Tourism Bureau introduces Miss Hospitality contestants

By Staff
special to The Star
March 17, 2002
Eight young women will compete Saturday at Merrehope for the title of Miss Hospitality.
The Miss Hospitality program gives young women an opportunity to represent Meridian and Lauderdale County as goodwill ambassadors at special events, parades, conventions and other community functions.
Each contestant will participate in a judges' interview and a black dress competition, where they will be judged on their presence and poise. Finally, each will give a 30-second speech on the theme, "Meridian My Hometown."
Saturday's event is sponsored by the Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau. The winner will represent the area in a state competition in Hattiesburg July 21-27.
The eight young ladies are:
Leslie Ellen Boling: She is the daughter of Joey and Jean Wagner of Marion, and Jay and Tori Boling of Meridian. A 2001 graduate of Northeast Lauderdale High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society, a cheerleader, a homecoming maid and vice president of the Math and Science Club. She currently attends Meridian Community College.
Elizabeth Fair: A 1997 graduate of West Lauderdale High School, she is the daughter of Tom and Alana Fair. She is a business/psychology interdisciplinary studies major at Mississippi State University and plans to pursue a career as a pharmaceutical drug representative or human resource administrator.
Courtney Lynn Graham: She is the daughter of Roy and Donna Graham and a 2000 graduate of West Lauderdale High School. Graham is a marketing major at East Central Community College, and hopes to attend Mississippi State University to pursue a degree in marketing with a minor in fashion merchandising. She wants, eventually, to have her own business. Until then, she says she will go where God leads in her career and life.
Emily Joy Grant: A 2000 graduate of Lamar High School, Grant is an education major at University of Mississippi. She plans to graduate with a master's degree in education. Her ultimate goal is to become not only a teacher, but also a role model and lasting influence in the lives of her students. She is active in her community, helping raise money for St. Jude's Research Hospital and Habitat for Humanity.
Rebecca Sara-Nell McCarty: The daughter of Van and Robin McCarty, she is a 2000 graduate of Meridian High School. McCarty is a business administration major at Mississippi College and plans to attend graduate school. She was valedictorian of her class, editor of the Reverie yearbook, Freshman Woman of the Year at MC, and a member of Delta Mu Delta and the Business Administration Honor Society.
Lydia Bronwyn Moore: Moore will graduate in May from Meridian High School. She plans to attend Blue Mountain College beginning in August, majoring in elementary education. At MHS, she is the president of the National Honor Society, president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and president of the Anchor Club. She is also listed on the Honor Roll.
Andrea Nason: A 2000 graduate of Southeast Lauderdale High School, she is a marketing major at Meridian Community College. At MCC, she is a President's and Dean's List scholar and vice president of the Ivy League. She is a Eagle Scholarship recipient and Gold Scholarship recipient. Nason is active in her church, First Presbyterian, where she enjoys working in the nursery.
Kasey Trayal: A 2001 graduate of Southeast Lauderdale High School, she is the daughter of Ken Trayal and Stephanie West. She is a dental hygiene major at Meridian Community College. A long-term goal, or maybe even her dream, is to become a professional model. Trayal enjoys volunteering at elementary schools, attending youth activities and traveling.

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