A tea pageant was held on Sunday, March 3 at Panola Partnership followed by a reception at Court Street Catering where the winners were announced. Eleven young ladies vied for the title of Panola County Miss Hospitality. Ladies from Batesville and Sardis competed for their spot in the state’s Missisippi Miss Hospitality. Chandler Llana, 2012 Panola County Miss Hospitality and 2012 Mississippi Miss Hospitality was on hand to crown this year’s winner.
Olivia Battle of Batesville was crowned the 2013 Panola County Miss Hospitality. Olivia is a graduate of South Panola High School and attends the University of Mississippi. She hopes to be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist working in pediatrics. Olivia will represent Panola County in the state Miss Hospitality Pageant in Hattiesburg this July.
First runner-up for the 2013 pageant is Jackae Cartwright of Sardis. Jackae is a senior at South Panola High School and will attend Mississippi University for Women in Columbus in the fall to begin work toward a degree is nursing. She hopes to be a Nurse Practitioner.
Other contestants included Erin Barbee, Elizabeth Burkhalter, Katherine Dixon, Kyra Henderson, Katelyn Still, Kimberly Waller, Maggie Williams, Mary Wilson, and Mary Ruth Womble.