Kaylin Costello

Miss Tupelo Outstanding Teen

Hometown: Tupelo, MS

Hobbies: Baton Twirling, 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 and dance.

Scholastic Honors: I participate in advanced placement courses and I am a member of the National Honor Society, Tupelo High School’s Key Club, Anchor Club, English Honor Society and the all A Honor Roll with a grade point average of 4.0.

Talent: Baton Twirling

Platform: Doniphan Dance Project:  Promoting Modern Dance Opportunities to Underprivileged Youth

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

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I am a state and regional baton twirler and can twirl fire batons.

Best advice you have ever received? Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything.  And life is not fair, it’s how you deal with it that matters.

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

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Making up dance moves in my room while no one is looking is my guilty pleasure.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Science fiction is my favorite genre because they create a sense of wonder allowing me to imagine the possibilities 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 and dancing on Broadway.

Most valuable lesson learned? I have learned 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? Working hard, doing the best and believing everything I do is meaningful are the most important motivators for me.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? I was the only student given the opportunity to choreograph part of my show choir’s competition show.

Best compliment you have ever received? “You are so talented!”

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

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? In history class we played a game where you act out the object that is on your card.  My card was “worm”.  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 like to go skydiving, but I’m not sure my stomach could handle it.

What is your super power? My super power is time management.  I am able to balance my busy schedule of dance lessons, show choir, baton twirling, pageant preparation and still maintain a 4.0 grade point average.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? The Miss Mississippi Program has provided me the opportunity for personal growth and discovery of new things by learning to do things out of my comfort zone.

Describe yourself in one word. “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 junior at tupelo High School where I am involved in show choir and a member of several clubs and honor societies.  I have been twirling a baton since I was five years old.  I began taking lessons from my older sister, and continued lessons from my mom when my sister left for college.  In 2009, I began competing in baton twirling and won the title of Miss Majorette of Mississippi that year.  I have been defending the title through this present year and have attended the National Baton Twirling Association National Contest at Notre Dame twice which is a week-long competition of hundreds of twirlers from all over the country.  I have also twirled on the football field at halftime in front of 70,000 fans at the University of Arkansas twirler day.  Baton Twirling has given me so many wonderful experiences I will never forget.

I enjoy taking modern, contemporary, tap and ballet dance at North MS Dance Centre in Tupelo.  I am also a member of Synergy, which is the show choir at Tupelo High School.  The last two years we have won at regional competitions and competed in Chicago at the national competition.  We will be attending nationals again in April of this year.

My faith in God, my family and friends are very important to me.  My sisters, are eleven and thirteen years older than me.  I am active in the youth program at Orchard United Methodist Church in Tupelo and I enjoy spending time with friends and family at the pool, beach and lake.  Even though I am re-headed and have fair skin, 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, The Doniphan Dance Project, was inspired by my love for dance.  My dance teacher, Roxie Thomas Clayton, is the founder of the project, which is a non-profit organization to promote awareness and further 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 was an integral part of that revitalization in 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 the area.  There are many youth in this area that do not have the money to take dance classes at a regular dance studio.  Doniphan Dance Project was created to change that.

The goal of the project is to teach dance to local Boys and Girls Club or any type of after school programs in hopes that these underprivileged children learn to live up to their potential.  Not all children are interested in sports.  This project gives children who are not involved in sports the opportunity to do something they love after school.  Giving children the opportunity to be involved in after school programs, make it less likely for them to get into trouble and to stay active and healthy.  I love seeing the expressions on the children when they learn to dance!