Kaylin CostelloMiss Jackson
Platform: Doniphan Dance Project: Promoting Modern Dance Opportunities to Area Youth
Talent: Baton Twirling to Glee’s, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Tupelo High School
What is your major?
What is your scholastic ambition? I plan to graduate high school with honors and attend college on a twirling scholarship to study kinesiology and get my masters in movement therapy.
List scholastic honors: Participating in advanced placement courses, a member of Tupelo High School’s Key Club, Anchor Club, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, A Honor roll with a 4.0 grade point average and offered college scholarships based on ACT score and GPA
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Winning overall best stage presence at the 2017 Fame National Show Choir competition in Chicago, IL.
What is your favorite style of music? My favorite style of music changes depending on my mood on that day. I love any kind of music that is fun to dance to and can make me feel like I’m on top of the world.
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.
What is your favorite gadget? My computer because I love writing and being able to create wonderful stories about everyday life while simultaneously listening to my Spotify playlist.
What is your favorite blog? I don’t really follow any blogs but I love keeping up with Miss America through social media, including where she is traveling and what events she is attending
What is your favorite place to visit? Fayetteville, AR because it is such a beautiful town and is the home of the University of Arkansas where I want to attend and be a member of the majorette line in the fall of 2018.
What is your favorite food? Japanese cuisine
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? The Bible so I could grow closer to God and know that he is with me in my time of need.
Do you twitter? I do have a twitter account but I don’t tweet very often. I normally just look at my timeline to see what is going on in the news.
What is your favorite?
Sport: College Football
Sports Team: Arkansas Razorback’s
Actor: Dylan O’Brien
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Television Program: So You Think You Can Dance
Wardrobe Accessory: Kendra Scott Necklace
Thing to do on a weekend: I like to hang out with friends and family in the back yard by the pool or at the lake on summer weekends. In the fall my family and I spend most weekends tailgating at SEC football games.
Way to spend a day off: I love to relax and listen to music and spend the day with people I love.
What is your hometown like? My hometown of Tupelo is a close knit community with loving people who are very welcoming to everyone they come in contact with. There are so many events providing opportunities for engagement among the citizens and the community is very supportive of local organizations.
What were you like when you were a child? When I was a child I was very shy except when I was dancing or twirling baton. I grew up dancing and twirling in my living room for my family. Through dance and performance my confidence grew and I began to be more at ease meeting and talking to new people.
Who is the most influential person in your life? My mom because she is my biggest fan and does so much for me and is so supportive of everything that I do. She has taught me to make the best of all circumstances and to never let anything prevent me from pursuing my dreams.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People may not realize that I have won awards on the state, regional and national level for baton twirling. I have been Miss Majorette of Mississippi for nine consecutive years, Miss Majorette of the South, and also placed in the top ten in the overall solo competition at the National baton Twirling Associations Championships at the University of Notre Dame.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: A defining moment in my life was when I began dancing at the age of three. Since then dance became my passion. My love for dance is what inspired me to pursue the Doniphan Dance Project as my platform.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? The Miss America Program has provided me the opportunity for personal growth and discovery of new things by learning to step outside of my comfort zone.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? My hope at the end of my year of service as Miss Mississippi, is to impact the great state of Mississippi and its’ youth through my platform, the Doniphan Dance Project. I hope to decrease the obesity percentage in children and to decrease the violence rate in Mississippi by promoting my platform as an opportunity to give youth a more proactive way to spend their time.
What is your secret wish or dream? To be a star on Dancing with the Stars TV Reality Show.
I’m motivated by: Working hard, doing my best and believing that everything I do is meaningful.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? I have been a principle dancer in the Doniphan Dance Project for 4 years and am very passionate about dance. I believe that it is very important for the youth of today to pursue their dreams so they won’t turn to other things that will impact their lives in a negative way.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? The birth of my nephew, Aiden, in 2012. In 2015, he was diagnosed with autism. He has changed my view of people and the world.
The one thing I can’t live without: My faith in God.
My best friend would describe me as: A very confident and beautiful soul whom she could talk to about anything she was worried about because I am always positive and up lifting.
Something interesting about my family: I am a third generation baton twirler. I have a followed in the footsteps of and learned from my sisters, mother and grandmother.
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: In history class, we played a game where you act out the object on your card. My card was a “worm”, so I got down on the floor and started doing the worm!
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I would like to go skydiving, but I’m not sure my stomach could handle it.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I do not have any pets I have wanted a dog for as long as I can remember but my parents have had dogs in the past and did not have the best of luck with them.