McCarty named new Miss Hospitality for Meridian and Lauderdale County

By Staff
MISS HOSPITALITY 2002 Rebecca Sara-Nell McCarty, left, was crowned Meridian/Lauderdale County Miss Hospitality on Saturday by Scarlett Monsour, Miss Hospitality for 2001. McCarty, a student a Mississippi College, is the daughter of Van and Robin McCarty of Meridian. Photo by Carisa McCain / The Meridian Star
By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
March 24, 2002
Meridian resident Rebecca Sara-Nell McCarty will represent the city and Lauderdale County as its official goodwill ambassador after being named Miss Hospitality on Saturday.
McCarty also will compete in the state Miss Hospitality program July 21-27 in Hattiesburg.
McCarty, the daughter of Van and Robin McCarty of Meridian, is a 2000 graduate of Meridian High School.
She is a student at Mississippi College majoring in business administration. She is a member of Delta Mu Delta business honor society, the Campus Activities Board and the Nenamoosha Social Tribe.
As Meridian/Lauderdale County Miss Hospitality, McCarty will represent the area at ribbon cuttings, parades and other events.
She will receive a full scholarship to Meridian Community College and prizes from local businesses including Better Bodies Medical Spa, AmSouth Bank and Whiddon Photography.
The Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau sponsored the Miss Hospitality program.
McCarty was chosen from among seven contestants who spent Saturday morning being interviewed by a panel of judges. The contestants also gave a 30-second speech about "Meridian: My Hometown."
The first alternate in Saturday's program was Lydia Bronwyn Moore, daughter of Thad and Kim Moore. Emily Joy Grant, daughter of Dr. Fred and Linda Grant, was named second alternate.
The other four contestants Leslie Ellen Boling, Elizabeth Fair, Andrea Nason and Kasey Trayal were all named Junior Ambassadors for the city and county.
McCarty was crowned by Miss Hospitality of 2001, Scarlett Monsour who was voted Miss Congeniality at the state competition last year.
McCarty said she believes the Miss Hospitality program is a good vehicle for encouraging tourism, representing her community and making visitors and residents more aware of what it has to offer.