Mardi Gras

GCCA 2016 maids

Lovell
Lovell

Maids to Queen IXOLIB

Jennifer Catherine Cain

Jennifer Catherine Cain of Biloxi is the daughter of Avonna Cain and the late Conner Cain. Her maternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. William Zimmerman. Her paternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Cain.

Jennifer attended Biloxi High School where she graduated top five with highest honors. She was inducted into the Biloxi Junior High and Biloxi High School Hall of Fame. She was a varsity cheerleader and was chosen as an NCA All American Cheerleader. She was editor in chief of the Indian Echo yearbook and an active member of the student council, serving as sophomore class secretary, junior class president, and student body liaison her senior year. She served as secretary of the National Honor Society and was a diamond girl.

Cain attended the University of Mississippi where she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in marketing. At Ole Miss, she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi. She was in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Beta Gamma Sigma Business honor society, secretary for the Order of Omega Greek honor society, and a Business Advisory Board scholarship recipient. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority where she served as national philanthropy chair. She was a student ambassador for the school of business and a member of the business student advisory council. Cain attended graduate school at Tulane University where she received a master's degree in accounting.

She is a member of the Biloxi First United Methodist Church.

Ana Gayle Weatherly Christian

Ana Gayle Weatherly Christian of Gulfport is the daughter of Peter Fitzgerald Christian and Gayle Weatherly Christian. Her maternal grandparents are the late Ann Penn Weatherly and the late Scott Watson Weatherly. Her paternal grandparents are Mary Jane Boesel Christian and the late Dr. Edward Raymond Christian.

She attended St. Patrick Catholic High School where she served as student council president and vice-president. She was on the National Association of Student Council executive board. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Society and received the Dale D. Hawley Leadership Award. She was inducted into the St. Patrick Hall of Fame. Her fellow students elected her Miss St. Patrick Catholic High School, friendliest and most spirited as well as class favorite as a freshman and junior. She was homecoming maid as a freshmen, junior and senior.

Ana Gayle graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor's degree in biology with minors in psychology and chemistry. She was on the Chancellor's Honor Roll and Dean's Honor Roll. She was selected as a Longstreet Scholar, Student Body Scholar, Associated Student Body Senator, and Student Alumni Council vice-president of External Affairs. She was a member of Mortar Board National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She served as assistant new member educator and director of sisterhood for Chi Omega Fraternity and as freshman council mentor for the Associated Student Body. She will attend the University of Mississippi Medical School in the fall.

She is a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Gulfport Yacht Club where she was Female Sailor of the Year and received the Daugherty Award. She also was named Camp Ozark Female Rookie Counselor of the Year.

GCCA affiliation: Ana Gayle's cousin Lee Ann Kaigler Stubbs was a maid in 2007. Her cousin Olivia Kaigler Smitherman was a maid in 2008.

Laura Katherine Koury

Laura Katherine Koury of Gulfport is the daughter of Emile Koury and Mr. and Mrs. Allen Guy. Her maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carl V. Welsh. Her paternal grandparents are Linda F. Koury and the late Mr. Emile Joseph Koury Sr.

She attended St. Patrick Catholic High School where she was named to the Principal's Honor Roll and served as a student council representative from freshmen to senior year. She was a member of The March yearbook staff, The Irish Publisher journalism staff, Key Club, Interact Club, Arts & Crafts Club, National Honor Society, Science Club, Spanish Honor Society and homecoming court. She was a member of the Gulfport Cotillion Club where she served as secretary and Mississippi Gulf Coast Debutante Society.

Laura graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor's degree in communication with a concentration in public relations and minor in marketing. While at Mississippi State, she was on the Dean's List, a member of the Order of Omega Leadership Honor Society and was initiated into the Beta Mu Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity. She was a Mississippi State University Foundation ambassador and Mississippi communication ambassador. She served a public relations chair for Up til' Dawn Annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fundraiser and public relations co-chairs for Relay for Life. She also worked with Mentor Me -- Boys and Girls Club of Starkville. She was a member of Catholic Student Association, Public Relations Student Society of America, and Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

Laura is a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta.

GCCA affiliations: Laura's aunt Kim Koury Young was a page in 1974 and a maid in 1983. Her cousin Lydia Mary Salloum was Queen Ixolib in 1967. Her cousin, Mitchell Salloum, was a duke in 1974. Her cousin Helen Werby was Queen Ixolib in 1989.

Brooke Olivia Kuluz

Brooke Olivia Kuluz of D'Iberville is daughter of Kurt and Laurie Kuluz. Her maternal grandparents are Mrs. Ivan Kovacevich and the late Ivan Kovacevich. Her paternal grandparents are Mrs. Peter Kuluz, Sr. and the late Peter Kuluz, Sr.

She graduated third in her class from St. Patrick Catholic High School. She was on the Principal's Honor Roll throughout senior high school and was inducted in the St. Patrick Catholic High School Hall of Fame. She was editor of The March yearbook, a member of the campus ministry team, and a student council representative where she served a secretary in her sophomore year. She represented Mississippi as a delegate at the 2009 National Association of Student Councils convention in Denver, Colo. She was president of the Science Club, a member of The Irish Publisher journalism staff, Key Club, Interact Club, Arts & Crafts Club, SPCHS Drama Guild, National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She was a letterman as a varsity cheerleader as well as lettering for basketball and varsity slow-pitch softball where she was named to Region 8 All-District Team. During high school she participated in the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi's youth mission trip to Saltillo, Mexico. She was a recipient of the Principal's Award for academics, leadership, and school involvement. She was selected to participate in an educational tour of Italy in 2009. She was the recipient of the Louisiana State University Golden Oaks Award, Chevron International REACH Scholarship, George Salloum Family Scholarship, Biloxi Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, Biloxi Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship.

Brooke attended Louisiana State University where she received a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and minor in psychology. She was on the Dean's List, a member of the Order of Omega Leadership Honor Society, Rho Lambda Honor Society for Greek Women, and an intern for the Louisiana Federation for Children: Black Alliance for Educational Options. She was initiated into the Alpha Eta Chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity where she served on the executive board as vice-president and new member board as Big Sis/Lil Sis event coordinator. She was appointed as an academic mentor and served as a member of the discipline and art committees and was on the recruitment team. While in Baton Rouge, she volunteered at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. She recently graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Nursing with a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Brooke is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Krewe of Athena, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Alumnae Chapter of Phi Mu. She was a member of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Debutante Society and received the title of the 2010 Biloxi Shrimp Queen at the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival.

GCCA affiliations: Brooke's grandfather, the late Peter James Kuluz Sr. was a duke in 1986. Her cousin Karen Williams Mavar was a maid in 1981. Her aunt and godmother Karen Kuluz Hubbard was a flag bearer in 1985. Her cousin Maureen Williams Wooten was a maid in 1986. Her cousin Caroline Kovacevich Rossi was a maid in 2004. Her cousin William Cole Mavar was a page in 2004 and a flag bearer in 2007.

Kathryn Nicole Lovell

Kathryn Nicole Lovell of Gulfport is the daughter of Nancy and Alan Lovell. Her maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Driste. Her paternal grandparents are Dr. Frank and Gloria Lovell.

She is a graduate of Gulfport High School where she served on the Principal Leadership Team and National Honor Society. She was a German Ambassador, treasurer for National Beta Club and vice-president of the Cotillion Club of Gulfport. She is currently a junior at Mississippi State University studying elementary education. She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, Teacher Educators of America and the academic committee. She is in the Sigma Alpha Lambda leadership and honors organization, on the President's List and is a Kappa Delta panhellenic delegate.

Kathryn is a member of St. James Catholic Church in Gulfport and the Council of Exceptional Children in Starkville.

GCCA affiliation: Kathryn's sister Mary was a maid in 2014.

Paige Nicole Lyons

Paige Nicole Lyons of Biloxi is the daughter of Wayne and Lisa Lyons. Her maternal grandparents are Sherman and Judy Broussard. Her paternal grandparents are Robert G. Lyons Sr. and the late Patricia Lyons.

She attended St. Patrick Catholic High School where she graduated with high honors and was on the Principal's Honor Roll. She was on The March yearbook staff, served as secretary of student council and was a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, campus ministry team, Interact Club, SAAD, Key Club and 2012 State Champion Fast-Pitch Softball Team. She was a recipient of USM Leadership Scholarship, Slavic Benevolent Association Scholarship, Keesler Spouses Club and Molly Mann Scholarship.

Paige is a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi where she is studying elementary education with a mathematics endorsement. She is on the Dean's List and is a recipient of both the William Winter Education Scholarship and the Leadership Scholarship. She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority where she was on the recruitment team for three years.

She is a member of St Mary's Catholic Church and the Order of Billikins Carnival Association. She also has helped with the Biloxi Doll & Toy Fund for the past four years.

GCCA affiliation: Paige served as a flag bearer in 2004. Her aunt Donna Pizetta Lyons was a maid in 1979 and 1980. Her cousin Don Marie Jr. was a duke in 1998 as well as captain in 2003 and 2004. Her cousin Jamie Barhanovich was a maid in 2004. Her cousin Dana Barhanovich was a maid in 2015.

Olivia Lee O'Neill

Olivia Lee O'Neill of Biloxi is the daughter of Michael and Cindy O'Neill. Her maternal grandparents are Donald and Betty Smith. Her paternal grandparents are Edgar and Carol O'Neill.

She attended St. Patrick Catholic High School where she graduated with high honors. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Interact Club, campus ministry team and Key Club. She was a member of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Debutante Society.

Olivia attended the University of Mississippi and is a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi studying nursing. At Ole Miss, she was a member of Delta Gamma. She is a member of Campus Crusades, Student Nurses Association and Christian Nurses Fellowship.

She is a member of First United Methodist Church of Gulfport where she serves on the youth leadership team and volunteers at Feed My Sheep.

GCCA affiliation: Olivia's sister Leah O'Neill was key girl in 2015. Her father Michael serves as treasurer of the board of GCCA.

Susannah Leigh Snyder

Susannah Leigh Snyder of Ocean Springs is the daughter of Chris and Susan Snyder. Her maternal grandparents are Jeremiah J. "Jerry" O'Keefe III and the late Annette O'Keefe. Her paternal grandparents are the late Donal Snyder and the late Audrey Snyder.

She is a graduate of St. Patrick High School where she was voted a class beauty and wittiest in Who's Who. She also served as a homecoming maid.

Susannah attended Louisiana State University where she graduated with a degree in communications disorder. She was the recipient of a four-year Golden Oak's Scholarship. She was on the Dean's List and a member of the Honor's College. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and served on the panhellenic executive council as director of recruitment counselors. She has actively fundraised for the Girl Scouts, Prevent Child Abuse La., and was a volunteer for Girls on the Run.

She is currently a member of Feed the Need committee benefiting The Lord is My Help soup kitchen. She is currently employed at Hillyer House in Ocean Springs and is a member of Coast Young Professionals.

GCCA affiliation: Susannah's grandfather Jeremiah J. "Jerry" O'Keefe III was King d'Iberville in 1982. Her sisters Rose Snyder Rider and Cecilia Snyder served as flag bearers in 2000. Her uncle Jeffrey H. O'Keefe Sr. was a duke in 1990 and King d'Iberville in 2000. He has also served as Chairman of GCCA from 2006 to 2012. Her uncle Jeremiah J. "Jody" O'Keefe was a duke in 1982. Her aunt Mary O'Keefe Snell was a maid in 1976 and 1977. Her cousin Sam Ward was a page in 1982. Her cousin John Michael O'Keefe Jr. was a page in 1982. Her cousin Jacob Ryan O'Keefe was a page in 2000. Her cousin Jordan Patrick O'Keefe was a page in 2008.

  Comments