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presented by the student government association October 12, 2013




Hannah Roberts

PROGRAM welcome

Opening number introduction of miss university of southern mississippi 2013 introduction of judges and auditors lifestyle and fitness special entertainment Hannah roberts talent special entertainment c c dance company on stage question evening wear entertainment Hannah roberts entertainment c c dance company thanks by pageant directors farewell miss university of southern mississippi 2013 hannah roberts final parade of contestants announcement of winners 2014 miss university of southern mississippi walk

Pageant Awards Miss university of southern mississippi $1,500 Scholarship official miss america crown first alternate $700 scholarship second alternate $500 scholarship third alternate $200 scholarship The Spirit of Miss University of Southern Mississippi $200 scholarship flowers by evoque event + floral of hattiesburg trophies by pine belt trophies of hattiesburg

An Official Miss America Preliminary

History The Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant had its beginnings as an annual bathing suit contest held to highlight Sports Day, an event established during the post World War II years at Mississippi Southern College. The annual Sports Day competition was held on Faulkner Field, and conveniently the Bathing Beauty Contest was held around the college swimming pool. In May 1947, Sonye Jordan was named top Bathing Beauty, establishing a tradition and a title that has since become Miss Southern and finally growing into the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant. During this time, the bathing beauty contest was slowly changing its format. In 1956, besides judging the contestants in swimsuits (still held around the pool), a talent competition was held in conjunction with the contest. Reciting the interpretive reading “God’s Trombone,” Annette Tisdale was named Miss Southern for 1956 and went on to capture the title of Miss Mississippi that year. In the next years, the Bathing Beauty title and swimming pool format was discarded completely, and the pageant moved forward to its present form with talent, evening gown, and swimsuit competition. The Student Government Association sponsored the pageant in 1961, and at that time the Miss Southern Pageant became affiliated as a preliminary scholarship pageant to the Miss Mississippi Pageant. In the 1960’s two Miss Southern’s became Miss Mississippi, Robbie Robertson in 1966 and Mary Linda Mills in 1968. Mollie Magee, representing The University of Southern Mississippi in 1975, became Miss Mississippi, and Miss Southern’s Diane Eddins, 1976, Derrith Allgood, 1977, and Debra Grim, 1978, have placed in the top ten and top five in the Miss Mississippi Pageant. The University of Southern Mississippi was well represented by the outstanding performance of Mary Ellen Frazen as she was selected third alternate to Miss

Mississippi and was the pageant’s only double preliminary winner. In the past ten years, the Miss University of Southern Mississippi winners have continued to excel at the state program. In 1999, Miss Southern Becky Pruett received the Women in Medicine Scholarship as well as a position in the top ten. She went on to win the title of Miss Mississippi in 2001. Miss Southern 2000, Beth Richards was named third alternate at the state pageant. In 2001, Jennifer Adcock won the title of Miss Southern and went on to become a double preliminary winner at the state pageant. Winning both preliminary swimsuit and talent, Adcock was second alternate to Miss Mississippi in 2001. She went on to win Miss Mississippi in 2002. In 2002, Miss Southern Shea Kidd placed third alternate in the state pageant. Each year at the state pageant, University of Southern Mississippi women have a strong showing whether they hold the University of Southern Mississippi title or not. Included in these women, is Miss Mississippi 2008 Christine Kozlowski, who is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi. In 2010, Miss University of Southern Mississippi, Kristen Beningo, placed 2nd Alternate to Miss Mississippi. In 2011, Jill Duckworth, placed 1st Alternate to Miss Mississippi. In 2012, Grace Claire Cordes placed top ten at Miss Mississippi and was a talent preliminary winner. Our reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, Hannah Roberts, placed in the top ten at Miss Mississippi 2013 and was a preliminary talent winner. She placed as 1st Alternate at the 2013 Miss Mississippi. The Miss Mississippi Pageant gives over $124,000 in scholarships and awards each year. Mississippi is one of the few state pageants that the Miss America Pageant Organization has awarded a multi-year contract.



1947 - Sonja Jordan 1948 - Willie France Horn 1949 - Myrie Stubblefield 1950 1951 - Martha Green 1952 - Marie Stoner 1953 - Jessie Wynn Morgan 1954 - Ann Miller 1955 - Carolyn Cochran* Dot May 1956 - Annete Tisdale* Dot May 1957 - Mable Ann Boswell 1958 - Kay Conway 1959 - Sherry Sims 1960 - Harriet McCuler 1961 - Virginia Sojourner 1962 - Vivian Rushing 1963 - Mori Longino 1964 - Penny Sue Webre 1965 - Linda Mann 1966 - Robbie Robertson* 1967 - Pat Chambliss 1968 - Linda Millis* Sherry Etheridge 1969 - Colleen O’Mara 1970 - Kay Paschal 1971 - Debbie Etheridge 1972 - Patricia Woodsworth 1973 - Tonnie Lynn Johnson 1974 - Pam Stanke 1975 - Mollie Magee 1976 - Diane Eddins 1977 - Derrith Allgood 1978 - Debra Grime *Won the Title of Miss Mississippi The First Alternate Then Became Miss University of Southern Mississippi

1979 - Benthia Von Tempske 1980 - Francis Wilson 1981 - Mary Ellen Frazen 1982 - Cheryl Gibson 1983 - Sherry Edkins 1984 - Beth Glover 1985 - Twila Williams 1986 - Sharon Bentz 1987 - Mitzi Swanson 1988 - Millie Ivey 1989- Leah Friend 1990 - Danyel Kea 1991 - Stacy Vernamonti 1992 - Susan Cade 1993 - Amy Showalter 1994 - Melanie Bates 1995 - Charlotte West 1996 - Leah Kelly 1997 - Melinda King 1998 - Keely Williams 1999 - Becky Pruett 2000 - Beth Richards Angela Gray 2001 - Jennifer Adcock 2002 - Shea Kidd 2003 - Carrie Parker 2004 - Natasha Hayford 2005 - Joanna Gaston 2006 - Laura Guiles 2007 - Katelyn Ellzey 2008 - Emily Gadilhe 2009 - Maggie Evans 2010 - Kristen Beningo 2011 - Jill Duckworth 2012 - Grace Claire Cordes 2013 - Hannah Roberts



Hannah Roberts is a junior biochemistry major at USM. She is the daughter of James and Danna Roberts and is from Mount Olive, Mississippi. Hannah was chosen as Mississippi’s Distinguished Young Woman, formerly known as Junior Miss, and competed at the national competition in 2011 where she placed as 2nd alternate. As a freshman at Southern Miss, Hannah was involved in Freshman Associates, American Chemical Society, Women in Science and Engineering, and was named as a finalist for the Outstanding Freshman Award. During her sophomore year at USM, Hannah joined Eagle Connection and was named as Miss University of Southern Mississippi 2013. Hannah also won a Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship for her research in chemistry, making her one of about 90 women in the country to receive the award. As a current junior at Southern Miss, Hannah has maintained a 4.0 GPA and plans to take the MCAT and apply for medical school in the coming year. As Miss USM, Hannah chose a platform, or an issue of personal interest, to promote during her year. She chose Pages of Love, which is a book donation program she began in 2005 as her platform. Through Pages of Love, Hannah has donated over 17,000 children’s books around the state of Mississippi as well as other south eastern states. This program has won several national awards including the National Young Role Model of the Year award in 2010. Hannah implemented Pages of Love at USM by holding book drives across campus and then donated the books from USM to the Dubard Center on campus as well as Forrest General Hospital. Hannah has played classical violin for 15 years and will entertain us tonight with her award-winning piece from Miss Mississippi. Although not a music major or minor, Hannah uses her talent to play in the Parkway Heights Methodist Church praise band and also teaches lessons and plays at weddings.

Master and Mistress

of ceremonies


Mike McDaniel is up before the sun co-anchoring News 7 Sunrise on WDAM. He first joined the WDAM news team in August of 2007, serving as the weekend anchor and investigative reporter which soon led him to being named ‘Newsperson of the Year’ by the Mississippi Associated Press. Throughout his career, Mike has been recognized with almost 40 Associated Press awards for his reporting on a wide range of stories from uncovering abuse within the Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center to documenting the release of prisoners cleared by DNA evidence. In 2011, Mike was selected to become Mississippi’s only statewide reporter. For two and a half years he worked at WLBT in Jackson covering the state capitol, politics and state issues. Mike returned to the Pine Belt in June to take on his new role as morning anchor.

CHRISTINE KOZLOWSKI Christine Kozlowski, Former Miss Mississippi 2008 and Miss Mississippi Collegiate 2013 is from D’Iberville, MS. She won preliminary swimsuit at the state pageant as well as at Miss America 2009, In Miss Collegiate America, she won overall interview, overall evening gown, and placed 1st runner to the crown. Christine recently took a year away from school to play a leading role in three independent films with Mudbrick Media and is now back at USM to finish her last semester and pursue her love of acting and dance. In her community, she was President for the Biloxi Edgewater Mall Teen Board 2012-2013, a community service group of 14 to 16 year old girls who strive their best to contribute to the various outreach activities and programs along the Gulf Coast. She has judged and coached for various pageant systems including Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen, Junior Miss, Miss Collegiate America, National American Miss, and Miss Mississippi. Upon graduation, Christine hopes to pursue a career in dance and vocal performance and eventually settle down to be a yoga, fitness, and dance instructor. She also hopes continue to grow her pageant coaching business and to continue to build her career as a working actor.



JAN BLACKWELL Jan Blackwell is the executive director of the Miss Meridian and Miss New South Scholarship Foundation and Miss Meridian and Miss New South’s Outstanding Teen Pageants. She is proud to have twice served as the local director for Miss Mississippi 2009, Anna Tadlock, as well as Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen 2008, Morgan Burnett. She is a certified judge for the Mississippi Junior Miss Program and has judged numerous pageants, talent contests and programs throughout the state. Jan resides in Union, Mississippi where she owns and operates Rigdon’s Enterprises. She is married to Ronald Blackwell, has two daughters, Kim and Tracey, and a new grandson, Mason.

ARVELL DELAINE Arvell Delaine is a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and is a graduate of Hattiesburg High School. He later received a B.S. degree in Polymer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. During his collegiate career, Arvell was active both on and off campus. His involvements included the Pride of Mississippi marching band, Lambda Sigma Honorary Society where he served as President, the Student Government Association, Polymer Science Association, and Men of Excellence. He was also honored as Southern Miss’s Most Outstanding Freshman Male, Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities as well as numerous other recognitions for his leadership and scholarships. In 2007 he was selected for participation in the Area Development Partnership’s Leadership Pinebelt where he helped plan and implement a program for high school students to improve their decision making on tough choices teenagers face by exercising a choices/consequences approach. Arvell remains active in the community through mentor programs for at risk youth and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. Arvell has been involved in numerous pageants and beauty reviews throughout the state. He currently resides in Biloxi, MS, where he works as a business analyst and engineer for the U.S. Air Force’s Technical Training Management System at Keesler Air Force Base and has served as the lead musician for Pineview Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg for the last 13 years.

SHEA KIDD HOUZE Originally from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Shea Kidd Houze received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi and Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia. Shea currently serves as the coordinator of the First Scholars Program at the University of Memphis, which is a 4-year comprehensive leadership program for first generation college students. Additionally, Shea is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Research where

she focuses on identity development of first year students. An active member of the UofM community, she is frequently called upon to present on the areas of interviewing, personal branding, social media, leadership, and diversity. A former Miss Hattiesburg, Miss USM (then Miss Southern) and 3rd Runnerup to Miss Mississippi, Shea has served as a featured entertainer for the Miss Mississippi Pageant, interview and talent coach, and judge for Miss Mississippi local preliminaries and the Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen program. She resides in Memphis with her four-year-old, Jack Wilson and dog, Hardy.

ASHTON TURBERVILLE Ashton Turberville was born and raised in Semmes, Alabama. Throughout her early years Ashton was a Company member at the Melinda Leigh School of Dance where she competed for ten years. Ashton’s dance experience led her to many regional and national competitions performing in group and solo numbers. In 2007 Ashton came to the University of Southern Mississippi to further her dance education. While at Southern Miss, she completed her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Dance Performance and Choreography and Child Life Therapy. Ashton spent a great deal of her time at Southern Miss in various leadership roles. She was a collegiate member of the Mississippi Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi, and currently serves as the Pi Beta Phi Delegate to the Greater New Orleans Alumni Panhellenic. Additionally, Ashton was a member of Southern Style in 2011. Since graduation, Ashton has been working in Healthcare consulting in the New Orleans area. In her consulting experience, Ashton has coordinated and facilitated the implementation of an electronic medical records software package for all Ochsner Health System Hospitals. Throughout the implementation process, Ashton has hosted training classes and provided continuous support to medical professionals.

TAMMY WELLS Tammy Wells is a Graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and a minor in sociology. She has been a member of rotary, The Exchange Club, Design director of the Houston, Mississippi Main Street. She has been the director of three Miss Mississippi local preliminaries for 14 years. She is now going to direct six pageant pageants including their outstanding teen sister pageants in a few weeks which will be Miss Delta Blues, Miss Northridge, Miss North Central, Miss Grenada, Miss Vicksburg, and Miss RIverbend. She has served on the Miss Mississippi board of Local directors as a field director at large. She enjoys Antiquing, reading, painting, watching movies and traveling. She is married to Benny Wells. She is employed as an oil and gas abstractor and lives for work in Pecos Texas. She has two little people in fur, Coco Chanel and Lola Fallana. She calls Vicksburg Mississippi Home.





Leslee Smith is a CPA that was in public accounting for more than eight years. She currently is employed by the USM Foundation as the Manager of Financial Services. She has tabulated the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant for the last 10 years, the Miss William Carey University Pageant (formerly the Miss William Carey College Pageant) for the past 6 years and she tabulated for the Miss Leaf River Valley Pageant twice and the Miss University Southern Mississippi Pageant twice. She is a member of the MSCPA, the AICPA, the SEMSCPA. Smith has a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Business Administration (double major) from USM.

Tameka Sullivan has been involved with pageants for a few years – most recently as a judge for the Miss Hospitality Lawrence County Pageant. In 2009, she received a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi where she majored in Accounting. For the past year, she has been employed with The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation as a Staff Accountant. Sullivan is a native of Sontag, MS, and she currently resides in Hattiesburg with my husband of four years.

Competition Scoring

Personal Interview - 25% Talent - 35% Lifestyle and Fitness - 15% Evening Wear - 20% On Stage Question - 5%



Gavin Snyder DIRECTOR


Meredith Moody is a sophomore Forensic Science major with an emphasis in Polymers from Lucedale, MS. She currently serves as an Honors College Ambassador and is a member of the Baptist Student Union Leadership Team, Forensic Science Society, and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Meredith worked with the 2012 Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant and considers it an honor to work with the scholarship pageant again this year as Assistant Director. She wishes all of the contestants the very best tonight as they compete for the crown.

Gavin Snyder is a junior Communication Studies major from Mobile, Alabama at the University of Southern Mississippi. Since Freshman year, Gavin has been involved in the Student Government Association. He has served as Freshman Associates President as well as the 2012 Homecoming Director. Along with being the 2014 Miss USM Pageant Director, Gavin also serves as the Southern Miss Activities Council President, a 2013 member of Southern Style, and as a Student Activities Ambassador for the Office of Student Activities. Gavin is the son of Marty and Lisa Snyder.


Having a dance background of 19 years, Morgan Novay is a Junior majoring in Child and Family Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. Morgan is a thirdyear Dixie Darling and also serves as the Dance Chair of her sorority, Delta Gamma. She competed for 15 years as a competitive dancer and earned multiple regional and national awards. She has been involved as a contestant, staff member and judge for state and national pageants and truly devotes her time to her talents as a dancer.

Wynde Fitts ADVISOR Wynde is the Associate Dean of Students at The University of Southern Mississippi where she administers the Student Code of Conduct and serves as a university judicial officer. She also advises the Student Government Association. Wynde had advised, taught and mentored thousands of college students over her 20 years in Higher Education. She previously served as the Director of the First Year Experience working with Preview, GEWW and Southern Style and Director of Greek Life here at Southern Miss. Wynde is a Jackson, MS, native who earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees here at Southern Miss, and will begin the pursuit of a PhD. next spring. Wynde and her husband of 21 years Gene Fitts live here in Hattiesburg.

Delores McNair OFFICE MANAGER The Student Government Association would like to recognize Ms. Delores McNair for all of her tireless work behind the scences to make this scholarship pageant a success. Ms. McNair provides leadership, assistance, and has always been readily available to contribute to the Miss Mississippi operations. Student Government recognizes Ms. McNair as the true “Magic of Southern Mississippi” and the spirit that leads our Student Programs as a leader in our state. Thank you, Ms. McNair for your support, assistance, and leadership.





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Sponsorships ONYX SPONSORS Jackie and Lee Slater Wynnee Langley Karen Johnson Christian Family Worship Center USM Wesley Foundation Creative Hair Care Ayanna Adams Selective Automotive, LLC Deaconess Hospice

Nobles Brothers Cleaners Salon 38 - Leslie and Karl Sanford Hattiesburg Bicycle Center Splash Boutique & Salon Mostly Macie’s Seafood Company A Kut Above the Rest Barber Studio Treasure Womack

GOLD SPONSORS James Lambers Jim Walker Dr. and Mrs. Lary Parks

CROWN SPONSORS April Shoemaker Material Girls BAI Boutique Jeannette Jordan Burron and Brenda Musgrove & Joe Lee Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Mu Nu Chapter St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church 601.268.7891

228.669.6850 Lighting – Audio – Staging – Décor – Power Distribution

Thank You to

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TALENT WINNER ______________________________________________________ SPIRIT OF MISS SOUTHERN ______________________________________________________ THIRD ALTERNATE ______________________________________________________ SECOND ALTERNATE ______________________________________________________ FIRST ALTERNATE ______________________________________________________ MISS UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 2014 ______________________________________________________



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