Hello! My name is Mia Bennett!

I have the privilege of being the president of the Princesses of Paradise! I am a 22-year-old graduate student in the Public and Corporate Communications program at Florida State University Panama City. At age 12, after winning my first pageant title I encountered a young girl with down-syndrome who told me "she wished she could be a princess too." After this experience, I continued to pursue pageantry when I was 16 and decided to share the benefits and the experience with women and girls with special needs. As I continued pageantry and sought scholarships for my future college education, I obtained many local, regional, and national crowns. While competing I also gathered skills in public speaking, interviewing, poise, and most importantly I increased my self-confidence. One day it is my hope to grow the Princesses of Paradise to a National pageant system, and continue to fight the conventional beauty standards that are reflected in magazines, and the media today. Moving forward, I want to spread the message that beauty lies within your individuality.

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Meet The Team

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Tyler Tice

Web Design

Hi! My name is Tyler Tice and I'm a student in the Commercial  Entrepreneurship program at FSU Panama City under the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship. I plan on using this degree to pursue growth in Atlanta Bed Swings where I am Vice President. I'm also very involved on campus as the Student Government Council’s acting-President and I get to lead many initiatives such as free public transportation, increased community relations, and a green initiative known as the Flourish Project. As a technician at the FSU Digital Design Studio and content manager of Atlanta Bed Swings, I've gained the skills to create and maintain website layouts and displays which is where most of my talents are utilized with Princesses of Paradise.

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Kristopher Snyder

Lead Escort

Hey! My name is Kristopher Snyder, and I am a 21-year old Undergraduate at Kennesaw State University seeking a degree in Chemistry. Additionally I serve on the Undergraduate research team participating in Human African Trypanosomiasis research; conducting a serum shift assay in a way to lead to drug discovery for this parasite! In my spare time, you can catch me doing Cross-Fit, being a coffee enthusiast, or hitting up my local cantina for a taco and strawberry daiquiri.  I'm excited to help with this year's pageant and see all the new princesses! 

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PR Manager

Hi! My name is Lexi Rodriguez I am a proud Florida State Nole pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering on the Panama City campus. In my spare time you will find me on the beach with a Starbucks coffee in my hand, most likely iced to cool me down on hot days or in the gym with a smoothie! I helped at the pageant this past year, and it was the most inspiring thing to see the confidence and joy these girls were rewarded with. I love to help as much as I can to make this pageant come to life. Hope to see you there byeeeee <3 

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Isaiah Long

Assistant PR Manager

Hey yall! 

I'm Isaiah Long, from Marianna, Florida. I am a Junior at FSU-PC and I am in the Interdisciplinary Social Science program. My mom is an advocate for children with disabilities, in the Wiregrass area. Growing up I often went to IEP meetings, attended Special Olympic fundraisers. and fought for inclusion in the classroom in Jackson County. I was so excited to be asked by Miss Bennett to be her Assistant PR Manager, and look forward to the pageant.

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