Anna Katherine Hoops
Miss Rolling Hills
Hometown: Madison, Mississippi
Platform: Community Keepers
Talent: Vocal performance: “Think of Me” from the Broadway musical “The Phantom of the Opera”
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? University of Mississippi
What is your major? Musical Theatre
What is your scholastic ambition? To graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Mississippi, and continue my education attending an arts school in Chicago
List scholastic honors: Provost Scholar at the University of Mississippi; Awarded a University of Mississippi Academic Excellence Scholarship; winner of Academic Excellence Award for “Outstanding Accomplishment and Performance in Academics” at my high school.
Biggest non-academic accomplishment: Making lifelong friends with people from all over the world while I was attending a boarding school in Minnesota my last two years of high school
What is your favorite style of music? Indie/ Alternative
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love horror movies because I love not knowing what will happen next, and being kept on the edge of my seat.
What is your favorite gadget? My iPhone
What is your favorite blog? Any Tumblr blog; beauty and fashion blogs.
What is your favorite place to visit? New York City
What is your favorite food? Anything chocolate – especially my mom’s chocolate cake!
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Do you twitter? Yes!
Favorite sport: I love the atmosphere of baseball; the most exciting game is basketball!
Favorite sports team: Chicago Cubs – they have always been my dad’s favorite.
Favorite actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
Favorite actress: Emma Watson
Favorite television program: Anything on the Discovery Channel
Favorite wardrobe accessory: Rings
Thing to do on a weekend: Spending time with my family and friends, catching up on good movies, and I love to cook!
Favorite way to spend a day off: Catching up on sleep and working out
What is your hometown like? Madison has been a wonderful place to grow up – small but growing steadily. My dad has been the city’s community development director most of my life and has worked hard to help ensure it has a great quality of life and is attractive and well planned.
What were you like when you were a child? Sassy!
Who is the most influential person in your life? My mom has a close friend who has known me my whole life and has always taken a special interest in me. She has made me believe in myself and has encouraged me to set goals and achieve those goals.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I’m a risk taker, and am more outgoing than I first appear: I like to observe first but can definitely be a leader.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: When I was in the Dominican Republic on a mission trip last year, I realized how much I have to be thankful for and to not take life for granted. I realized that small moments are always more important than the big ones.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? I have learned that anything you want requires a lot of hard work, patience and self-motivation, but it makes the success that much more wonderful!
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I would want to educate communities and the state on the growing problem of overpopulated animal shelters, and make sure people are aware of how simple it is to give back to these shelters and care for the animals, because they give us back so much more!
What is your secret wish or dream? I would love to visit every continent in my lifetime. Our family has traveled a lot and I’ really love to see the world!
I’m motivated by: Selfimprovement. That’s why competing in the Miss Mississippi program has been such a rewarding experience for me.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Yes. Adopted pets have always been a part of my family. After our rescue cat of 18 years died, I adopted a rabbit, then a cat, and temporarily sheltered a stray dog. I realized how rewarding it was and how much it positively affected these animal’s lives, as well as ours!
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? Talking my parents into letting me pack up and move 1,200 miles away to go to boarding school in Minnesota at the age of 16! It was a great experience and I have learned so much!.
The one thing I can’t live without: My Bible
My best friend would describe me as: Genuine, and a good listener and problem solver.
Something interesting about my family: My dad went to Mississippi State; my mom went to Southern Miss, and I’m a student at Ole Miss – so we have all the major college loyalties in the state covered. Sometimes this makes it very interesting during football season!
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: I fell down the stairs at my high school graduation.
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: Rock climbing. I know it would be difficult, but I would be willing to give it a try.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: We have a dachshund named Doodles, who is 10 years old; and an adopted cat, affectionately named Bad Kitty, who is a year old. Thanks to their nine–year age difference, they don’t get well at all!