Mary Randall Ivy of Oxford is representing the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce this week at the annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant in Hattiesburg. Ivy is one of 30 contestants from across the state that will compete for over $100,000 in scholarships and prizes and for the title of Mississippi Miss Hospitality 2015, a tradition dating back to 1949.
The weeklong pageant began on July 26 and culminates with two nights of pageantry today and tomorrow. A winner will be crowned tomorrow night.
“I am honored to be selected as this year’s Miss Hospitality for Oxford-Lafayette County,” said Ivy. “Growing up in this community has positively influenced my life and provided me with so many unique experiences.”
Ivy is a 2014 graduate of Oxford High School and is currently a sophomore at the University of Mississippi, where she studies communication sciences and disorders with plans to become an audiologist.
Ivy is a member of Phi Mu, an Ole Miss Diamond Girl and is on the Ole Miss Student Activities Council. In her spare time Ivy enjoys playing piano, reading, painting and photography and dog sitting. She is a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.
“We are very pleased with our judge’s selection of our contestant for the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant. Mary Randall is such a sweet and beautiful young lady. We know she will be a wonderful representative for Oxford because she exemplifies the image and personality of a true Miss Hospitality,” said Pam Swain, Senior Vice President of the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and local Miss Hospitality board member.
If she is crowned Mississippi Miss Hospitality 2015, Ivy will travel throughout the state and country promoting Mississippi’s tourism, industry and economic development. She will also serve as its goodwill ambassador for one year, showing hospitality to everyone she meets.
As the local Miss Hospitality, Ivy will be a representative of the community at local functions, ribbon cuttings and other special events. Ivy will also be available to the public for appearances at festivals and local community events, as well as useful for local radio spots.
“It is a privilege to represent this growing community, my hometown, at the state pageant and show everyone in Mississippi just how much we have to offer,” Ivy said.
Oxford’s Miss Hospitality is sponsored by the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on participating in the Miss Hospitality Pageant, or to book the Oxford Miss Hospitality for a public event, contact Pam Swain at the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce.
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