Miss Neshoba County has 13 vying

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Thirteen contestants will compete for the title of Miss Neshoba County Fair on Monday night at the Neshoba County Fair.

Pageant Director Jennifer Bounds said a few more contestants are participating compared to recent years and the contest will feature a few changes this year.

“I have 13 outstanding contestants,” Bounds said. “We will bring back the modeling of Fair Wear and the girls will introduce themselves and tell what their favorite part of the Fair is,” Bounds said. “They will take part in interviews, an opening number and evening gown competition also. We are no longer a preliminary pageant for Miss Mississippi.”

The Pageant is at 8 p.m. Monday at the Grandstand.

Here is a look at the contestants:

• Kyleigh Laughlin is the 18-year-old daughter of Angela and David Turk. She is a member of Southside United Methodist Church. Kyleigh was involved in FFA, played soccer and was a Mississippi Scholar as well as an honor roll student at Neshoba Central. 

Kyleigh is a member of the National Barrel Horse Association and High School Horse Association. She is a 2 time state qualifier for the 4H horse show and pistol shooting competitor. Kyleigh plans to attend East Central Community College and pursue a degree in nursing. 

• Anna Caroline Stephens is the 18-year-old daughter of Amy Stephens and Don Grantham, Jr. She is a member of Bethsadia Baptist Church. Anna Caroline was involved in many clubs while in high school Bible, Crown, Science, BETA, FFA, FBLA and Art. 

She was a Special Distinction graduate, Mississippi Scholar and served Neshoba Central High School Senior Class as Homecoming Maid.  She enjoys shopping in her free time and volunteering work at her church. 

Anna Caroline plans to attend East Central Community College and then transfer to Mississippi University for Women to pursue a BS degree in Nursing and become a family Nurse Practitioner. 

• Alexa Jade Battle is the 19-year-old daughter of Scott and Christy Battle. She is a member of Grace Baptist Church. Jade enjoys helping her grandfather train his horses for harness racing.

She is a member of the praise band at her church and her senior year of high school had the honor of singing with our own Marty Stuart. She was a cheerleader at East Central Community College and recently graduated with an Associates of Art degree.  Jade enjoys dancing and styling outfits for her friends and family in her free time. 

This Fall Jade will be attending Mississippi State University to pursue a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising. 

• Mallory Chunn is the 17-year-old daughter of Latisha Clark and Bill Chunn. She is a member of Sandtown United Methodist Church. 

Mallory is involved in cheerleading, powerlifting, BETA and Mu Alpha Theta Clubs. She is a Special Honor Roll student and serves on the Student Council as Vice-President. 

She was a member of the 8-time State Champion Neshoba Central softball team. Mallory is a gymnastics instructor and has been selected for 4 years as an All-American Cheerleader. 

Mallory was first alternate and overall fitness and talent winner in the Distinguished Young Woman program in Neshoba County.

Mallory hopes to cheer at Mississippi State University and pursue a degree in criminal justice and then attend law school with a goal of working for the FBI. 

• Zoey Raine Bell is the 18-year-old daughter of Scotty and Memory Bell. She is a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She was an honor roll student, 10th grade homecoming maid and Neshoba Central’s Most Beautiful her senior year. 

She volunteers her time at the Baptist Center each summer. Zoey enjoys spending time with her family. In her free time she enjoys her little sisters swimming, playing in makeup or riding the golf cart around her community with them. 

She enjoys helping whip up her Grannas famous banana budding as well as finds pleasure in hunting and fishing with her PaPaw.  

She has a part-time job at Kademi and says it is more than a job because of the friendships formed. Zoey plans to attend East Central Community College and pursue a degree in nursing with plans of working as a neonatal nurse. 

• Lauren Pope is the 18-year-old daughter of Jody and Sarah Pope. She is a member of Macedonia Revival Center. She participated in HOSA placing 2nd at the State convention in competition and was a member of the National Honor Society at Neshoba Central High School. 

She was recently selected and awarded as a recipient of a W.G. Yates Scholarship. Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends. She enjoys shopping and spending time outside.

She participates in community service visiting nursing homes, passing out candy to local daycares and even taking temperature checks at school for COVID 19 screening. Lauren plans to attend East Central Community College and plans on majoring in Biology to one day become a Forensic Pathologist.

• Sydney Grace Sisson is the 17-year-old daughter of Jim and Maria Sisson. She is a member of Cook’s Chapel Methodist Church. 

Sydney is a captain of her Leake Academy cheer squad, a BETA club member, and for the past 2 years received top 5 honors in the speech competition at State Beta Convention. 

She was elected a homecoming maid the last 3 years.  She is in the 30plus ACT score club and participated in Leadership Neshoba. 

Sydney is a member of the Senior Christian organization and helps with preparing blessing boxes as well as serves the community with the Open Arms Organization.

After graduating, Sydney plans to attend Mississippi State University pursuing a degree in biology, then onto the University of Mississippi Medical Center for a career in dermatology. 

• Marlee-Keeton Pierce is the 18-year-old daughter of Barry and Catina Brantley. She is a member of Good Hope Baptist Church.

While in high school she was a member of the National Honors Society, BETA national winner in trading pins, FBLA, Bible, Science, and History Clubs. Marlee-Keeton was on the Neshoba Central High School girls powerlifting team, a Special Distinction student all four years of high school, a Mississippi Scholars Graduate and works part- time at Steve’s on the Square. 

Marlee-Keeton plans to attend East Mississippi Community College at Mayhew and then transfer to Mississippi University for Women to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. 

• Madison Avery Delancey is the 19-year-old daughter of Heather and John McCarty. She attends New Bethel Baptist Church. She is involved in Phi Beta Lambda and serves as captain of the Centralettes dance team at East Central Community College.

She has been awarded the Thomas W. Thrash Memorial Scholarship and James E. Land Memorial Scholarship. Madison is involved in her church assisting with children’s classes each week. Madison plans to further her education at the University of Southern Mississippi after graduating from East Central Community College pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.

• Piper Jane Fulton is the 18-year-old daughter of Jason and Angela Fulton. She is a member of First United Methodist Church Philadelphia. 

At Neshoba Central, Piper was a six-year cheerleader and a member of BETA,FBLA, Bible, Science and History clubs. 

In the community, Piper is a volunteer for Rise against Hunger, Open Arms, Love Out Loud, Stuff the Bus, and God’s Closet. She is a member of Donate Life Mississippi, East Mississippi Hub for volunteers and an ambassador for Crowns for a Cause. 

Piper works at Cheer Etc as a gym assistant and enjoys traveling and exercising. Piper was a Special Distinction Honor graduate and Captain her senior year of the cheerleading team. She was also a UCA and NCA All-American cheerleader. She will be a cheerleader this fall at ECCC.  Piper plans to attend East Central Community College and pursue a degree in nursing. 

• Khloe Elyse Cockerham is the 19-year-old daughter of Brent and Christy Cockerham and Wayne and Kelly Williams. 

She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Union. Khloe enjoys spending time with her seven younger siblings, exercising, whitewater rafting, water skiing and miniature gold. She completed the “Muddy Princess” a memorable fun mud obstacle course. She has traveled on mission trips to help with Operation Smile in Haiti and Operation Christmas Child in Texas. 

She was Neshoba County’s Outstanding Teen 2019, participated in Leadership Neshoba and served as senior class vice president at Union High School.

Khloe is currently employed at Union Mercantile Company and recently started a work study in the Financial Aid department at East Central Community College. 

At East Central, she is a member of the Warrior Corp, Sigma Sigma Mu Ta, and Students for Life. Khloe plans to graduate with an Associate’s degree from East Central Community College and transfer to Mississippi College to complete a bachelor’s degree in pre-optometry. She will then apply to Southern School of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn., to become an optometrist and come home to serve her community. 

• Abby Seale is the 20-year-old daughter of Steve and Tina Seale. She is a member of Cook’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Abby is a member of the MSU Student Association-serving as Academic Affairs Director and Freshman Council, she serves on the New Maroon Camp programming staff, is a member of Kappa Delta sorority, a SET leader mentor, MSU Fashion Board Model and is a member of the Lambda Sigma Honor Society.

She enjoys traveling, hiking and camping in National Parks, and creating artwork. Abby is a Mississippi State University President’s List Scholar, Phi Kappa Phi honor society member, and placed in the Top 10 in the state competition as Neshoba County’s Distinguished Young Woman. Abby plans to graduate from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and pursue a doctorate in Physical Therapy. 

• Madilyn Joe Hall is the 19 year-old-daughter of Jason and Jennifer Hall. She is a member of Hope Baptist Church. 

Madelyn enjoys cheerleading, gymnastics, swimming and of course attending the Neshoba County Fair. She is a member of the Holmes Mosaic Club and received a cheerleading and ACT scholarship to Holmes Community College. She has been selected as the Most Valuable Tumbler and received the Scholar Athlete Award.  

After graduating from Holmes she plans to attend Mississippi State University and pursue a degree in kinesiology and transfer to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for a career in occupational therapy. 


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