Miss Southern Magnolia
Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS
Platform: The Crown C.A.R.E.S.
Talent: Ballroom Dance – Pasodoble
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Jones County Junior College
What is your major? Broadcast Journalism
What is your scholastic ambition? Obtain a degree in Broadcast Journalism and become a news anchor on Fox News or CNN, etc.
List scholastic honors: Amber Smith Community Service Scholarship, Miss Mississippi High School America Scholarship, Heather Thompson Community Service Scholarship, Jones County Junior College Full Tuition Scholarship, 4.0 GPA since 5th Grade.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Over 4,000 hours of community service
What is your favorite style of music? Pop
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Romantic Comedy – In life, you have to laugh your way through love…
What is your favorite gadget? My volt meter and my Klein Tool
What is your favorite blog? StopBullying.gov – It is where I obtain the latest resources for improving the lives of the children I speak to.
What is your favorite place to visit? Walt Disney World – The Magic Kingdom (where I was almost born. My mother went into labor on Main Street USA)
What is your favorite food? Italian – my homemade pasta and pizza specifically
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?How to SurviveA Deserted Island for Dummies.
Do you twitter? Yes – but I am more of an Instagram queen!!!
What is your favorite?
Sport: Football Sports Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Actor: Zac Efron Actress: Audrey Hepburn
Television Program: The Walking Dead
Wardrobe Accessory: Anything Louis Vuitton
Thing to do on a weekend: Since my platform is concentrated in schools, I love to find other charitable events to give back to my community. In the evening, I love to sample the new dining options in my hometown.
Way to spend a day off: Going antiquing with my friends and my mom.
What is your hometown like? Hattiesburg is a multi-cultural city full of diversity with a strong emphasis on the arts. Even though Hattiesburg is one of the largest cities in Mississippi, it still maintains the small town charm of the South and of days gone by.
What were you like when you were a child? I was a paradox… I was shy while being a total diva! I did not speak very much because of my dyslexia. However, I always wanted to be in the spotlight and in front of a camera.
Who is the most influential person in your life? Other than my parents, I would say Dr. Cena Holifield of the 3-D School in Petal, MS. Dr. Holifield discovered my dyslexia and helped me to adapt to my language disorder. This allowed my inner flower to blossom.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I am a certified Electrician and am able to re-wire an entire house!
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: A defining moment was when I signed my contract with MMG (Model Management Group). It proved to me that all my hard work and dedication to my ambition had paid off.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?I have learned that I can blend the four points of the crown into a daily routine for myself and those around me.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?To utilize my new “voice” to further enhance the anti-bullying laws in our state. Also, I would love to travel our country and continue my Crown C.A.R.E.S. seminars on anti-bullying, self-esteem, and dyslexia awareness.
What is your secret wish or dream? To finally learn how to wink, especially while being crowned Miss America.
I’m motivated by: The promise of a chocolate “bouquet” at the end of the pageant.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Being dyslexic and bullied as a child, I chose The Crown C.A.R.E.S. (Creating A Respectful Environment in Schools). This anti-bullying platform has allowed me to help those children that are in the same “place” I was all those years ago.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? My generation and the country as a whole was definitely shaped by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. I was a child during that time, but EVERYTHING we did in the following years had some thought or reference back to those days. It clearly changed the way we thought or did things in life.
The one thing I can’t live without: My childhood stuffed elephant (Ell-E) that I still sleep with every night.
My best friend would describe me as: Loving, strong willed, caring, peaceful, passionate, and having a servant’s heart.
Something interesting about my family: Four out of five people in my family have ADHD and Dyslexia. Meanwhile the four of us are all going different directions at all times and my father is usually looking at us and asking “What is going on?”
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: While at a cow show, I followed a little too closely and the “splatter” hit me in the face. I learned to walk at least 10 feet behind a cow after that incident. This was both hilarious and embarrassing all at the same time.
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: Being a model, I tend to shy away from dangerous physical activities… I would like to learn how to surf, or rock climb or something that would be “edgy”.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I have two Boston Terriers (Weeza and Clairee). They were named after my favorite movie characters in “Steel Magnolias”.