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Sunday, April 19th, Callie May passed on her 2014 title as Magee’s Miss Hospitality to Taylor White. Taylor is the 19 year old daughter of David and Shelly Crane and Tim and Brenda White. She is currently enrolled at Copiah Lincoln Community College where she serves at class vice-president, Student Government Association Representative and a Co-Lin Trailblazer. Taylor is pursuing a career in elementary education. Taylor will represent Magee in the state pageant in July at the historic Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.
The state pageant brings together the state’s best and brightest young ladies in competition for the title of Mississippi Miss Hospitality – a title that comes with a ticket to travel across the State of Mississippi and the responsibility of promoting Mississippi’s economic development and tourism industries. The mission of the Miss Hospitality Pageant continues to be the identification of a young woman between the ages of 18 and 24 to serve as a goodwill ambassador for one year, showing hospitality to everyone she meets. The pageant allows young women to continue the tradition of beauty, grace, and dignity, while celebrating the intelligent and gracious qualities of today’s modern woman.
The Miss Hospitality tradition began in 1949 under Governor Fielding Wright and the Mississippi Legislature. Since then, the pageant has called the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Starkville, and now Hattiesburg its home. Presented by VISITHATTIESBURG™, the City of Hattiesburg, and The University of Southern Mississippi, the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant offers more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes to young women from across the state.
As Magee’s Miss Hospitality, Taylor will receive a $1,000 scholarship. First runner up and recipient of a $250 scholarship, is Laurel Crawford.
Magee’s Miss Hospitality Board would like to thank the local businesses, Chamber of Commerce, and City of Magee. Because of their support each year we are able to award our winner and first alternate with a cash scholarship to help further their education. Everyone is invited to support Taylor in Hattiesburg July 31 and August 1 at the state pageant. Taylor will be available for ribbon cuttings and special events for the next year. Please contact Doris at the Chamber office for more information.