POPLARVILLE - A freshman from Purvis won the Miss PRCC Wildcat crown on Jan. 28 during competition with nine other Pearl River Community College students.
Mary Kate Lott receives a one-semester scholarship along with her crown.
Runners up were Belle Failla of Picayune, first; Sarah Smith of Petal, second; Megan Triplett of Pass Christian, third; and Keeli Clark of Franklinton, La., fourth.
Failla was chosen as Miss Congeniality by the other contestants and also received the judges’ interview award. Smith received the physical fitness award, and Lott received the presence and composure award.
Lott, the daughter of Matt and Amy Lott of Purvis, is a graduate of Purvis High School. She is majoring in international business and plans to work in public relations for an international corporation. Her long-range goals include earning a PhD in international business.
At PRCC, she is a member of the River Navigators recruitment team and of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Kaitlin Cooper of Picayune, Miss PRCC Wildcat for 2015 and now a student at Southeastern Louisiana University, crowned her successor.
Also participating in the pageant were Annessya Culpepper of Columbia, Ellen Hall of Purvis, Alexis Pickens of Hattiesburg, Ishtar Rosario-Medina of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and Ebony Spiller of Houston, Texas.
Judges were Holly Cuevas of Hattiesburg, David O’Quin of Poplarville and Edna Parker of Picayune. Mistress of ceremonies was Lauren Baker of Poplarville, PRCC’s Student Support Services academic success counselor.
Students from Sunni’s Elite Dance Academy in Poplarville entertained during times when the contestants were changing clothes and the judges were tabulating scores.
Mary Kate Lott of Purvis, center, was crowned Miss PRCC Wildcat on Jan. 28. With her are, from left, Belle Failla of Picayune, first runner up, Miss Congeniality and winner of the judges' interview; Sarah Smith of Petal, second runner up and physical fitness winner; Megan Triplett of Pass Christian, third runner up; and Keeli Clark, fourth runner up. Lott also received the presence and composure award.
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