Alexis Solloway was crowned the 58th Camellia Queen on March 26 at a pageant held in the Beau Rivage Camellia Ballroom.
She is the daughter of Angela and Chuck Hill of Vancleve and is a freshman at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. As the winner, she will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college of her choice, as well as the traditional crown and sash. She will be a special guest at the Mississippi Lions Club state convention in May in Biloxi. She was crowned by Jenna Mary Ann Starks of Biloxi, the 2015 Camellia Queen.
Amanda Kilduff is first runner-up. She is the daughter of Julie and Bill Kilduff of Ocean Springs and is a senior at Ocean Springs High School. She will receive a $500 scholarship to the college of their choice.
Faith Edgell is second runner-up. She is the daughter of Elaine and Tony Wilson of Ocean Springs and is a sophomore at Ocean Springs High School. She will receive a $250 scholarship to the college of her choice.
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Elizabeth Zorich was chosen Miss Congeniality. She is the daughter of Ellen and Michael Zorich of Biloxi and is a senior at St. Patrick High School.
Also in the five finalists were Abbie Brashier of Biloxi, daughter of Karen Brashier and Robert Brashier and a senior at Biloxi High School, and Anna Catherine Kendricks of Gulfport, daughter of Susan and Sam Kendricks and a sophomore at Gulfport High School.
Blair Doyle was given the award for selling the most tickets and ads. She is the daughter of Katherine Doyle and Don Doyle of Biloxi and is a senior at St. Patrick High School.
Master of ceremonies was Greg Crapo, and mistress of ceremonies was Bethany Cuevas, Camellia Queen 2013.
Pageant chairman was Jaye Brice and co-chairman was Melinda Freeman.
The pageant is sponsored by the Biloxi Lions Club and is one of the biggest fundraisers for the club's sight conservation and hearing impaired projects. All proceeds stay at the local level.