Gulf Coast announces royal court
From THE SUN HERALD
The Gulf Coast Carnival Association has named its royal court for its 2004 Coronation Ball that will take place 8 p.m. at the Coast Coliseum and Convention Center on Monday, Feb. 23.
Jacqueline Marie Baker of Biloxi is the daughter Joe Baxter Jr. and Amanda J. Baker of Biloxi. Her maternal grandparents are Frank and Amelia Barhanovich of Biloxi. Her paternal grandparents are Joe Sr. and Blanche Baker of Madison. She graduated from Mercy Cross High School, Biloxi, with high honors, was a senior class beauty and a member of the National Honor Society. She is a senior majoring in marketing communications with emphasis in public relations at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, where she is assistant social chairman and philanthropy, rush chairman for Kappa Delta, Dean's Honor Roll and is a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She is involved with Habitat for Humanity and Girl Scouts. She was a Gulf Coast Debutante in 2001. Her mother was maid to Queen Ixolib Vita Canizzaro in 1972.
Jamie Lyn Barhanovich of Biloxi is the daughter of Mark and Jerrie Barhanovich of Biloxi. Her maternal grandparents are the late Billie D. McNeil of Biloxi and the late Charles E. Patrick of Texas. Her stepfather is Francis P. McNeil of Biloxi. Paternal grandparents are the late F. "Yankee" Barhanovich of Biloxi and Myrtle Diaz Barhanovich of Biloxi. She is a 2000 graduate of Mercy Cross High School, Biloxi, where she was an honor roll student, member of the National Honor Society, class officer, yearbook sports editor, beauty in Who's Who, varsity cheerleader and MVP defense in softball and All Division softball team. She is a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, where she expects to earn a bachelor of science degree in hospitality management in May. She is a University of Southern Mississippi Leadership Scholar, and youth chaperone for the American Academy of Family Physicians in San Diego, Calif. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority, The Legacy, Professional Convention Management Association and Prevention of Child Abuse of America. She is a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, and the Order of Billikins Mardi Gras Club. She is an American Legion Auxiliary Girl's State delegate, Biloxi Tercentennial Commission Class of 2000 delegate, Miss Congeniality and first runner-up in the Biloxi Lions Club Camellia Queen Pageant and Harrison County Miss Hospitality. Her uncle, J.J. Pierotich, was a duke in 1997; cousin Melissa Pierotich - flag bearer 1998; cousin Meredith Cash-Dysher - maid 1997; cousin David Wheeler - duke 1996; cousin Don Marie Jr. - duke 1998 and captain 2003-04.
Shelby Kay Brune is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Weeks Jr. of Biloxi. Her maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Brune Sr. of Ocean Springs. She attended Mercy Cross High School, Biloxi, and was a 2002 honors graduate, a member of the National Honor Society, Who's Who Among American High School Students, cheerleader and homecoming maid. She is a sophomore majoring in merchandising at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority, member of the Varsity Rebelette Dance Team, Diamond Girl for Ole Miss baseball team and a member of Campus Crusade for Christ. She is a member of Nativity BVM Cathedral Parish in Biloxi and serves as a Eucharistic minister. Her father was King D'Iberville in 1977. She has entertained as a Mardi Gras dancer for the coronation balls in 2001 and 2002, as a member of Kelli's Steps Showstoppers of Biloxi.
Audry Miles Bailey is the daughter of Sherwood Bailey Jr. and Betty Bailey of Gulfport. Her maternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Miles. Paternal grandparents are Mrs. Audry Bailey and the late Mr. Sherwood Bailey. She graduated magna cum laude from St. John High School, Gulfport, where she was on the National Honor Society, was a class favorite (junior year), homecoming maid (senior year), three-time state tennis champion, basketball state champion, most athletic girl (senior year), and High Point Scholar Athlete. She is a sophomore at Mississippi State University, Starkville, studying pre-pharmacy. She is a Dean's List student, a member of Kappa Delta sorority, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Gulfport. Her father has been a duke and king; her sister Katy Bailey was a page to Queen Ixolib and a flag bearer and Audry Miles Bailey was page to King Woody and flag bearer.
Caroline J. Kovacevich of Ocean Springs is the daughter of Jeff and Sybil Sauls and Carroll and Marleen Kovacevich. Her maternal grandparents are Henry and Melba Gutierrez of Biloxi. Her paternal grandparents are Beverly Kovacevich and the late Ivan Kovacevich of Biloxi. She is a graduate of Ocean Springs High School, where she was a four-year homecoming maid, cheerleader, class beauty and class favorite, selected to Who's Who Among American High School Students, Phi Phi Kappa Sweetheart, Cotillion sorority, and named Queen of Cool by The Sun Herald's Teen Board. She attends the University of Texas at Austin, where she majors in nursing. She served as vice president of member education during her freshman year at The University of Central Florida. She was photographed and selected as one of the top female representatives with Abercrombie & Fitch Organizations, Clubs, etc., and she is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She is a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, where she has been involved with the Children's International Summer Village for 10 years, traveling to France, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Canada. She was selected in 1997 to participate in America's Adventures Group Survival Program in Hawaii and chosen as a 2002 delegate to Australia and New Zealand representing the International Mission on Medicine. Her aunt, Roxann Gutierrez Dollins, was a 1970 page; aunt Rachel Gutierrez - 1990 maid; cousin Lauren Gutierrez Wilson - 1984 Queen Ixolib and stepdad Jeffrey Sauls - 2001 duke.
Ashleigh Ann Pickich of Biloxi is the daughter of Joseph H. and Cordelia G. Leckich. Her paternal grandparents are Jerry and Jackie Pickich of Biloxi. She is a graduate of Mercy Cross High School, Biloxi, where she played softball for three years. She also attended Girls State. She is a senior at Mississippi State University, Starkville, majoring in fashion merchandising business. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and Nativity B.V.M. Cathedral. She received a scholarship from the Slavic Benevolent Association. Her grandfather, Joeseph H. Leckich, was a duke in 1980 and Ashleigh Pickich was a flag bearer in 1995.
Shanel Marie St. Arnaud of Biloxi is the daughter of Jim and Lezlee Hardin of Biloxi and Mike St. Arnaud of Hammond, La. Her maternal grandparents are Roger and Claudette Champaigne of Biloxi. Her paternal grandparents are John and Marcel St. Arnaud of Biloxi. She is a 2000 honors graduate of D'Iberville High School, D'Iberville, where she was a varsity cheerleader, UCA All-Star cheerleader, senior class treasurer, senior homecoming maid, senior class cutest, Key Club, United States National Leadership Award, U.S. Achievement Award, Congressional Youth Leadership Council. She is a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, majoring in nursing. She is a Leadership Scholar and Dean's List student. She is director of Sponsorship and Honor Board, member of Delta Gamma sorority, Catholic Student Association, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, and USM Student Government Association Freshman associate. She is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a Relay for Life volunteer. Her cousin Clayton Courtney was a flag bearer and cousin Dana V. Farris was a maid.
Lauren Michelle Theobald of Biloxi is the daughter of Stephen and Cheryl Theobald. Her maternal grandparents are Mrs. Louise D. Begue and the late Travis A. Begue of Biloxi. Her paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George D. Theobald of Vicksburg. She attended Nativity B.V.M. kindergarten through sixth grade and Mercy Cross High School, where she was senior class friendliest, highest honors, a member of the French Honor Society, and recipient of the Christian Fellowship Award. She is a senior at Millsaps College, Jackson, majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. She is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta (pre-med honorary), Epsilon Sigma Alpha (women's honorary), Beta Beta Beta (biology honorary). Her brother, Scott, flag bearer; sister Tahler, flag bearer; Lauren Michelle Theobald, flag bearer.
Kenny Holloway of Biloxi, son of A.J. Holloway Sr. (deceased) and Iris Letort Holloway of Ocean Springs. He and his wife, Dianne, have two daughters, Kendall and Payton. He attended Ocean Springs High School. While there, he was named Mr. Ocean Springs High School, student body president, listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students and was on the football and golf teams. He attended Millsaps College in Jackson and earned a BBA in 1983. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He has been president of Car Care Company Inc. of Biloxi, Gulfport and Ocean Springs for nine years. Dianne is the secretary/treasurer for Car Care Company. He was the 2001 president of the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Coast Chamber Executive Committee. Currently, he is a member of Biloxi Rotary Club and Greater Biloxi Economic Development Fund Board. He attends Nativity B.V.M. Cathedral and is a member of the Nativity B.V.M. School Board. His daughter, Kendall, was a flag bearer in 2003. His cousin, Natalie Thiac, is a past queen.
Jim McArthur of Biloxi is married to Jenny and they have two sons, Jake and Winn. His parents are Jim and Lynn McArthur of Jackson. He attended Madison Ridgeland Academy in Madison, where he was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, golf team and basketball team. He attended the University of Mississippi, Oxford, where he was the Sigma Chi fraternity alumni chairman. He has been the manager of business development for the Gulf Coast Division of Yates Construction in Biloxi for nine years. He is on the board of directors of the Mississippi Kidney Foundation. Jenny is a mom. He is a member and served on multiple committees with Associated Builders and Contractors and is a Stewpot volunteer. He is a member of Biloxi Bay Chamber, Coast Chamber and on the Membership Development Committee. He is a member of St. Mark's, Gulfport Yacht Club and the Ole Miss Alumni Board. He is a Yugoslav Champion.
Andrew Meyers of Biloxi is married to Kim Eleuterius Meyers. They have a son, Cade Nicholas Meyers. Andrew is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Meyers of Meridian. His parents-in-law are Mr. and Mrs. Rocky Eleuterius of Biloxi. He attended Meridian High School in Meridian, where he graduated with honors, was a member of the National Honor Society, was Scholar Athlete of the Year and a varsity letterman in baseball and football. He graduated with a bachelor of business administration and a minor in sociology from Millsaps College in Jackson, where he was a fraternal officer and a four-year varsity baseball letterman. For the past two years he has been a financial products specialty licensed registered representative with State Farm Insurance Company of Bloomington, Ill., and he also works out of agency field offices in both Gulfport and Mobile, Ala. He is currently pursuing the CHFC financial designation. Kim works part time with State Farm Insurance. He is also a graduate of the Class of 1996 Rankin County Leadership Program. He is a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Gulfport and a member of Revelers and Bayou Bluff Tennis Club. Kim was a 1995 maid and his sister-in-law, Mia Eleuterius Palazzo, was a maid in 1997.
Chet Nadolski of Biloxi is married to Heather D. Nadolski and they have two children, Chase and Maren Kate. Chet is the son of Chet and Mary Nadolski of Cumming, Ga. He attended Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C., where he was a four-year letterman and a member of the honor society. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., for undergraduate work, and the University of Missouri, Rolla, Mo., where he graduated summa cum laude, was a letterman football linebacker, and completed the United States Army Corps of Engineers advance course. He has been vice president Gulf Coast Division of W.G. Yates and Sons Construction Company, Biloxi, with headquarters in Philadelphia, for eight years. Heather is a registered nurse with Gulfport Memorial Hospital. He is a member of Main Street Biloxi and Leadership Gulf Coast. He is a five-year, retired, captain, Corps of Engineers, Airborne, and he is a member of Nativity B.V.M.
Terry A. Reed of Ocean Springs is married to Cathy D. Reed and they have two daughters, Dianne and Jessica. He attended the University of Houston and Mississippi Gulf Coast College, where he earned a degree in business. He is the owner of W.P. Shelton, Jeweler, Reed Enterprises - Rentals Inc., and A Special Invitation Inc. He is a past officer of Mississippi Retail Jewelers Association and convention chairman. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He is a member of Fairbanks Methodist Church, and Biloxi Elks 606, Gulf Hills Golf Club.
Gavin Johnson Schmidt of Biloxi is married to Stacy Mahoney Schmidt. They have one child, Gavin Johnson Schmidt Jr. Gavin Sr. is the son of Dr. Richard Schmidt and Mary Sue Veal of Biloxi. He attended Biloxi High School, where he is in the Biloxi High School Hall of Fame. He attended Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La. He has been the director of finance for Palace Casino Resort, Biloxi, for seven years. Stacy is employed by Mary Mahoney's Old French House. He is a past president of Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum and past president of Biloxi Yacht Club and past commodore. He is a past president of Biloxi Bay Chamber and a member of Our Lady of Fatima. Stacy was Queen Ixolib 1992. His grandfather, Dr. Harry Schmidt Sr., was King D'Iberville 1950. His father, Dr. Richard Schmidt, was a duke in 1989 and a page in 1950. His brother, Richard Schmidt Jr., was page to the queen in 1982.
Richard "Ric" L. Williams Jr. of Gulfport is married to Donna Haynes Williams, and they have a daughter, 2-year-old Analeise Lauren Williams. Richard is the son of Dr. James and Mrs. Dorlean D. Spiers of Wiggins. He attended Stone County High School in Wiggins where he was an honors graduate in 1983. He was a four-year District and State Science Fair winner and a finalist; Mississippi State Engineering Society Competition - South State; champion and state runner-up; and four-year baseball letterman. He earned a master's of business administration (1993) from William Carey College, Hattiesburg, a bachelor of business administration (1987) from Mississippi State University, Starkville, an associate of arts (1985) from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston. He attended Southern Methodist University - Cox School of Business, American Banker's Association Graduate School of Commercial Lending, 2003, College for Financial Planning Graduate and Board Certification, 2002, Cannon Financial Institute, Scottsdale, Arizona, Private Banking School, (I & II) Graduate, 2000, Mississippi State University Varsity Cheerleader, 1986-1987, Lambda Chi Alpha rush chairman and executive council member, 1986-1987, MGCCC-Perkinston class president, 1984-1985, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College football cheerleader, 1984-1985. For the past three years he has been the first vice president, premier banking officer and certified financial planner for BancorpSouth Bank, Gulfport. He has been in the banking/financial services industry for 12 years. His wife, Donna, is owner of Party Girls LLC, Custom Invitations and Gifts, Ocean Springs. He is a member of Mississippi Young Bankers Association, member of Rotary International Group Study Exchange with Melbourne, Australia, 1992, Junior Achievement instructor, 1999-2000, Biloxi Bay Chamber Membership Drive team captain, 2000, Biloxi Lion's Club member and 1999 Rookie of the Year, Boy Scouts of America 1999 District Expo chairman, American Heart Association team captain, 1997-2000, MGCCC Alumni Association scholarship chairman, 2002. He is involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a board member, 2003; Gulfport Yacht Club member; and Gulf Coast Carnival Association member. He is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Gulfport, where he is currently serving as elder, youth Sunday school teacher and vice-chairman of past youth director. His wife, Donna Haynes Williams, was Queen Ixolib 1991 and maid to Queen Ixolib, 1988; sister-in-law, Denise Lauren Haynes - Queen Ixolib 2001; father-in-law, Jimmy Haynes - duke to King D'Iberville 1994; first cousin, Jana Lynn Long - maid to Queen Ixolib 1991.
Frank J. Wilem Jr. of Gulfport is married to Dee Dee Calvert Wilem and their children are Brittany Wilem, Chris and Michael Garcia (stepsons). Frank is the son of Frank Sr. and Mildred Wilem of Biloxi. Frank Jr. attended West High School, Torrance, Calif. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and MS ocean engineering, University of Miami (Florida). He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi honor engineering fraternities. His resumι includes Texas Instruments (1974-1976); Chrysler (1976 - 1978); Computer Science Corp. (1978-1988); Triton Systems, Inc. (1981-1998) - where he was founder and former senior executive vice president. He was responsible for corporate development including marketing, sales, engineering and product conception/development. The company won the INC 500 award three years running, rating as high as 30 out of 500. He grew the company from start-up to over $75 million in sales prior to sale to Dover Industries in March 2000. He is a patent holder for seismic source phasing system design; president and member of the Mississippi Sound Historical Foundation board of directors; member of the board of directors of the Mississippi Enterprise of Technology at Stennis Space Center; member of the Westminster Academy board of directors; member of the Mississippi Big Game Club board of directors; founder and former president of the Marine Technology Society; Gulf Coast Section founder and former president of the Stennis Space Center Dive Club.
Abigail Kathrine Abide (Abby) of Biloxi is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Abide. She attends Nativity B.V.M. Elementary, where she is an honor roll student. She is also a Frances Karnes Gifted Studies student at the University of Southern Mississippi, and a state finalist in Reader's Digest Word Search. She is a member of Nativity B.V.M. Cathedral; cantor, member of Contemporary Choir, and member of Lynn Meadows Wings Performing Group. She is the youngest winner on ABC's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." Peter Abide was a 2000 duke. She enjoys piano, theater, singing and dancing. She has two sisters, Victoria and Caroline Abide.
Juliet Marie Harlow, 11, of Collierville, Tenn., is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Harlow II. She attends Crosswind Elementary in Collierville, Tenn., where she is an honor student, member of National League Junior Cotillions of Memphis and a Junior Girl Scout. Her sister was a 2001 flag bearer; uncle - duke 1999, co-captain 2001 and 2002 and captain 2003 & 2004. She enjoys soccer, softball and drawing. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Marie Sr.
William Cole Mavar of Gulfport is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Mavar Jr. He attends St. James Catholic School, where he is an honor roll student. He is a member of St. James Parish and Biloxi Yacht Club. He is a basketball player at St. James School, plays junior youth soccer and baseball league, and is a member of St. James track team and golf. His mother, Karen Williams Mavar, was a 1981 maid to Queen Ixolib. His dad, Sam Mavar Jr., was a 1978 duke to King D'Iberville, Jack Thompson, and Motsie Creel was a 1974 key girl.
Cameron Nicholas Platt of Biloxi is the son of Darryl and Marion Platt. He attends Nativity B.V.M. Elementary, Biloxi, where he is has been on the A honor roll for three years. He is a member of Nativity Church; a member of the Biloxi Yacht Club and Biloxi Soccer League for four years. He is an All Star for Biloxi National Baseball, and was invited to the Regional Science Fair by Nativity Elementary, Biloxi Little League Football.
Meredith Grace Wagener of Ocean Springs is the daughter of Troy and Vickie Wagener of Ocean Springs. Her maternal grandparents are Thomas Lacy Grand (deceased) and Jacqueline Grand of Baton Rouge, La. Her paternal grandparents are Gerald J. Wagener (deceased) and Joy Wagener of Baton Rouge, La. She attended St. Alphonsus Elementary, Ocean Springs, and currently attends Mercy Cross High School, Biloxi, where she is an honor roll (9th-12th) student, Key Club member, All American Scholar Award winner, Who's Who, Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), Mercy Cross Campus Ministry Team, Interact Club, Senior Class secretary, 2004 page to House of Representatives and a three-year letterman in tennis. She is active in CYO, St. Alphonsus Parish, Science Club vice president, member of Mu Alpha Theta and attended Girls State in 2003. Her father was a previous duke, and her sister, Beverly Wagener, was page.
Amanda Kane Archbold, 13, is the daughter of David and Sharon Archbold of Ocean Springs. She attends Mercy Cross High School and her hobbies/activities include dance, Mercy Cross Junior High basketball team, member of Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) and the Biloxi Yacht Club.
Alexis Marie Broussard, 11, is the daughter of Sherman and Julann Broussard of Biloxi. She attends Our Lady of Fatima, and her hobbies/activities include being a member of the competition team at Gulf Coast School of Performing Arts, swimming, watching television, reading and playing with her three Labrador retrievers.
Taylor Cook, 12, is the daughter of Vickie Gryder-Cook of Biloxi and Glenn Cook of Ocean Springs. She attends Michel Seventh Grade School, and her hobbies/activities include being a Student Council member, cheerleader, an honor roll student, participant in Children's International Summer Village, participant of People to People World Leadership Forum, an altar server for Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Junior CYO member for Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and Biloxi Girl's Softball League president. She also enjoys computer activities, socializing with her friends, playing with her dogs and watching television.
Zachary "Zak" Fountain, 14, of Ocean Springs is the son of Grady and Trudy Fountain and Thomas R. Metz. He attends Mercy Cross High School and his hobbies/activities include football, soccer, snowboarding, traveling and talking on his cell phone.
Rachel Briann Gill, 12, of Columbia, S.C., is the daughter of Lt. Col. Joseph I. Gill, currently stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Susan K. Gill. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph I. Gill Jr. of Ocean Springs and Col. (ret.) and Mrs. William S. Kittrell of Tacoma, Wash. She is also the great-great-granddaughter of Professor Salvadone Navarro, builder of the first Mardi Gras floats. Rachel's grandmother was Helea Gill, secretary of Gulf Coast Carnival Association for four years under Kenner "Skeet" Hunt. She attends C.C. Pinckney Elementary, and her hobbies/activities include being a performing ballet dancer with the Columbus Conservatory of Dance, she sings with the Columbia Children's Choir, school choir and Shandon Baptist Church Children's Choir, loves acting and has had parts in five local performances. She is an honor roll student, president of the student council, member of the art club and yearbook staff and a Junior Girl Scout.
Sarah Margaret Hewes, 12, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hewes III of Gulfport. She attends St. James Elementary, and her hobbies/activities include soccer, guitar, rollerblading and roading.
Nicole Lyons, 9, is the daughter of Wayne and Lisa Lyons of Biloxi. She attends Our Lady of Fatima, and her hobbies/activities include cheerleading, dance, softball, swimming, piano, reading and playing with her friends.
Corey Daniel Platt, 13, is the son of Darryl and Marion Platt of Biloxi. He attends Mercy Cross High School, and his hobbies/activities include being an honor roll student, member of Biloxi Xpress Select Soccer for four years, being selected All Star player for the Biloxi National Little League eight years in a row, altar server at Nativity BVM Cathedral, selected to serve on student council at Mercy Cross High School, selected for the gifted studies program at University of Southern Mississippi, selected by Duke University for the ACT Program, seventh grade, and selected for a Washington, D.C., trip to represent Mercy Cross for Junior Leadership.
Lucy Thompson, 12, is the daughter of Connie Carpenter and Richard Thompson of Biloxi. She attends Michel Seventh Grade, and her hobbies/activities include cardboard sculptures, dancing, singing, student council representative and office assistant.
Presley Ann Wesson, 12, is the daughter of Ray and Lisa Wesson of Gulfport. She attends Bay View Middle School, and her hobbies/activities include being on the National Junior Honor Society, an honor student, student council member, member of Gulfport High fast pitchsSoftball team, member of First United Methodist Church of Gulfport, reading, fishing, swimming and softball.