Katherine Spencer Hackett was crowned queen of the 2017 Beaux Arts Ball, “Pop Revolution: Revive the Movement,” Saturday evening at the Jacksonville High School Bowl. She is the daughter of Steve and Cathy Hackett, of Jacksonville, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Cody and Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hackett, all of Jacksonville.
Miss Hackett is a 2013 graduate of Jacksonville High School. She is currently a senior at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where she is on the Dean’s List. Miss Hackett is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences, a minor in psychology and a certificate in multicultural studies.
At the University of Missouri, Miss Hackett is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She has served as the sorority’s scholarship director and has been on various committees for Mizzou Homecoming, Greek Week and sorority recruitment. Miss Hackett has been a member of the university’s School of Health Professions Student Council for three years. Her junior year, she was elected to serve on the council’s executive board as the head of communications. Her freshman year, she was chosen to participate in the University of Missouri’s Emerging Leadership Program.
She has spent time volunteering for a variety of organizations, including the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, Columbia Public Schools and for her sorority’s philanthropy: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Miss Hackett also served as a site leader for Caring for Columbia, a student-run day of service. She led a group of 30 students on a service project in the Columbia community.
Last summer, Miss Hackett interned at the University of Missouri’s Health Communication Research Center. She traveled across Missouri to assist in prediabetes research in disadvantaged communities. While conducting the research, Miss Hackett also spent time educating members of these communities on diabetes prevention. During her time as an intern, Miss Hackett wrote various articles pertaining to current public health issues for an online public health mapping tool that is sent to various public health officials throughout the United States.
In May, Miss Hackett will graduate Cum Laude from the University of Missouri. Following graduation, she plans to move to St. Louis and begin her career.
Miss Hackett has participated in three previous Beaux Arts Balls: as a flower girl in 2000’s “Celebrate Jacksonville,” as a junior attendant in 2009’s “Reflections of Chicago,” and as a senior maid in 2013’s “Hollywood Nights.”
Miss Hackett’s family has a rich history with the Art Association of Jacksonville. Her great grandmother, the late Helen Hackett, was president of the board of trustees when the first Beaux Arts Ball was held, and there has been a member of Miss Hackett’s family on the board since 1939.
Her parents are life members and participated as a flower girl and page in 1965’s “Maids in a Garden,” as junior attendants in 1973’s “Centennial Ball,” and as a senior maid and senior gentleman in 1977’s “Plantation Promenade.” Her mother was co-chairman of the annual Lawn Party in 2008 and 2015, a general co-chairman of 2011’s Beaux Arts Ball, “Meet Me at the Crossroads at Midnight,” and is a current member of the board of trustees.
Miss Hackett’s grandmother, Donna Cody, co-chaired the 2008 and 2015 Lawn Parties, the 1977 and 2011 Beaux Arts Balls and is a past member of the board of trustees. Her grandfather, Richard Cody, was the master of ceremonies for a past Beaux Arts Ball, and her great-grandfather, the late Willard Cody, was the master of ceremonies for two previous Beaux Arts Balls. Her great-grandmother, the late Margery Cody, was a co-chair of the 1966 ball. Miss Hackett’s great aunt, Charlotte Cody Cave, was queen of the 1961’s “Gay Nineties” ball.
The queen’s escort for the evening was Jake Bennett, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Bennett. He resides in Columbia, Missouri, where he is a senior at the University of Missouri.