Meet the contestants who will compete in the 2021 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition. These young ladies will continue to represent tourism and economic development in their communities throughout their reign.
AMITE COUNTY: BrookLynn Bateman
BrookLynn Bateman is a graduate of Amite School Center. She will attend Southwest Mississippi Junior College in the fall and transfer to Mississippi State University to pursue a degree in kinesiology. Upon graduation from State, she plans to attend the University Mississippi Medical Center and obtain a doctorate in occupational therapy.
BAY SPRINGS: DaLakin Crawford
DaLakin Crawford is a Broadcast Journalism major and English minor at Ole Miss. She aspires to become a news reporter on Good Morning America or a sports reporter on ESPN. DaLakin has earned a place on the Dean’s List, National Society of Leadership and Success, and is a writer for Oxford Stories and The Daily Mississippian.
BOONEVILLE: Olivia Jackson
Olivia Jackson is currently studying for her bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing at Southern New Hampshire University. Pursuing her passion for marketing and retail, Olivia recently purchased her own business and continues to encourage young entrepreneurs in her community.
BROOKHAVEN: Abby Smith
Abby Smith is studying design at The University of Southern Mississippi. She is the daughter of a third-generation farmer and is proud to represent Mississippi's number one industry, agriculture. Abby's favorite pastime is sewing. She is an entrepreneur at heart, forming her first business at the age of 11.
COVINGTON COUNTY: Laka Till
Laka Till is a 2019 graduate of Seminary Attendance Center. She currently attends Jones College and will begin the nursing program in August 2021. Laka plans to be a travel nurse and specialize in pediatrics. Laka is an active member of Rock Hill Baptist Church youth group and choir.
ELLISVILLE: Keely Skellion
Keely Skellion is an incoming sophomore at Jones College, majoring in public relations in sports media. Her activities on campus include Bobcat Brigade, SGA, photography and Jones on Stage. Keely will further her education at Ole Miss. She is a two-time recipient of the Trent Lott Leadership award and enjoys singing, dancing, and playing tennis.
GREENE COUNTY: Dasani Hill
Dasani Hill is a graduate of Greene County High School. She will be attending Jones College in the fall majoring in Radiologic Medical Technology. After Jones, Dasani plans to attend Ole Miss to become a radiologist. She is proud to serve as an ambassador for Faith Foundation and Greene County.
HATTIESBURG: Jane Granberry
Jane Granberry is studying integrated marketing communications and history at the University of Mississippi and plans to work in health communication. She is a member of the Rebellettes Dance Team, Ole Miss Ambassadors, and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Jane is also in the honors college and Lambda Sigma Honors Society.
JACKSON: MaKayla Dillard
MaKayla Dillard is studying political science at Hinds Community College. She plans to attend the University of Mississippi School of Law to become a United States Senator. Makayla graduated from the Advanced Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama, volunteers at the Jackson Welcome Center and the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson.
JACKSON COUNTY: Chloe Kirby
Chloe Kirby is currently a junior at Ole Miss, pursuing a degree in biological sciences with a minor in manufacturing in hopes of becoming a STEM college professor. Chloe is a Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence Scholar, a Lucky Day Scholar, and a member of Tri Delta sorority.
JONES COUNTY: Rivers Johnson
Rivers Johnson is a 2021 graduate of Jones College. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Rivers plans to attend The University of Southern Mississippi to pursue a degree in communications and criminal justice. She enjoys being on a marketing team for an online boutique and studying God's word.
LAMAR COUNTY: Addison-Blair Dyess
Addison-Blair Dyess attends The University of Southern Mississippi, where she has earned a place on the President's List. She is studying health sciences and plans to become a Cardiac Sonographer. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority and serves as the Alumnae Relations Chair and on the Sisterhood Enrichment Team.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Alexis Hart
Alexis Hart is a senior at Mississippi State University majoring in marketing. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Okitbbeha Humane Society. She enjoys hiking, painting and teaching her dog Milo new tricks. After graduation, Alexis will pursue a job with a company that promotes clean energy.
LAUREL: Brinley Bullock
Brinley Bullock is a 2021 graduate of Jones College, where she was a member of Bobcat Brigade, Phi Theta Kappa, and Student Government Association. She served as a Diamond Girl and represented the sophomore class as homecoming maid. Brinley looks forward to attending the University of Mississippi to study accounting.
LAWRENCE COUNTY: Karlie Jordan
Karlie Jordan is the daughter of Gary and Angela Jordan. She is a student at The University of Southern Mississippi, where she plans to complete her degree in public relations. Karlie's hobbies include singing, conversating with friends, and exploring new cultures and places.
LEAKESVILLE: Amberlyn Holifield
Amberlyn Holifield is a graduate of Greene County High School. A student at Jones College majoring in biomedical science, she plans to become an orthodontist. She is an active member of the Main Street Leakesville Organization, where she loves highlighting local businesses and helping organize and promote community events.
MAGEE: Chloe White
Chloe White is a 2020 Copiah Lincoln Community College Hall of Fame graduate. She is a student at The University of Southern Mississippi, majoring in business administration. She's an active member of Phi Mu and serves on the Junior Executive Committee. Chloe is an active member of Corinth Baptist Church.
MARION COUNTY: Kaitlyn Bradford
Kaitlyn Bradford is a graduate of Southwest Mississippi Community College and attends Southeastern Louisiana University, pursuing a career as a child life specialist. Kaitlyn is a team leader of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Southeastern. She actively volunteers for the Hugh O'brian Youth Leadership Seminar and Experience Columbia.
MENDENHALL: Kacey Wallace
Kacey Wallace is a student a cheerleader at Pearl River Community College. Her academic excellence has placed her on the Dean's List and in Phi Theta Kappa. Kacey enjoys painting in her spare time. She plans to also obtain a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
MERIDIAN: Taylor Cook
Taylor Cook is a junior studying marketing and communication with an emphasis on public relations at Mississippi State University and plans to obtain an MBA. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority and serves as Assistant Philanthropy Chair. Taylor is a College of Business Ambassador and is interning with Shared Advancement Services at MSU.
NESHOBA COUNTY: Landry Payne
Landry Payne is pursuing a degree in nursing at the Mississippi University for Women. After graduation, Landry plans to work as a registered nurse while furthering her education and obtaining a Master's of Science in Nursing. Her career goal is to be a Family Nurse Practitioner.
NEW ALBANY: Becca Childers
Becca Childers attends Mississippi State University, where she is pursuing a masters in elementary education. She studied classical ballet for eight years, was captain of her soccer team, and a cheerleader. She made the President's and Dean's Lists at Itawamba Community College and MSU. Becca enjoys painting, hiking, and road trips.
OVETT: Kaitlyn Warden
Kaitlyn Warden is a senior at The University of Southern Mississippi studying marketing and professional selling. At USM, Kaitlyn served as a director under event operations for the 2021 EagleTHON Dance Marathon. After graduating, she plans to work in the marketing industry and become a certified makeup artist for The Perfect Face.
PETAL: Grace Robbins
Grace Robbins is a recent Mississippi Scholars and honors graduate of Petal High School. In the fall, she will attend William Carey University to obtain her degree in biology with plans to pursue a career in pediatric medicine. Grace served as a Petal Ambassador during her junior and senior year.
PIKE COUNTY: Baleigh Brumfield
Baleigh Cheyenne Brumfield is a biochemistry major at Southwest Mississippi Community College. She is a Phi Theta Kappa Vice President, Redline Captain, Freshman Class Favorite, and on the BSU leadership team. She attends First Baptist Church Summit. Baleigh is a pursuing a career in pediatric dentistry to practice in rural areas of Mississippi.
PONTOTOC COUNTY: Kassidy Young
Kassidy Young is a senior at Mississippi State University, where she is a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She is pursuing a degree in neuromechanics with career aspirations of becoming a physical therapist. Kassidy collaborated with the Pontotoc Main Street Association to develop a commercial campaign showcasing her hometown.
RANKIN COUNTY: Mallory Bunkley
Mallory Bunkley attends The University of Southern Mississippi, where she majors in Sports Management and Hospitality & Tourism Management. She’s a dancer and goodwill ambassador with the Dixie Darlings, the undergraduate representative for the Sports Management Club, and an employee with CBS Sports. She's interested in bringing high profile events and athletics into Mississippi.
RIDGELAND: Sara Hederman
Sara Hederman is a sophomore at Ole Miss studying exercise science with plans to pursue a career in the athletic and fitness industry. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority and is a Chancellor Leadership and Academic Scholar. Sara is an avid hunter, competitive golfer, and enjoys fitness activities.
SMITH COUNTY: Keelyn Rogers
Keelyn Rogers is a 2020 graduate of Taylorsville High School, where she was a Hall of Fame inductee, Mississippi Scholar, Homecoming Queen, cheerleader, softball and volleyball player. Keelyn is an elementary education major at Pearl River Community College, where she is a cheerleader and a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
STARKVILLE: Claire Farmer
Claire Farmer is a graduate of Starkville Academy, where she was captain of the tennis team. Selected to be part of the Mississippi State University Early Honors Academy, Claire plans to attend MSU in the fall and major in interior design, focusing on ways to beautify our Mississippi homes.
STATE LINE: Anna Kate Wood
Anna Katherine Wood is a 2021 honors graduate at Greene County High School. She was a varsity cheerleader, member of the Beta Club, class Vice President, Homecoming Maid, and selected as Hall of Fame. In the fall, Anna Kate plans to attend Jones College, majoring in secondary English education.
TUPELO: Taylor Kelly
Taylor Kelly is studying public policy leadership and integrated marketing communications at the University of Mississippi, with plans to become a family law attorney. She is a student government senator, who serves as the chair of the Student Life Committee in the Associated Student Body, and a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
WALHTALL COUNTY: Lundyn Huhn
Lundyn Huhn is a first-generation college student attending Southwest Mississippi Community College. She will move on to get her radiologic technical license after graduating from SMCC with an associates of applied science. She is also a graduate of Salem Attendance Center, where she served as Student Body President.
WASHINGTON COUNTY: Grayce Redwine
Grayce Redwine attends Delta State University, where she is majoring in pre-occupational therapy. Grayce is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and serves on the Standards Board and as a Reference and Recommendations Chairman. She plans on furthering her education at UMMC to pursue her doctorate degree with an emphasis on pediatrics.
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 POINT: Anna Grace Reed
Anna Grace Reed is a graduate of Oak Hill Academy. Presently, she attends Mississippi State University and is majoring in biological sciences and pre-optometry. Anna Grace has earned a spot on the Dean's List and is a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She plans to one day become an optometrist specializing in pediatrics.