Miss Hospitality Pageant presents preliminary awards

Miss Hospitality Pageant presents preliminary awards

HATTIESBURG, MS - This is a news release from VISITHATTIESBURG. 

After a full week of rehearsals, special events, and interviews, the 29 Miss Hospitality contestants competed on-stage last night during the Preliminary Competition. All contestants participated in the Little Black Dress/Commercial Competition and the Evening Gown Competition. At the conclusion of the evening, a handful of contestants were presented with preliminary awards.

On Friday morning, each contestant presented a 90-second speech to the panel of judges on how they would sell Mississippi to a visitor. The top three speech awards were given to: Erin Morgan of Laurel, Emily Gruzinskas of Bay St. Louis, and Taylor White of Magee.

Morgan is a senior at Mississippi State University pursuing a degree in kinesiology with plans to attend physical therapy school. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority where she serves as philanthropy chair. Erin is a member of the Schackouls Honors College and serves the University as a Roadrunner and College of Education Ambassador.

Gruzinskas is a public relations major at The University of Southern Mississippi where she is in the Honors College, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, is a Luckyday Scholar, and is a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Emily also has a Choral Service scholarship and participates in several vocal ensembles in the USM School of Music.

White is a graduate of Copiah Lincoln Community College where she served as a Trailblazer and was chosen as a member of Who's Who Among Junior College Students. Taylor will be attending The University of Southern Mississippi to complete her degree in Elementary Education. She is an active member of Corinth Baptist Church.

The top ad sales winners were also recognized on stage. Marissa Landon of Greene County and Sarah Hibley of Marion County both received plaques and a $200 gift card from Barnes and Noble at Southern Miss.

The Miss Hospitality Pageant will continue tomorrow night with the final on-stage competition and the crowning of the 2015 Mississippi Miss Hospitality. Tickets are still available and may be purchased at the Saenger Theater Box Office at 601.584.4888 or online at www.HattiesburgSaenger.com.

The Mississippi Miss Hospitality is a program of VISITHATTIESBURG™, and is presented by VISITHATTIESBURG™, The University of Southern Mississippi and the City of Hattiesburg. For more information about the Pageant, contact the State Pageant Office at 601.268.3220 or mshosp@hattiesburg.org. Additional Pageant information can be found online at www.MissHospitality.com.