Olivia Jackson believes in Booneville and Mississippi and she’s ready to show it on a statewide stage.

Booneville’s Miss Hospitality is gearing up for next month’s statewide competition for the Mississippi Miss Hospitality crown and staying busy as a student, small-business owner, Main Street Booneville office assistant, and the city’s goodwill ambassador. The competition is set for July 11-17 in Hattiesburg with the final pageant night and crowning on July 17.

Jackson is serving for her second year as the City of Hospitality’s Miss Hospitality after the pandemic canceled the statewide competition last year and all of the city representatives across the state had their terms extended.

The young entrepreneur said she simply loves her hometown and her state and is thankful for the opportunity to promote both.

“I love Mississippi. I love Booneville and now, as a small business owner, I know just how important tourism is and why we need to promote it within the state,” she said.

Jackson has worked as the office assistant at the Booneville Main Street/Tourism office since February and she also opened her own boutique, Opal & Thorne, on March 28 and after purchasing the business at the end of February. She also continues to pursue her degree in business administration through online studies at Southern New Hampshire University.

The daughter of Julie and Michael Jackson said she learned very young that it takes hard work to pursue your dreams. Her great-grandparents were both business owners and her mother also owns her own business.

“From a very young age I saw everybody going after their dreams and working hard and it was just instilled in me,” she said.

Jackson encourages everyone to follow her on instagram @booneville_mshosp where she’s regularly posting about the good things happening in the community. She’s also competing for a social media scholarship through the Mississippi Miss Hospitality program and asks everyone to follow and like her posts as she seeks to share her journey.

She’s looking forward to sharing more of her preparations for the competition at her trunk show set for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 13 at Opal & Thorne.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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