Addison Mathis

Miss Pearl River Valley
Hometown: Vicksburg, MS
Platform: Wounded Warriors Project
Talent: Hip-Hop Dancing
Hobbies: Dancing, singing, acting, reading books such as Harry Potter
School: St. Aloysius High School
Scholastic Ambition: To receive a Bachelor’s degree in dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Scholastic Honors: Principal’s Honor Roll
What makes you special and unique? I am Ambidextrous. I write with my right hand but do everything else with my left hand
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People underestimate my assertiveness and because I am a very diplomatic person. I probably bite my tongue more often than I should
Best advice you have ever received? Live for yourself, not for the approval of others
What can’t you live without? My Music for sure. The beat always helps me, no matter what I face
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My secret stash of Oreos and a cold glass of milk
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Action movies. I love a good plot that will keep me on the edge of my seat. Action movies leave me feeling empowered to take on the world
Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see myself transitioning a career in dance performance into my own performing arts company
Most valuable lesson learned? Treat others the way you would want others to treat you
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My dance teacher. She assures me that through hard work, I am the only person that can determine my future.. She influences me by her love for dance and her compassion for others
What motivates you? Helping those who have served our country fit in when they return from active duty gives me a rush
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? I performed in New York City on the Minskoff Stage on Broadway with my Performing Arts Company
Best compliment you have ever received? Someone once told me they looked up to me as their role model. That comment really made me realize that my actions have an impact on those around me
Secret wish or dream? To be an undercover spy in the secret service is my biggest secret wish
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I bit a literal hole through my tongue and had to get surgery on it… twice
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would go Sky-Diving. Due to my extreme fear of heights, that will probably never happen
What is your super power? I would be Baskin-Robinshood (with a yellow ribbon, of course!)!!! My deliciously mind-blowing powers would provide ice-cream to all my fellow citizens
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? If you use your title wisely, this program can open doors to serve others and give back to your state
Describe yourself in one word. Passionate
A Fun Family Fact? My father was featured in the move, “A Time to Kill” starring Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock
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 full name is Addison Claire Mathis and I was born December 23, 1997. (Christmas baby, I know.) I am from Oxford Mississippi, but relocated to Vicksburg in the 6th grade. I come from a family of five- all female, with the exception of my dad. I am seventeen years old but in my mind I’m definitely an old soul. I love all things Harry Potter. I adore all music, which tends to be my escape and always fitting my moods. Most of all, I love to perform; whether it be dancing, singing, or acting. Dance is my artistic priority though. My biggest guilty pleasure is Netflix Documentaries coupled with Oreos and a tall glass of milk. I considered myself hard-working, usually keeping a lot of irons in the fire in terms of extracurricular activities. The members of my family are the number one supporters in my life. I love being busy and I love to try new things. I am a very out-going and personable. My diplomacy sometimes makes people think that I am not aggressive. I probably hold my tongue a little too often! I have a very creative mind and I tend to over analyze things. This pageant has helped me grow so much as a person and has given me tools that will help me succeed in both career and life
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
Wounded Warrior Project/Soldier Support Having a military dad makes me a very proud daughter. My father Scott Mathis is a veteran of the GulfWar, having served in the U.S. Army as a frontline soldier. He fought 18 months with the 1st Infantry Division in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the Gulf War. He has also raised a fighter. I appreciate the fact that my dad continues to contribute to society after he returned home from service. The sameis not necessarily true for all men and women who serve. Many veterans return home from service to find themselves Homeless, Jobless and Hopeless. America is better than this. In my heart, I know that there is no greater mission than soldier support. That’s why I became an official student ambassador for The Wounded Warrior Project. To date, I have appeared on statewide television to speak about my fight for returning veterans; traveled to high schools around the state with my message of involvement; volunteered across state lines in support of WWP; and led a local fight as CEO of a Service for Soldiers organization that I founded at my school. I will be hosting a 5K Yellow Ribbon Run to generate money for WWP and in-kind contributions and service for state and local veterans. I have also been in contact with Barbara Parker, who started the original Yellow Ribbon campaign in America. She encouraged me to act on my passion. Years ago, the yellow ribbon was recognized as a universal welcome home symbol for returning military men and women. Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree is still one of my mom’s all time pop favorites! There is a lot to be done. On the horizon, are plans to tackle strengthening the GI Bill and supporting state legislation to retrain veterans for the work place. Allowing veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to access local doctors instead of dying on veteran hospital’s long waiting lists is integral in these efforts. I encourage all of America to reignite the Yellow Ribbon campaign; but I don’t just want our veterans to feel welcome when they come home, I want them to continue to play contributing and meaningful roles in our communities and in our society