Alivia Paden Roberts

Miss Tupelo

Hometown:   Shannon, MS

Platform:       Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi: Teenage Pregnancy Prevention

Talent:           Ballet en pointe

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?  Sophomore – Mississippi State University

What is your major?  Communication – concentration in Broadcasting & Public Relations

What is your scholastic ambition?  To maintain academic discipline and graduate with high honors on an undergraduate level and ultimately a graduate level.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:  Appointment to serve as Executive Youth Leader And Spokesperson for Governor Phil Bryant’s “Healthy Teens for Better Mississippi: Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Initiative” Task Force Youth Council

What is your favorite style of music?  Pop & Contemporary Gospel

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  Family/Inspirational drama.  I am realistic and so many real life lessons can be learned .  I like to “feel” a movie and decide on how I would deal with that challenge as if it was my very own.

What is your favorite gadget?    Hot tools curling iron

What is your favorite blog?  A Dancer’s Days

What is your favorite place to visit?  Central America

What is your favorite food?  Fruits, especially apples and grapes

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?  Jesus Calling

Do you twitter?  Yes

What is your favorite?

Sport:  Soccer                                                        Sports Team:  Pittsburg Steelers

Actor:  Shemar Moore                                            Actress:        Sandra Bullock

Television Program:  Dance Moms

Wardrobe Accessory:       Pandora Bracelet

Thing to do on a weekend:  Ballet; mission work, mentoring youth/at-risk youth

Way to spend a day off:  Watching Lifetime movies sipping on Earl Grey hot tea and Scottish shortbread

What is your hometown like?  Reserved, family, church oriented.  Small, but vibrant in the summer time-children playing on manicured lawns, family and friends walking together, flowers blooming, gardens colorful.

What were you like when you were a child? My imagination was larger than the universe; very adventurous and I wanted to be everyone’s friend.

Who is the most influential person in your life?  Besides my parents, Mary Jane Westerlund, with so much knowledge and wisdom and her inspirational stories, has had a tremendous impact on my life.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? The humorous side of my personality.  Although I am serious-minded individual, I like to laugh because it’s a healthy benefit.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: Speaking with Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant at the Community Town Hall Meeting Promoting the “Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi Initiative:Teenage Pregnancy Prevention

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? It’s not all about winning the crown, because the person makes the crown.  If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?  Help make an impact in helping significantly reduce the number of Mississippi teen Pregnancy.

What is your secret wish or dream?  To be a princess at Disney World

I’m motivated by:  Being faced with a new challenge

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?  Being a teen-ager makes me have a personal connection to my platform. Promoting my platform will give me more incentive and encouragement to honor my moral value to demonstrate self-discipline.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?  4-H Youth Guest Speaker at the United State Senate Annual Transportation and Technology Dinner on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. addressing the impact of technology on the lives of today’s Youth and the innovative social medial program by MS 4-H

The one thing I can’t live without:  Pandora Bracelet or Chapstick

My best friend would describe me as:  Feisty, thoughtful, determined, a go-getter

Something interesting about my family:  I’m a sister to older twin girls

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:   I was walking backwards in church going to a classroom, didn’t realize how close I was to the wall.  When I turned around the wall hit me in the face.

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:  Sky diving

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:  No