HED:New Tupelo/Lee Miss Hospitality to be crowned Saturday evening
On Saturday night, nine young ladies will vie for the title of 1999 Tupelo/Lee County Miss Hospitality.
The pageant, to be held in the Church Street Elementary Auditorium, is free and open to the public and begins at 8 p.m. "Romance of Ancient Greece" is this year's pageant theme. Lyle Tate will serve as emcee.
Contestants will have interviews Saturday afternoon at the Tupelo Artist Guild Gallry with live entertainment by Rusty Benson.
Shannon Smith, the reigning Tupelo/Lee Miss Hospitality will crown the winner who will represent Tupelo/Lee County in the state pageant to be held July 26-31 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. The theme for this year's state pageant is "50 Years of Miss Hospitality...The Tradition Continues."
Mississippi's Miss Hospitality travels the state as a goodwill ambassador, offering hospitality to each person she meets in every corner of the state. Jeanna Runnels is the state's 1998 Miss Hospitality.
This year's Tupelo/Lee County contestants are:
Liza Carter is the 17-year-old daughter of Jan. W. Harris and Michael E. Carter of Tupelo. She is a Tupelo High School senior and plans to attend the University of Mississippi in the fall.
Jennifer Lee Chrestman is the daughter of John and Brenda Chrestman of Shannon. The 21-year-old is a graduate of Shannon High School and is currently a junior at Mississippi State University majoring in elementary education.
Nicole Crocker, 20, is the daughter of Jerry and Vicky Crocker of Tupelo. She is a graduate of Tupelo High School and is a junior at Mississippi State majoring in psychology.
Kamesha Lester is the daughter of Teresa Cook of Tupelo. The 18-year-old is a senior at Tupelo High School and plans to attend Northeast Community College or Mississippi State.
Summer Smith, 21, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Talmadge Smith of Belden. A graduate of Tupelo High School, she is a junior at the University of Mississippi where she is an elementary education major with a concentration in English/social studies.
Amy Thornton is the 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robin Thornton of Tupelo. A graduate of Tupelo High School, she is a freshman elementary education major at Itawamba Community College.
Ashley Whitfield, a freshman business/marketing major at the University of Mississippi, is the 18-year-old daughter of George and Teri Dent of Tupelo. She is a graduate of Tupelo High School.
Candies Winfun is a senior at Shannon High Shool. She is the 18-year-old daughter of James and Donna Brown of Verona. She plans to attend Itawamba Community College and major in elementary education.
Jamie Young is the 20-year-old daughter of Joe Young and Patty Young of Tupelo. A graduate of Tupelo High School, she is a sophomore elementary education major at Itawamba Community College.