I am a First Year student at the University of South Florida double majoring in Mass Communications and Public Relations. I aspire to be a news anchor on a nationally telecasted show. Fun Fact: my favorite part of Pinellas County is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium!
Miss Largo - Courtney Jones
Miss Largo's Outstanding Teen - Olivia Fiss
Carley is a 17-year-old Junior at Seminole High School. She has dedicated her life to the art of dance. Carley has been dancing since the bright age of 2! Over the last fifteen years she has mastered many forms of dance including: Classical ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, tap, jazz, African, contemporary, Caribbean, ballroom, and acrobatics. When Carley is not in school and not dancing she spends her time focusing on her platform “Handbags for the Homeless”. This platform helps homeless women who are need of basic hygienic products such as: tooth paste, deodorant, feminine products, and hair products. They are donated to women in St. Petersburg in gently used handbags that the women can use to keep their belongings together.
Carley aspires to be a Psychologists and help young adults who suffer with mental illnesses. Carley came to the realization that this was her calling after befriending a young gentlemen in school who has Asperger’ Syndrome.
Miss St. Petersburg's Outstanding Teen - Carley Baut
Courtney Jones is a 19 year old Junior at the University of Central Florida. She is pursuing a Health Services Administration major with a minor in Biology and Dance. Her platform is "MY PART: Mentoring the Youth through Performing Arts". Her goal is to inform every child that they play a role in bringing someone happiness. She would like every child to have a free safe place to get creative and learn that they can bring joy to others. "The performing arts allows children to learn skills they will use through out their whole life. Having a safe place to get creative kept me on a path to success even though my home life wasn't the greatest".
Courtney is a proud sister of the Zeta Omega chapter of Alpha Delta Pi where she has had the opportunity to chair two events, Kappa Delta Shakedown and Zeta Tau Alpha Lipsync. She, along with the help of her sisters, managed to raise over 4,000 dollars during these events to contribute to their Panhellenic sister's charities. She helped Alpha Delta Pi take home Overall Win for both events. Other than Greek Life, she is a member of RUKUS Entertainment, a hip hop crew on campus promoting equality and diversity. She guest teaches at Harrison School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Lakeland where she graduated as a Musical Theater major in 2014. She is very excited to be able to compete for the title of Miss Florida in her hometown of Lakeland.
Austi Critchfield is a senior at Berkeley Preparatory School. Devoted to academics, she is a member of Science Honor Society, Math Honor Society, and Cum Laude, a society for the top 15% of her graduating class. Austi is also the founder of “Roots of STEM”, an outreach program where students from the Boys and Girls Club get exposed to fun and engaging applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Austi is also heavily involved in math herself, proudly having represented Berkeley at the State and National Mu Alpha Theta math competitions for the past three years. When not competing, Austi also tutors fellow students in her schools Math Lab, as well as the Science Lab and Writing Center.
Outside of school, Austi loves performing, singing, and public speaking. Her TEDx talk entitled “Character Through Community” is on YouTube, where Austi speaks about the influence of friends and outside factors on one’s personal character. Additionally, she performed the National Anthem at a Rays vs. Yankees Game last season and hopes to perform it again in the 2016 season. In her spare time, Austi can be found cooking up new recipes or reading.
Austi is incredibly grateful to be Miss St. Petersburg 2016 and so happy that her two Sunshine Princesses, Ava and Ashley, will be joining her during the year. She hopes to make St. Petersburg proud at Miss Florida this summer!
Miss Pinellas County's Outstanding Teen - Ainsley Whyatt
Olivia Fiss is a 17 year old student at H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Fl.
Olivia is very involved in TV Production at school, and can be seen on the sidelines filming her schools' football team under the Friday Night Lights. You can also catch her on Plant High School's Morning Show. Olivia 's sophomore year she served as a Varsity Reporter for Bright House Sports Network, covering stories on all of the sport action going on at Plant High, having her work published on the BHSN website. One of her stories was awarded Video of the Year, awarding her school a huge cash prize! Olivia's career interests include Communications, Business, Political Science, and Law. Olivia has a big heart for others, devoting much of her time to her 'platorm', Embracing Special Needs People.
Olivia is an active member of Best Buddies and Special Olympics at school and in her community. She has developed strong relationships with people with disabilities at Plant High and in the community. She enjoys traveling, jammin' to music, sailing, playing piano, sunsets, fashion, cooking, photography and working on big projects around the house.
Ainsley Whyatt is a 13-year-old homeschooled seventh grader from Ocala , FL.
Ainsley's passion has always been singing. From her start at four years old singing solo performances in her grandparents church to today, she has strived to entertain as often as possible. She has continued to perform in church, recently being accepted to an all adult choir at the age of 12. In addition she now regularly performs in the Sunday morning rock 'n roll band at Meadowbrook church in Ocala. She has entertained patrons of restaurants, performing with her guitar teacher singing classic rock songs and today's pop music. She performed a solo Christmas concert for the residents of a local nursing home. She has even had the opportunity to open the Junior Achievement alumni dinner in Orlando at the age of 11, singing our national anthem.
Attending a week long workshop at the Open Jar Institute in New York City further fueled her passion for the performing arts. Ainsley hopes to someday see her name in lights on Broadway. In addition to her nine years of vocal training, Ainsley studies piano, guitar, acting and dance.
Her other love has always been animals. Ainsley has started her own organization P.A.W.S., Providing Animals With Supplies. She collects supplies for distribution to local animal shelters to help provide comfort to those unfortunate animals until they find their forever homes. She has also volunteered with Tracy's Dogs, a national online adoption center. At home Ainsley also has many pets to love and care for including horses, cows, chickens, ducks, turkey, cats and dogs.
Although very busy, Ainsley still loves to swim, bicycle, sketch, paint, shoot and practice archery.
Miss St. Petersburg - Austi Critchfield
Miss Pinellas County - Anisa Kornegay