By GWEN SISSON
Three young ladies will vie for the title of Starkville’s Miss Hospitality Saturday.
A Tea Pageant will be held at 3 p.m. at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership’s Welcome Center, where a new Starkville’s Miss Hospitality will be named.
Contestants include Anna-Marie Foster, Mary Lowry Nemeth and Lindsey Chrysteen Norman.
According to pageant director Vicki Burnett, all three contestants have a lot to offer.
“All three girls are in to everything,” Burnett said. “They are outstanding contestants.”
Tasha Hill, one of the organizers of this year’s Starkville’s Miss Hospitality pageant, said they are excited to name the 2011 Miss Hospitality.
“These girls are smart and energetic,” Hill said. “Any of them would do a great job as Miss Hospitality. We wish them all the best.”
The contestants include:
Foster is the daughter of Barbara and Jeff Foster. She attends Starkville Academy where she is currently a senior. Foster serves as Crown Club and Anchor Club publicist, yearbook editor, National Honor Society secretary, team captain of the Senior Class Relay for Life team, and Youth Involvement Chairman for Oktibbeha County’s Relay for Life committee.
She is actively involved with Habitat for Humanity, volunteering at the Parker House and the Carrington Nursing home, and reading to a pre-kindergarten class weekly. She has been named Starkville Academy’s Most Spirited, Most Dependable, and Most Outstanding Senior.
Foster enjoys reading, working, scrap booking, and volunteering.
She plans to attend Mississippi University for Women in the fall majoring in speech language pathology with a minor in family studies. Foster plans to open a speech clinic with an emphasis on children’s speech disorders.
Mary Lowry Nemeth
Nemeth is the 19-year-old daughter of Mike and Renee Nemeth. She is a freshman at Mississippi State University where she is majoring in biological sciences.
Nemeth plans to eventually pursue a career in neo-native intensive care. She is a member of Shakouls Honors College and was awarded an MSU Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship. Nemeth is the public relations chair of the University Honors Council and serves as secretary for Students for Life. She is an MSU Diamond Girl, a leader for her church AWANA program, and is involved in the Baptist Student Union at MSU.
In addition, she enjoys traveling, SEC sports, club volleyball, baking, and reading.
Lindsey Chrysteen Norman
Norman is the 19-year-old daughter of Don and Peggy Norman. She is a freshman at Mississippi State majoring in sports studies with a minor in business.
Her eventual plans involve a career in sports communication, preferably with an SEC university in media relations.
Norman was on the Fall 2010 dean’s list. A member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, she enjoys volunteering with the Humane Society and community involvement through her sorority.
Her hobbies include photography, water sports, and touring antebellum homes.
Burnett said this year’s pageant will be a “Tea” pageant. According to Burnett, contestants will be judged in two areas instead of three.
“With just three contestants, this type of pageant will be more relaxed and more fun,” Burnett said.
There will be no evening gown competition. The contestants will be judged on their interview and their black dress “commercial.” The “commercial” is an original speech about their hometown. It will be the same “commercial” that will be used in Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant in July.
According to the rules for Miss Hospitality, all contestants must meet the following requirements:
Must be a resident of Mississippi;
Must be from Starkville or Oktibbeha County;
Must be a high school graduate who attends or plans to attend college, must never have been married or have had children, and must be between the ages of 18 and 24 by the time of the pageant;
Must not currently hold a title that would interfere with her duties as Miss Hospitality;
Must have a 2.5/4.0 G.P.A for the last completed semester. A transcript must be provided;
Must be in good health;
Young women who have entered the state pageant previously are not eligible to participate again.
According to the pageant guidelines, the mission of the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant is to identify, honor and utilize young ladies between the ages of 18 and 24 for the purpose of promoting Mississippi’s tourism, industry, and economic development internally and externally by serving as the state’s goodwill ambassador.