Addison Crowder

Miss Madison County
Hometown: Madison, MS
Platform: Empower Yourself: Stand against Bullying
Talent: vocal presentation
Hobbies: travel, high adventure sports, photography, dance
School: Madison Central High School
Scholastic Ambition: 4 year college degree and maybe a Masters degree
Scholastic Honors: National Honor Society, BETA Club, all “A” honor roll since 6th grade
What makes you special and unique? I’m the perfect combination of a full out “tomboy” and girly girl
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I enjoy writing creative stories, poetry, and videography
Best advice you have ever received? Never settle
What can’t you live without? Carmex lip balm
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Pure indulgence…eating a box of Samoa Girl Scout cookies in less than 30 minutes
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I like independent films. They are unpredictable and not cliché
Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see myself living in Los Angeles, California, working in the film industry, and tanning on the beach with my dogs
Most valuable lesson learned? Hard work and determination is the key to success
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My Spanish teacher is my role model. Life has thrown her a lot of lemons, but she made lemonade
What motivates you? My family motivates me. I want them to be proud of me
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? The last three years, I’ve been voted Class Favorite and elected Student Government Association’s class secretary
Best compliment you have ever received? Everyone needs a friend like Addison
Secret wish or dream? To be a movie star
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I was at a swim meet in Jackson, MS when I discovered that I had a huge hole in my bathing suit. The hole was about the size of my fist on one of my booty cheeks. I didn’t have an extra swim suit and I only had a few minutes before my next event. I was in tears, not knowing what to do. My team needed my points to take home the first place trophy. So I wrapped a towel around me, marched out to the pool edge, quickly dropped the towel and jumped in the water. Luckily for me, it was the back stroke. I finished first place, and my mom was waiting at the finish line to quickly wrap a towel around my bottom
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would like to learn how to knit
What is your super power? The need to defend those who can’t stand up for themselves
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I think that pageant girls are sometimes misunderstood. People often think they are divas and drama Queens, but all the girls that I have met have been truly outstanding young women
Describe yourself in one word. Outgoing
A Fun Family Fact? We are all big fans of the popular TV show “The Walking Dead” so if a zombie apocalypse ever occurs; my family has a survival plan
Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are. Keep in mind the questions you’ve already been asked and include other things that you would like people to know about you
My momma always told me that I was the perfect mix of tomboy and girly girl. I guess being part tomboy comes from having two older brothers. I love being outdoors and enjoy camping, hiking, rope courses, and orienteering. I also consider myself to be a fairly decent athlete having participated in a number of school sports over the years. I was on the 9th grade basketball team when we won the Little Six Championship. For two years I played on the high school volleyball team, and pole vaulted and ran the 300 hurdles in track. I have always enjoyed being part of a team. The team is a family. We are there to cheer and encourage each other, and then to console when someone experiences defeat or injury. I’m also a fan of adventure sports! From white water kayaking on the Chattooga River to rock climbing; I love the thrill of a new challenge. I’m the type of person that needs adventure. Call it a blessing or a curse, but I have to have something to look forward to, something exciting on the horizon. I am always looking for the next challenge, and if there is no challenge to accept or goal to meet, then I make one for myself. On the other hand, I do have my girly side. I love to rock my red lipstick and wear high heels even though I’m 5’10 flat footed. I have discovered that high heels aren’t always the best choice when they make me taller than 95% of the boys in my high school, but I wear them anyway. I’m a modern day explorer, having an extreme need to travel and experience the world and all its cultures. I enjoy going to Broadway musicals and the theater. I enjoy dancing, and especially being on the Mystix high school dance team. The girls on the team are like my sisters, and we look forward to dancing at all the football games and pep rallies. I’ve been a dancer on our school dance team since 8th grade, and I hope to make the team once more for my senior year. Something new for me this year is being member of my school’s Reveille Show Choir. We travel and compete with other schools in song and dance. I really enjoy meeting other teenagers from different schools. This past Thanksgiving our school choir was invited to participate in Epcot’s candle light processional, which was a once in a lifetime experience. There is just so much to do in high school; it’s too bad we have to waste time going to class (just kidding). Academics are very important to me. I’ve always made straight A’s; I just hope I can keep my grades up with my accelerated and AP classes. I am an off the chart extrovert, at least that is what I was told after taking the personality test for my college profile at the Educational Service Foundation. I do enjoy meeting new people, but I need more than a bunch of casual acquaintances. I deeply value and treasure my true friends. I, in turn want to be that faithful friend who is loyal and true. So whether you define me as a tomboy, a girly girl, or an extreme extrovert…it really doesn’t matter. What is important… is that I know who I am
Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject. Be sure to name your platform and give a brief explanation of its purpose as well
Everyone at some point in time has either witnessed bullying or has been bullied themselves. The problem is most people say it is just a normal part of growing up. Isolated instances are one thing, but ongoing mistreatment is full out bullying. I feel people need to be aware of the less obvious form of bullying: social bullying. People need to recognize it and call it what it is…bullying. People also need to learn how to be more assertive and be able to stand up for themselves and others when bullying occurs. If someone just stands there and does nothing when they witness bullying, then they are known as a bystander. I have made two personal observations about the bystander. Many times I have asked my friends, “Did you stand up for the bullied victim?” To which they replied, that they would have but did not know how to respond. Others admit that they are scared of the bully, and were afraid that if they said anything they would be the next victim. The bystander may think they do not want to get involved, and are completely innocent in their non-action. Unfortunately, this so called innocent bystander is in reality sending a silent message that they are condoning the bully. In truth, the bystander is giving the bully the power. I want to reverse this cycle. I want to empower the victim and the bystanders to stand up and take action. So how do we stand up against bullying? First you have to make people aware of what defines bullying. Research and school-based prevention practices have generally focused all their attention on the more widely recognized and visible forms of bullying which are physical and verbal. Social bullying is the less known type and most people dismiss it, even though it is the most commonly experienced form. I have seen the affects of some of my classmates who have been bullied socially. They were once popular, outgoing, and full of life. Now they are more socially withdrawn, more guarded, and less trusting. I have known teenagers who have changed schools, been home schooled, or even graduated early because of social bullying. After reading on the subject, they say that social bullying is more damaging to young people than physical aggression. Social bullying is so hurtful because it is very underhanded, and done behind a person’s back. This is the type of bullying that I have personally experienced. My bully is what many would call the “classic mean girl”. I have experienced all the classic signs of social bullying: attempts to ruin reputation, to harm relationships with friends; being ridiculed on social media, embarrassment in public, and exclusion from activities. Even though I have experienced all these, I do not refer to myself as a victim. I am not the type of person who sits back and does nothing. I have a very assertive type of personality. I confront rumors and bullying head on. I also make sure that there are lots of witnesses when I do this, so my actions don’t get misconstrued. I wish everyone could have assertive training, so they could learn to stand up for themselves and for others. I also wish that young people could be taught how to respond to bullying and learn strategies of appropriate actions to take. These are two of my ideas of how to stand up against bullying. This may sound crazy, but I have this super hero mentality. It is like God has given me this inner strength to do everything in my power to stand up against bullying and to encourage others to do the same. I feel as though I am one of the lucky ones, because I have such a strong support system. I have shared my experiences and sought counsel from my parents, my close friends, and a few of my teachers. This is how we can reverse the cycle and why I titled my platform to Empower Yourself: Stand Against Bullying