Hasty, former RHHS Graduate crowned Miss SC State University

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Date: May 6, 2019

Contact: Rechel Anderson Ed. D, Superintendent, 843-489-8892


Hasty, former RHHS Graduate crowned

Miss SC State University


Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School’s, class of 2016 graduate, Kayla Elizabeth Hasty was recently crowned Miss South Carolina State University 2019-2020.  Earlier this month, Hasty, currently majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, competed in the following categories during the pageant:  Oratory, Talent, Evening Wear, and a Question and Answer segment.  The criteria that determine Miss S. C. State University is based on the annual pageant competition, interview sessions, and students’ votes. 


Hasty humbly accepted the opportunity to reign as the 82nd Miss. S. C. State University.  Hasty’s platform, “Tackling Mental Health, Promoting Community Involvement and Self Care to Fuel Bulldog Tenacity” is an area she is very passionate. Hasty stated she chose to focus on mental health because, within the SCSU campus community and surrounding communities, mental health is constantly being ignored, especially in the African American community. She feels as though mental health affects her and she wanted to use the university’s competition platform to show that “it’s okay not to be okay, it’s okay to need help and to help heal her campus and community.”


Hasty’s resume for entering the pageant included information pertaining to a few accolades received while attending SCSU:


  • Scholastic Honors: Recipient of the Pinckney Memorial Scholarship; Recipient of the South Carolina State Presidential Scholarship; Gold Pin Recipient; Dean’s List 
  • Leadership Roles: Vice-President of the Sisters in STEM Network; Miss Student Orientation Leaders; South Carolina State University Biological; Physical Science Ambassador 
  • Accomplishments: 1st Runner-up of the 2018 Miss Honors College Pageant; 2018 Dream Girls Conference Scholarship/College Prep Speaker; 2018 Louis Stokes-South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation Research Presenter; 2017 Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute Participant; Pinckney Memorial Scholar


After graduating from SCSU, Hasty plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.


While attending RHHS, Hasty earned Valedictorian of the RHHS 2016 graduating class and received a full scholarship to SCSU. Hasty was voted Miss Ridgeland-Hardeeville High 2015-2016,  she also received additional accolades such as National Honor Society President, Clementa Pinckney Scholar (Inaugural Class), Region 5-AA All-Region player for Basketball, Volleyball, and Track, a Sir John Scott Award Recipient and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Leader.


She is the daughter of RHHS School Counselor, Ms. Cynthia Hasty, who is also a graduate of the Jasper County School District.


The JCSD family would like to congratulate Kayla on her continued success. A special thanks to her parents, family, friends, teachers, and administration in molding this young lady into the person she has become.  She has made her journey beyond the walls of Jasper County School District a success.  Hasty is a great example of why JCSD continues to remain “Student-Centered…Future-Focused”.





Thank you...


La'Shanda Grant

Public Information Officer

Jasper County School District

10942 North Jacob Smart Boulevard

Ridgeland, SC 29936

Office (843)-489-8892 ext. 1600

Mobile (843)-368-6585Website: www.JCSD.net

The Commitment of Jasper: JCSD



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