Jones College, and she will be attending William Carey University this fall majoring in elementary education. Mya loves children and she loves reading.  She serves as the youth Sunday school teacher at the church she attends. She has also been a volunteer with a summer youth reading program since she was a sophomore in high school. In her free time, Mya also enjoys shopping and learning about history.

BOONEVILLE: Jaycee Drew Janzen

Jaycee Drew Janzen is studying microbiology at Northeast Mississippi Community College, where she is an honors student and a cheerleader for the Tigers. Jaycee was nominated freshman homecoming maid and freshman class favorite. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa national honor society and the Student Government   Association at Northeast. Jaycee also owns a small business named “Dolled up by JDrew”, which she opened in 2021.

BROOKHAVEN: Lindsey Norton

Lindsey Norton recently graduated from Copiah-Lincoln Community College, where she was a cheerleader, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Beta Lambda. She was also on the President’s list as an academic scholar. Lindsey attended the Phi Beta Lambda state leadership competition and won first place in business statistics. In the fall, Lindsey will be attending the Mississippi College School of Nursing with plans to be a pediatric nurse practitioner.


Jacy Waltman is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi, pursuing a degree in marketing and communication strategies through the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. After graduation, Jacy plans to work as a brand manager and communication specialist to maximize the value of companies’ brands and market exposures. Jacy is also a member of Phi Mu Sorority, where she serves  on the Executive Board as Sisterhood Development Chairman.


MaKayla is a junior at Mississippi State University, studying building construction science. Upon graduation from MSU, she plans to attend law school at the University of Mississippi to pursue a career as a construction lawyer. She has been inducted into Sigma Lambda Chi construction  honor society. MaKayla is also a member of the Mississippi Gamma chapter of Pi  Beta Phi fraternity for women, where she serves as Vice President of Operations.

ELLISVILLE: Hannah Beth Spencer

Hannah Beth Spencer is a graduate of South Jones High School, where she played volleyball and was involved in student council, drama club, and beta club. She  was inducted into the 2022 Hall of Fame and was voted “Most Intellectual” by her peers. She graduated with a distinguished academic endorsement. She plans to attend Mississippi College in the fall to major in biological medicine, and later attend medical school to become a cardiovascular surgeon.

FLORA: Julia Garletts

Julia Garletts is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she graduated with a degree in psychology. She was an Alumni Delegate at Mississippi State and held a position as vice president of the psychology club. Julia is currently working as a behavior therapist for children with autism and will be attending physician assistant school in winter 2023. After graduating PA school, Julia plans to pursue a career in women’s health and fertility.

GEORGE COUNTY: Annie Hillman

Annie is double majoring in music education and English. She is dual enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of South Alabama. She is an avid reader and musician and wants to share this with future  Mississippi generations. She has a great love for history that started with listening to war stories from her grandfather who fought in WWII, and a love of nature that thrived in gardening with her grandmother.

GREENE COUNTY: Peyton Rounsaville

Peyton is a rising senior at Mississippi State University. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Mu and has volunteered with the Children’s Miracle Network and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. She’s also worked for five years in Mississippi’s top industry at one of the largest vegetable farms in the state. Upon obtaining her degree in elementary education, Peyton looks forward to molding Mississippi’s future through teaching as a fourth-generation educator.


Emma is studying exercise science at the University of Mississippi where she just finished her freshman year.  Emma plans to  become a physical therapist. She is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Delta Delta Delta sorority, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and has earned a place on the Chancellor’s List. Emma also enjoys reading, running, and working out in her free time.

HERNANDO: Hannah Grace Crain

Hannah Grace Crain will be attending the University of Mississippi in the fall as a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. She plans to major in psychology and minor in intelligence and security studies to pursue a career as a federal agent and investigator. She will also sing with the University of Mississippi choirs, fulfilling a childhood dream of continuing to perform in choirs after high school.

JACKSON: Hailey Grace Warren

Hailey Grace Warren is studying biology and chemistry at Belhaven University with plans to become a physician’s assistant. Hailey plans to attend UMMC in Jackson after graduating. She is a member of the Belhaven softball team and plays centerfield. Hailey is also passionate about her work with OASIS Ministries in downtown Jackson and plans to serve the community later with her degree. She is currently a lab technician in the COVID testing center at  Belhaven University.


Carson Ward is a student at Pearl River Community College, where she is a biology/Pre-Med major. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and the Wildcat Cheer Team. Carson earned President’s List throughout her freshman year and is the 2022 Wildcat Way Award winner. She enjoys working out, going to the beach, cooking, fishing, and meeting new people. Carson plans to work in the medical field as a physician.

JONES COUNTY: Lindsey Andrews

Lindsey Andrews is studying allied health studies on the UMMC nursing track at Ole Miss. She is a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class, National Society of Leadership and Success, Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society, and the Ole Miss Football Video Staff. Lindsey was also accepted into the honors college and the Pre-Nursing Society. Lindsey plans to graduate from the University of Mississippi Medical Center with her Bachelor of Science in nursing and become a labor and delivery registered nurse.


Nealy Gilmore is a junior at the University of Mississippi, where she is obtaining a degree in gerontology with plans to pursue a Doctorate of Optometry. She is a member of Tri Delta sorority and is an Ole Miss Diamond Girl. Nealy is a provost scholar and a recipient of the 1848 scholarship. She is also a School of Applied Sciences ambassador and a member of Gamma Beta Phi.

LAUREL: Natalee Ainsworth

Natalee is a 2021 graduate of West Jones High School and currently attends Jones College, where she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and was recently crowned “Jones College Most Beautiful.” She is pursing a major in business administration. Natalee plans to graduate from Jones College in 2023 with an associate degree in business administration and will further her education at The University of Southern Mississippi to obtain her bachelor’s degree.

LAWRENCE COUNTY: Toni Elizabeth Watson

Elizabeth Watson is a graduate of Lawrence County High School and is currently studying registered nursing at Copiah-Lincoln Community College with plans to travel as a registered nurse after she graduates. She is a member of the Blue Wave Show Band Colorguard, Mu Alpha Theta, and currently holds a 4.0 GPA. Elizabeth graduated from high school with highest honors, ranking number 4 out of 121 students.

LEAKESVILLE: Tiffany Busby

An incoming freshman at the University of Mississippi, Tiffany is a Provost Scholar and a member of the prestigious Pride of the South marching band. She plays trumpet, French horn, and baritone and served as a superior rated drum major in high school. She was awarded the titanium scholarship by the Mississippi Outstanding Teen program for her work with invisible disabilities. Tiffany plans to become a pediatric neurologist and work with children in Mississippi.

LEE COUNTY: Mary Kirk Dillard

Mary Kirk Dillard is studying architecture with an emphasis in historical preservation at Mississippi State University with plans to become a licensed architect and practice in her own firm. She is a member of Delta Gamma sorority, MSU Fashion Board, and Young Women in Architecture and is also an ACCESS Student Peer Mentor. In her free time, Mary Kirk enjoys reading and painting, while also fostering puppies for a local rescue organization.


Aubree Dillon has been accepted to the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. She will begin her pursuit of her doctorate degree this August. She received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences, while playing soccer at Southeastern Louisiana University. Aubree served as President      of the NCAA Advisory Committee and President of Delight Women’s Ministries. She is a recipient of her university’s highest academic honor, earning the highest cumulative grade point average in biological sciences.

MAGEE: Anna Kaitlyn Ashley

Anna Kaitlyn Ashley is studying integrated marketing and communications at the University of Mississippi with plans to work in public relations. At Ole Miss, Anna Kaitlyn is a Lyceum Scholar, a Diamond Girl for the Ole Miss baseball team, and has earned a place on the Chancellor’s List both semesters she has attended. Anna Kaitlyn also owns an online boutique called Also Known As and hopes to open a storefront one day.

MARION COUNTY: Julia Johnson

Julia is a recent graduate of Columbia High School and will attend Jackson State University to major in music education. In high school, Julia participated in Student Council, Wildcat Cheer, SAVE Club, First Priority, CHS Ensemble Choir, Wildcat Ambassadors, and in the Fine Arts Department. Julia currently serves as youth president of Hub Chapel United Methodist Church. She is a state superior rated soloist and enjoys running, singing, and spending time with family.

MENDENHALL: Kenleigh Magee

Kenleigh Magee is a lifelong resident of Mendenhall. She graduated from Harris Christian School and also completed the health science program at the Simpson County Career and Technical Center. She is currently attending Jones College and has been accepted into the Radiologic Technology program this year. At Jones College, she is a member of Bobcat Brigade and  Phi Theta Kappa. After graduating Jones, Kenleigh plans to continue her education and career in the radiology field.

MERIDIAN: Sarah Paige Shirley

Sarah Paige is a graduate of Lamar High School, earning accolades for her student involvement and academic success. Currently, she attends the University of Mississippi’s Trent Lott Leadership Institute pursuing a degree in Public Policy Leadership. Sarah Paige is a current member of the Associated Student Body’s Connect Committee, Tri Delta Sorority, and the Chancellor’s Leadership Class, while continuing her community service involvement. She aspires to work in Washington D.C. and establish a career in Politics.

NATCHEZ: Anna Simmons

Anna Simmons is a graduate of Cathedral Catholic School and will be attending the University of Mississippi in the fall. Anna is majoring in forensic chemistry and plans to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a forensic pathologist. Anna is a Provost scholar at Ole Miss as well as a member of the National Honors Society. She graduated from high school with more than 180 hours of service to her community.


Mary Kate is studying kinesiology with a concentration in neuromechanics at Mississippi State University. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she plans to continue her studies to become a physical therapist. Mary Kate is a member of Phi Mu fraternity, Shackouls Honors College, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, and WISDOM. She will also serve as a peer mentor for the ACCESS program in the fall. She enjoys playing the piano and spending time with family and friends.

NEW ALBANY: Lexie Kent

Lexie Kent is a graduate of New Albany High School and Itawamba Community College. She plans to pursue a degree in radiologic technology with additional certifications in sonography. At ICC, she was elected as sophomore homecoming maid, inducted into Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta Honor Societies, and was a member of the Lady Indians Tennis Team. Lexie enjoys staying active and regularly attending pilates in New Albany.

OXFORD: Zoe Rubenstein

Zoe Rubenstein graduated from Oxford High School, where she was a member of the National Beta Club, National Honor Society, Oxford Junior Auxiliary Crown Club, and the Oxford Chargerette Dance team. Zoe dances competitively with her studio Oxford Elite Dance Company. Zoe plans to attend the University of Mississippi to pursue a degree in allied  health studies to reach her goal of being a pediatric nurse in a family clinic.

PANOLA COUNTY: Kylie Stephens

Kylie Stephens is currently studying Animal and Dairy Sciences at Mississippi State University with plans to become a veterinarian. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, serving the chapter as the First-Year Experience Logistics Coordinator. She is a Dean’s List Student, and a member of Students for St. Jude, Colleges Against Cancer and the Pre-Veterinary Club. Kylie is an active member of the Batesville Presbyterian Church.

PETAL: Cambri Brewer

Cambri Brewer, a senior at The University of Mississippi, is studying social work with plans to aid rescued victims of human trafficking. She is a member of the Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Phi sorority, the Student Social Work  Organization, Student Activities Association, and the All Walks Organization. Cambri has earned a place on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll and is a member of  Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society.

PIKE COUNTY: Katherine Bishop

Katherine Hammill Bishop attends Southwest Mississippi Community College majoring in biochemistry. She plans to attend optometry school. At Southwest, Katherine is captain of the Redline Dance Team and President of Phi Theta Kappa. She is a member of Bear Tracker Recruitment Team and a stage band dancer. Katherine has been a Camp Sunshine special needs counselor and a Miracle League special needs softball buddy. She is an active member of First Baptist Church of Summit.


Emily Warren is a special distinction honors graduate from Pontotoc High School. Following her graduation from KC’s School of Hair Design, she aspires to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a Mississippi business owner with a boutique and salon. Emily is an advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. She is continually working with local school districts to promote mental health resources that will ensure a brighter future for the next generation of Mississippians.

RICHTON: Brookelyn Brewer

Brookelyn Brewer, a graduate of Richton High School, will soon start her first year at Jones College. She previously served as Beta Club treasurer, earned a spot in the top ten of her class, is a Rebel scholar, and was chosen Who’s Who amongst her peers. She received the English and nutrition and wellness awards. Her hobbies include photography, painting, baking, and exercising. At Jones College, she will pursue a degree in pediatric physical therapy.

RIDGELAND: Addison Armstrong

Addison Armstrong will attend the University of Mississippi this fall to pursue a degree in occupational therapy. A Jackson Academy graduate, Addison has served as a junior diplomat and ambassador for the Ridgeland and Madison County Chambers of Commerce and a tutor with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Addison is a life-long equestrian, a member of the Hunter Jumper Association, and serves as Captain of the Serenity Barn Equestrian Team.

SMITH COUNTY: Rachel Shoemaker

Rachel Shoemaker holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from The University of Southern Mississippi and is currently pursuing her Master’s of Business Administration there as well. During her undergraduate years, she served as USM Student Body President, was inducted into the Student Hall of Fame, and was a Who’s Who recipient. Rachel plans to attend law school next year. She is passionate about public service and one day hopes to run for public office.

STARKVILLE: Ellis Ann Jackson

Ellis Ann Jackson is studying biochemistry at Mississippi State University and plans to enter the medical field. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Sorority, where she serves as Director of Scholarship. Ellis is also the President of Jackson Free Clinic Health Ambassadors and serves on MEDLIFE executive board, providing medical care to the underprivileged on mission trips. She is currently an undergraduate researcher for the Cui Research Group.

TUPELO: Ameilia Policicchio

Amelia Policicchio is a current student at the University of Mississippi, where she is studying allied health. She is an active member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Pre-Physician Assistant Society. Post-graduation, she plans to attend Emory University and become a physician assistant. Amelia has received awards for academic excellence through the Dean’s list, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society.


Keaton Boyd is an honors graduate of Union Church Christian Academy in Tylertown. She plans to further her education at Southwest Community College, where she will be studying the art of cosmetology. She currently serves as the Children’s Church Director at her local church. Keaton’s goal in life is to help people look and feel as beautiful as God made them. Keaton is also a first generation beekeeper.

WAYNE COUNTY: Ivana Bishop

Ivana Bishop is a recent graduate of Jones College. There, she was an officer of Phi Theta Kappa, a member of the Honors College, and a member of the Touch of Gold dance team. She received honors and awards such as President’s List, Academic Excellence, and Hall of Fame. Ivana will be attending Mississippi State University in the fall, where she will major in industrial and systems engineering.