ELLISVILLE – Jones College sophomore from Ellisville, Caidyn Crowder was crowned Most Beautiful at the annual Jones College Most Beautiful Pageant, held April 20, in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The biology major was crowned by JC sophomore and 2020 Most Beautiful, Dariyel Johnson of Leakesville. JonesOnstage provided entertainment, and Allyson Knotts emceed the event.
The pageant’s regularly scheduled fall event was postponed due to COVID-19. As vaccinations continue and COVID-19 cases drop, the college began adding spring events, including the pageant. Thirteen ladies participated in this year’s event sponsored by the college yearbook staff.
“Our number of pageant contestants may have been fewer this year due to the pandemic, but it was no less beautiful,” said Kelly Atwood, Lair yearbook advisor. “I have so many people to thank for such a wonderful night: Dr. Tessa Flowers for planning and directing the event, Bruce Smith and Dr. Jennifer Bruton for their work with Jones OnStage, Wendy Wilkerson for the greenery, Patrick Trest for technical support, and all the behind-the-scenes employees who helped make the night perfect.”
A Top Six were chosen this year, which included Crowder, Keely Skellion of Ellisville, Rylee Brabham of Waynesboro, First alternate-Lydia Ruth Odom of Bay Springs, Second alternate-Brinley Bullock of Laurel and Third alternate Karsyn Ulmer of Laurel.
Three additional ladies were also awarded special recognition, including Most Photogenic, Kyra Lampley; Miss Congeniality, Josarah Slover; and Best Essay, Brinley Bullock.