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Jayess teen to compete for state hospitality crown

A Jayess teen will compete in Hattiesburg next week for the state Miss Hospitality crown.

Shayna Tullis, a 2018 graduate of Lawrence County High School, leaves Sunday for the program, now in its 70th year.

The 19-year-old is a sophomore at Southwest Mississippi Community College, where she majors in dental hygiene. She was crowned Lawrence County’s Miss Hospitality in March and will continue to be the county’s ambassador for eight more months.

Tullis heads to Hattiesburg Sunday and will meet the other 42 contestants, rehearse for the dance program and attend social events through Tuesday. The competition begins Wednesday with a one-on-one interview with a pageant judge. She’ll have a panel interview Thursday.

Friday is a judged speech competition and an autograph party at Turtle Creek Mall from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend and meet Tullis.

On July 26 and July 27, she’ll perform dance routines with other contestants and present her live commercial promoting Lawrence County. She’ll also compete in the evening wear portion of the pageant.

The winner will be crowned July 27.

Tullis was featured in a trunk show Thursday night at the Lawrence County Civic Center where she modeled several outfits she’ll wear during the competition.

The 2019 Lawrence County Little Miss Hospitality Caroline Case will participate with Tullis throughout the week in various activities at the pageant.