Miss Mississippi USA
Courtney is a 22 year old senior at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. She is the daughter of Joe and Anita Jo Byrd, has a younger brother, Charles Lambert, and a dog named Big Boy.
Courtney grew up with a passion for the fine arts including singing, dance, playing percussion, acting, and art. Her interests include fashion, fitness and nutrition, and Ole Miss sports. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family.
Courtney has traveled to 8 countries and studied abroad in Costa Rica and Spain. She plans on backpacking Europe after graduating college and later opening her own health and wellness store. Courtney loves music from the 40s and 70s and loves watching old classic movies.
She wants to work with the youth of today on embracing their individuality and seeking validation from within rather on seeking it from others.
Originally from Marks, MS, Barbie was reared on a farm as the last of four children. She graduated from Mississippi College and has a Master of Science degree from Mississippi State University with concentration in Broadcast Meteorology.
WLBT TV selected Barbie as the first Chief Meteorologist in the station’s history. She has been granted the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and has been awarded "Best Weathercaster" by the Associated Press several times. She won the 2000 Mrs. Mississippi International title. She has held four state beauty pageant titles and one national title over the years.
Barbie sits on numerous Boards of Directors, is Vice President of the American Meteorological Society Jackson Chapter, teaches Sunday School at Colonial Heights Baptist Church, is a Life Member of the Madison-Ridgeland Junior Auxiliary, and is a member of the Junior League of Jackson.
Barbie was selected as the "Volunteer of the Year" for the National Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation for 2004 and has been named one of Mississippi's "Top 40 Under 40." Barbie was also voted by Mississippi Magazine readers as their "Favorite Media Personality for 2007." Mississippi College has named Barbie as their "Distinguished Alumnae for 2007". The Salvation Army named her their "Angel Award" recipient for 2011, and readers of the Jackson Free Press voted her as the "Best TV Personality".
Barbie has donated her hair three times to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths, an organization which makes human hair wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer. A Guinness Book of World Record was set in 2007 in Clinton, Mississippi, with the Beautiful Lengths project that she and co-worker Stephanie Bell-Flynt spearheaded.
Barbie is also the national meteorologist for the American Family Radio Network and their 190 radio stations across the country. She is an RFx Circle Achiever with Rodan + Fields Dermatologists.
Barbie is an accomplished opera singer, ventriloquist, pianist, and model. In her spare time, she enjoys storm chasing, collecting Barbie Dolls, spending time on the family farm, and homeschooling her children. Barbie and her husband William have three children.
Barbie's first book was "Forecasts and Faith: Five Keys to Weathering the Storms of Life". Her second book, "Carry An Umbrella When There's No Rain in the Forecast: 365 Days of Living by Faith", is available at www.barbiebassett.com. Limited quantities remain.
Miss Mississippi Teen USA
Andrea is a resident of Oxford, MS and was crowned Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2015 on Novemer 1st, 2014 in Tunica, MS. This was Andrea’ second time to compete in the state pageant. She will be competing for the national title of Miss Teen USA on August 8th, 2015 in the Bahamas.
Andrea is the daughter of Minnie Hightower of Vidor, TX and Greg Hightower of Tupelo, MS. Andrea is currently enrolled at the University of Mississippi On line High School. After completing high school she hopes to further her education with an undergraduate degree in journalism and eventually go on to Law School.
Hoping that she will be able to get into politics. Andrea’ father was diagnosed with a mental illness early in her childhood. Andrea has seen firsthand how mental illness can affect not only the individual but what it does to the family dynamics.
Throughout her reign Andrea is hoping to remove guilt and shame from mental illness, especially for children of those diagnosed with mental illness. And to help eradicate the stigmatism of mental illness.
Since 2001, Trudy Simmons has mentored and counseled women and married couples. She has a Ph.D. from Jacksonville Theological Seminary and is a licensed pastoral counselor and ordained minister. In addition, Trudy has worked over 15 years in the fitness industry as a certified personal trainer and writer for Women’s Health and Fitness magazine helping people achieve their personal fitness goals and establish an overall healthy lifestyle.
Bringing these attributes and skills together, Trudy is uniquely qualified to train women body, soul and spirit. In addition to her regular speaking engagements, Trudy is a frequent guest on the Dottie Coffman radio show, has spoken nationally at the Pure women’s conferences and has been a guest on the Friends and Neighbors TV show.
Dr. Trudy and her husband founded the Seven Bridge Marriage ministry, which provides resources for married couples to strengthen their marriage through seven guiding principles of God’s relationship to mankind. Through this ministry, Dr. Trudy has authored seven marriage study courses and a book on The Marriage Journey.
Everyday Living with Dr. Trudy
Atlanta Live TV
Friends & Neighbors TV Show
The Peggy Denny TV Show
Dottie Coffman Radio Show
As wife, mother of six Brady bunch style, speaker, published author, and bible teacher, Tracy engages her audiences with humor, riviting and heart felt stories of God's continual movement in her life, and practical ways to take home lessons that can change their lives.
She leaves them laughing, crying, and knowing that even in her quirkiness, she is flawed like everyone else. Her passion and excitement makes her stand out and is contagious, leaving them wanting more of the God she owes so much to.
Her life went from years of child abuse, self-harm (Cutting), marrying young, being raped, divorced young, and losing custody of her oldest son for over fifteen years, to laying down in the middle of the road one night to end it all. Years later she was brought to the place in her life where she had enough of life being taken from her and living as a victim.
She now lives life to the fullest, teaching her audiences to use their pain and their past to make them strong for the Lord, and sowing that back into the lives of others in order to give them hope and bring them to the Healer. She desires people to live as Victor's, not Victim's!
Her published work includes her autobiography, "God is Always There". "Little Girl Beautiful" and "Little Boy Brave", each written from the eyes and lives of her and her husband as children. She speaks to many different audiences, whether schools, committees, women conferences and retreats, youth conferences and retreats, social meetings, church audiences, and more.
She loves to travel, especially out of the country ministering to all she can. She is currenty working on a project to help bring awareness about self-harm, and connect God's people together to find help and God-honoring facilities for victims of abuse and self-harm. Come walk with this flawed, ordinary woman, who loves an extraordinary God!"
Cyndi Grace was born in Denver, Colorado into a military family. She became a Christian at the age of 10 in Atwater, California, and at the age of 18 in Long Beach, MS felt God calling her into full-time Christian ministry. She is a graduate of Mississippi College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Jerry, have two grown children.
Several years ago Cyndi's "perfect life" crashed around her and she had to accept that she had been relying on her perceived perfection and not God's grace. From that time God has richly blessed her with a heart for worship and a desire to minister to women who have hurts and needs in their lives.
A native of Tupelo, MS and reared in Peoria, IL, LSherie Dean received her Bachelors of Science degree from Jackson State University in 2007. Dean has built a reputation of being the “go to girl” in Marketing and Social Media. She promotes various events, such as; activities, independent artists, poets, photographers, businesses, brands and individuals who are pressing their purpose on the world. If it’s designed to have a positive impact on the community, she promotes it.
She is committed to helping others reach their goals. Because of her support of others, she has developed prominent relationships by positioning herself as a vital piece of any puzzle. Throughout her career, she has fully engrossed herself in numerous businesses/projects, nationally, regionally, and locally. Dean was featured in the 2012 summer issue of BOOM Jackson Magazine, as one of Jackson, Mississippi’s influential Jacksonians, shortly before launching her business, The LSherie Alert, LLC, the summer of 2012.
The LSherie Alert, LLC was created to support individuals, companies/businesses, projects, and events that produce positive stimulation for their communities. The alert also highlights creative thinkers, spoken word geniuses and independent artists. Her pledge of greatness, “You don’t have to be famous to be relevant. Do something positive!” is reaching all across the globe. In addition to her many accomplishments, Dean was featured in the historical Southern Christian Leadership Conference National Organization Magazine in January 2013, as an “Emerging Leader.”
Along with her current lists of projects and managing her ever- growing business, she has worked as the social media manager for the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute’s 50th Anniversary events and celebration, held in Washington, D.C. and Jackson, MS in 2013. Her goals for The LSherie Alert, LLC are to push positive people and positive issues to the forefront of our society by increasing support and welcoming creativity.
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USA National Miss Gulf State Teen
Hailey Holland is the 17 year old daughter of Marcus and Angela Holland. She is a lifetime resident of Columbia MS. She is the current USA National Miss Gulf State Teen and will be representing our great state July 27-August 1 in Orlando Florida.She attends Prentiss Christian School where she is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the Spanish Club. She has received the Future Physicians and Scientist Award, as well as the volunteer award.
Her platform is Respect Yourself Respect Others and she has spoken to over 1000 kids about how to respect not only yourself but to have respect for those around them. She works around our state and has over 1000 hours of volunteer service, at the young age of 15 she started her own charity called Haileys Hope which gives donations to local cancer patients, She also gives scholarships every year at the Miss High School America pageant to a girl who has overcome the most obstacles to reach her goal.
She has appeared in various newspaper articles and has been in the Glamguide Magazine, Pure Gospel Magazine, and appeared on WDAM, she has modeled for Belk at kidfest, ladies night out and The Pink Ribbon Fund Tea. Her future goals are to attend Southern Miss where she wants to earn a degree and attend Harvard Medical School to become a pediatrician.
Veteran, evolusionary brand strategist, mind shift master, and speaker LaTaye Davis is the CEO of Stilettos in the City PR Firm & Branding, LLC. Stilettos in the City assists veteran entrepreneurs in increasing online visibility, customer engagement, and brand recognition by optimizing branding, public relations, and social media.
LaTaye’s global vision is based on military values and executed with passion and drive. She has worked in the most prestigious military treatment facilities. Her duty assignments included the Pentagon, the White House Medical Unit, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Her sole purpose is to utilize her military skills, knowledge, and life experiences to assist others to decrease expenses, generate revenue, and increase profit.
In 2014, she founded GLObal Leadership Institute which an expert-driven virtual incubator to “challenge women to reflect, transition, and walk in their authority. Once they do this, they can lean in, be the boss, and claim the space they’re in.
LaTaye has shared her strategies on various platforms which include MMIA Magazine, Blogher, and Meridian Star, and MSBA. She has worked with clients internationally crafting strategies in beauty, coaching, technology, and fashion just to name a few. She has spoken at various conferences such as Fab New You Conference and Next Level Success Conference.
Her E-Books include “7 Sins of Social Media: Change Your Approach to Increase Engagement” and “7 Ways in 7 Days to Create an Effective Brand”. Her upcoming projects include Balance in Stilettos Lifestyle, “From Combat Boots to Stilettos”, and Affirmation Journal.