SHS holds Miss Yellow Jacket pageant

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Photo by: Rachel Adair

Former Miss Yellow Jacket, Gracee Burkley embraces Jasmine Baker Miss Yellow Jacket 2020, after being crowned.

Camille Bardon

STARKVILLE, Miss., Sat., February 15– The Miss Yellow Jacket Pageant took place at the Greensboro Center. Twenty-nine girls showcased their elegance across the stage. Contestants introduced themselves at the beginning. Each contestant was required to submit a bio, to be read during the formal introduction by emcee, Anna Bowen. 

After judges deliberated, the emcee announced the top 12 contestants. The 12 contestants answered random questions provided for their preview before the pageant. This year, the questions were new compared to previous years. 

Class Beauties were as follows: Freshman: Graciann Williams; Sophomore: Mary Carr Eastman; Junior: Emma Katherine Little; Senior: Claudia Rybolt. 

Alternates to Miss Yellow Jacket named: first, Neely Wells; second, Johannah Larson; third Sarah Bailey Zimmerman. 

Neely Wells has competed in Miss Yellow Jacket for three years. 

“I was very excited about getting best dressed but when my name was called for first alternate, I was genuinely shocked and it made me feel like the hard work paid off, Wells said. 

Miss Yellow Jacket 2019 Gracee Burkley crowned senior, Jasmine Baker as Miss Yellow Jacket 2020. 

“Competing in Miss Yellow Jacket for the past four years has been one of the most special parts of high school. I have always placed in the top twelve and gotten a beauty or an alternate, so I am very excited to finish my senior year with a crown. I’m honored to represent Starkville High as Miss Yellow Jacket,” Baker said. 

Jasmine Baker also won the most photogenic award which means the photo she submitted prior to the pageant was selected as the best.  

Senior, Taylor Rupp received “the Fergie” spirit of Miss Yellow Jacket award named in memory of Sherree Ferguson. Fellow contestants chose Rupp for this award. 

April Guo-Yue won the academic achievement and community service awards for having the highest GPA and most community service hours. 

Sarah Bailey Zimmerman received the most elegant award and Neely Wells earned best dressed.