Amelie Goss

Miss Washington County

Hometown:  Rolling Fork, MS

Platform:       Foundation for a Future Generation

Talent:           Lyrical Contemporary Dance

What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Delta State University

What is your major?  Child Development

What is your scholastic ambition?  After obtaining my Bachelor’s degree, I will pursue a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.

List scholastic honors:  Dean’s List

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:  Leading my sorority in a successful formal recruitment process.

What is your favorite style of music?  70’s and 80’s rock

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Comedies; I love to laugh.

What is your favorite gadget?  My phone because it keeps me in contact with my friends and family and holds my favorite songs and pictures.

What is your favorite blog? Proverbs 31 Ministries

What is your favorite place to visit?  Anywhere I can go on a boat.  I love being on the water.

What is your favorite food? Breakfast food.  I love bacon and pancakes.

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?  The Bible.  I haven’t yet read the entire bible and like the idea of doing so on a deserted island without everyday distractions.

Do you twitter?  Occasionally

What is your favorite?

Sport:  Football                    Sports Team:  DSU Statesman, of course

Actor:  Kevin Hart                Actress:   Jennifer Lawrence

Television Program:  Tie between Fixer Upper and Modern Family

Wardrobe Accessory: Purse or shoes

Thing to do on a weekend: Weekend getaway with friends that includes sightseeing. Shopping and eating.

Way to spend a day off: Relaxing at home with my family, my dog and a home cooked meal.

What is your hometown like? Small and charming.  Many of the people in my hometown work hard to preserve the rich, beautiful history of the area.  Rolling Fork holds a festival every year to honor Teddy Roosevelt’s visit to the area, and each year a new, intricately detailed bear statue is added to the town.

What were you like when you were a child?  Probably a little mischievous.  I always loved to dance, and would breakout in song and dance anywhere at any time.

Who is the most influential person in your life? My mother because she’s shown me what it means to truly love someone through her hard work and self-sacrifice.  She’s always gone above and beyond to allow me to reach goals and chase dreams.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?  Outwardly, people might see me as a girly girl cheerleader with sparkly nails but my playlists would be more appreciated by a middle-aged truck driver.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:  Not winning a specific local title despite much prayer and preparation taught me to move forward and trust that God had something better in store for me.  He exceeded my expectations by blessing me with two directors that have gone above and beyond to guide me through this process.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?  Striving to be “perfect” isn’t the same as striving to be the best version of yourself.  I’ve met so many people throughout this program that have encouraged and assisted me in the process of reaching my fullest potential.  For this, I’m forever grateful.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Yearof Service? I would like to make a positive impact on every person I meet, especially children.  I would also like to serve our communities with fellow Mississippians who share a passion for making our state a better place, and represent Mississippi in a way that would make her people proud.

What is your secret wish or dream?  I would really like to be able to play the harmonica, and have had this set as a future goal for a while.  Only my closest friends knew this about me.

I’m motivated by:  An irrepressible desire to give my best in any challenge I take on.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?  I strongly feel as though I’m called to be a teacher.  In addition to laying a solid academic foundation for young minds, I would also like to incorporate ethical principles in the foundations for our future generation.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? I had the pleasure of attending Chrysalis, which is a weekend long spiritual retreat.  For me, this life changing experience illustrated the depth of God’s unending love and mercy for us.

The one thing I can’t live without: My family, best friends and cookies and milk.

My best friend would describe me as:  Best person to laugh with, adventurous, understanding, great listener, scary organized, and super passionate about whatever she’s involved in.

Something interesting about my family:  My brand new baby sister shares her first name with our current Miss America, Savvy.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: During my high school cheerleading career, it rained before one of our biggest home games.  During this game as I was carefully stepping through the slippery delta mud, my feet flew out from under me and I fell in front of everyone in the stands.  I spend the rest of the game cheering with a mud stained bottom that was stark white before the fall.

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I would someday like to go skydiving.  The thought of it is intriguing, but also extremely terrifying.

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:  I have a teacup Yorkie named Emmylou.  She weighs three pounds, has her own Instagram account. Wears monogrammed dresses on special occasions, has her hair brushed twice a day, and is the definition of a spoiled fur child.