Kaylin Costello

Miss Historic Crossroads’ Outstanding Teen

Hometown:    Tupelo, MS

Hobbies:        Twirling baton, dancing and singing

School:           Tupelo High School

Scholastic Ambition:  I plan to graduate high school with honors and attend college on a twirling scholarship to study journalism.

Scholastic Honors: I am a member of the National Honor Society, Tupelo High School’s Key Club. I participate in advanced placement courses and have been on the A Honor Roll through out high school so far.

Talent:            Baton Twirling

Platform:        Doniphan Dance Project: Promoting modern dance opportunities to area youth

What makes you special and unique?  My red hair, freckles, and fiery personality make me unique.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?  People may not realize that I am a state and regional baton twirling champion.

Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I have ever received is don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything.

What can’t you live without?  I cannot live without my faith in God.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure is watching, “Boy Meets World”, a Disney TV show.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is science fiction because they are amazing, allowing me to dream of an alternate world.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I will have graduated from college and will be living in New York City working as a reporter for the Today Show.

Most valuable lesson learned? My most valuable lesson ever learned would be not to count your chickens before they hatch and never give up on your dreams.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model is my dance teacher, Roxie Clayton, because she always has a positive attitude and helps those who are less fortunate.

What motivates you? The fact that I have to be the best in everything that I do is what motivates me.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title?  My greatest achievement would have to be twirling at half time at a MS State basketball game.

Best compliment you have ever received?  The best compliment that I have ever received was, “You are so talented.”

Secret wish or dream? My secret wish is to be a star on Dancing with the Stars TV Reality Show.

1What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? The most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to was one time in history class we were playing a game where you have to act out the thing that is on your card and it was my turn to act out.  My card had worm on it and I got down on the floor and started doing the worm.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would really like to go skydiving, but I really don’t like the feeling of my stomach being taken away.

What is your super power? My super power is being able take five and half hours of dance a week and still having enough energy to practice baton before or after dance.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I have learned that the people are not what you expect them to be.  I expected everyone to be rude, but I have been proven very wrong by the amazing friendships I have made.

Describe yourself in one word.  If I had to describe myself in one word, I would say I am talented.

A Fun Family Fact?  I am a third generation baton twirler. I have followed in the footsteps of and learned from my sisters, mother and grandmother.

Please write a short essay describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are.

I am a sophomore at Tupelo High School in Tupelo, MS, where I take many advanced placement classes and I am also on the “A” honor roll.   I have been twirling baton since I was five years old.  I originally started taking from my older sister, but when she went off to college my mom took over. I have defended the title of Miss Majorette of MS since 2009, which was my first year to compete, through the present year. I have been fortunate enough to attend the National Baton Twirling Association’s National Contest at Notre Dame twice. It was an experience that I will never forget. I competed with hundreds of twirlers from all over the country for a solid week. Twirling at the University of Arkansas’ twirler day was also an extraordinary experience. I twirled on the football field at half time in front of 70,000 fans.

I enjoy taking five and half hours of dance a week at North Ms Dance Centre. These classes include modern, contemporary, hip hop, and ballet. My love for dance is actually what inspired my platform which is the Donipahn Dance Project.  My dance teacher, Roxie Thomas Clayton, is the founder of the project. My study of dance has allowed me to be a member of Synergy, which is the show choir at Tupelo High School.  Last year we won at regional competition and competed in Chicago at the national competition.

My faith in God, my family and friends are very important to me. I have sisters that are eleven and thirteen years older than me. I attend the Orchard United Methodist Church in Tupelo, where I am active in the youth program. Disciple Now is a church event that I attend, which is made up of youth from all over the area and takes place over a weekend each January. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out friends and family at the pool, beach and lake. Even though I am red headed and have a fair complexion, I still love being outside in the sun, with lots of sunscreen on of course.

Please write a short essay explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject.

My platform is the Doniphan Dance Project, which is a non-profit organization that was created by Roxie Thomas Clayton to promote awareness and further the knowledge of modern dance to area youth.  This project was created many years ago, but was recently revived and I am proud to say that I have been a member since October of 2014. Since I have joined the project I have been surprised and very moved by the talent that hasn’t been discovered in the Tupelo area youth, because of resources in this area.  It has recently come to my attention that the youth in this area do not have the money to take dance classes at a dance studio.  Doniphan Dance Project was created to change that.  This project’s goal is to go to local Boys and Girls Club’s or any type of after school programs and teach underprivileged kids how to dance so they can live up to their full potential.

August 15, 2015, Doniphan Dance Project had a performance at the Tupelo Civic Auditorium to raise money and awareness by inviting the whole community to attend where attendees were encouraged to donate money to the project. Doniphan Dance Project raised over $3,000 that night and has since raised over $20,000.  Many dancers, including myself, practiced from October to August in order to put on this performance.  We practiced once a month from October 2014 to May 2015.  Starting in the summer of 2015 we had two hour practices three days a week, sometimes four.  We put our heart and souls into that show, because it was for something we all felt very strongly about and didn’t want to let anybody down.  We invited two girls who had never been taught to dance properly to be in the show and perform with us.  Seeing the way their faces lit up about learning what they love to do made all the hours of practice very well worth it.  In fact, it has inspired me to want to do more to provide dance opportunities to those who may not otherwise have the chance.

I hope to continue to contribute to the raising of additional money in order to give more kids the opportunity to take dance and learn what they are passionate about.  I can’t wait to see how many more children I will be able to reach all over Mississippi with my continued involvement in the Doniphan Dance Project.