Annabella Sills

Miss Meridian
Hometown: Meridian, Mississippi
Platform: Importance of Volunteerism
Talent: Baton Twirling
Hobbies: cooking with my grandmother (Mimi), going camping with family, writing, painting, being outdoors, playing sports, reading, playing with baby animals, photography
School: Lamar School
Scholastic Ambition: Graduate High School with academic honors and obtain a double major in marketing and communications from a college or university. I also wish to study abroad
Scholastic Honors: Beta Club, Honor Roll, AP/Honors Classes, Multiple years as top in class
What makes you special and unique? I have a wide variety of interest and can easily relate to others. I am very adventurous and love trying new things. I also help bring out the best in others with my positive attitude and optimistic spirit
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I am a very logical thinker and usually make decisions after evaluating the pros and cons. When people first meet me they may not realize how strategically focused and logical I can be.
Best advice you have ever received? I was told to always remember that God is with me and that He will never leave me, therefore in times of trouble I turn to Him for guidance and strength
What can’t you live without? I absolutely could not live without my relationship with Jesus. He helps me everyday and I could not get through the trials of life without my personal relationship with Him
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? After a long day, my dad will make me a milkshake while I bake some chocolate chip cookies and we will enjoy them and relax together as we eat the whole batch
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I enjoy watching action movies because I love the fast paced adventure and excitement of the genre
Where do you see yourself in ten years? I envision myself as a successful CMO of a large company with a loving husband and wonderful children. I hope to have been on several mission trips and continuing to serve others
Most valuable lesson learned? I have learned to stand up for my beliefs and defend my faith because if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My dad is my most valued role model because he has taught me to have a strong work ethic and to persevere through life’s toughest challenges with God’s help
What motivates you? Knowing that others look up to me and watch how I handle myself in difficult situations motivates me to be my best everyday and to surpass the high standards that others have set for me
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? I was awarded the honor of being elected mayor for the Meridian Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council which has lead me to influence others to be leaders in their community. It has also helped me create community wide volunteer projects
Best compliment you have ever received? I was really touched when someone told me that they were thankful for me being such a great role model to their own children. They said that many younger children look up to me and that I am setting a great path for them to follow. That compliment was the greatest that I have ever received
Secret wish or dream? I have always dreamed of being a Disney princess and would love to be able to go to hospitals and make rounds visiting the children so that I can put a smile on their face
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? My best friend and I went skiing for the first time over spring break and we accidently went up the professional skiers’ slope and had to scoot down 3300 feet while carrying our skies
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would love to go indoor skydiving because I am a very cautious person and usually analyze the dangerous aspects of activities of that nature, but I think that it would be fun and adventurous
What is your super power? I am a very optimistic person and can help solve problems with my positive attitude
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I have learned to be confident in who I am and to stand up for what I believe in while simply being myself
Describe yourself in one word. Optimistic
A Fun Family Fact? My grandmother loves cooking and during summer the grandkids go to Mimi’s house to stay and learn her delicious secret homemade recipes
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
As a 17-year-old headstrong junior, I am learning how to be an independent woman in a dependent society. I embrace the opportunity to be a positive role model as I have been inspired by positive girls who have come before me. I enjoy school and try to challenge myself academically, although I would enjoy having recess again. Outside of school, I constantly stay busy volunteering and participating in extracurricular activities. I love being involved with leadership roles in social service groups, youth leadership organizations, community service projects, my church youth group, and sports teams. However, I love taking time to slow down and enjoy my hobbies such as reading, writing, photography, and of course cooking! I eat about half the food while I’m cooking it, so that delays the process, but I can’t help it when I’m using my Mimi’s homemade recipes! My family is extremely important to me as most of my favorite memories come from time spent with family. Whether we are eating a meal together and discussing our day or simply taking a nice family walk, we are constantly amusing one another. I love taking road trips with friends and family and hope to someday travel the world. In college, I would love to study abroad. Mission trips, whether at home or abroad, have always played an important role in my life. My family not only supports me in all my endeavors but they encourage me to live my life as an example of Christ. The strong precedent that my family has set has encouraged me to be a positive role model in my everyday life. Whether I am seen on stage or helping someone behind the curtain, I try to stay genuine to myself and true to my beliefs
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
I chose “The Importance of Volunteerism” as my platform because I have always been passionate about investing in my community through the giving of my time. Through this platform, I help advocate the need for volunteerism within the community, while simultaneously teaching others that neither age, race, gender, nor status restricts who can give back to their community. Being a positive role model has always been extremely important in my life, as I try to live out my message of volunteerism. At the end of my freshman year of high school, I set a goal to reach 100 hours of community service in 2 months. I surpassed that goal and continued to increase my personal bar for community service hours. My goal has increased to 500 hours by the time I begin my senior year and I am on track with 450 hours thus far. However, I quickly learned that it is not about the hours you invest in your community but the impact you make. Creating personal relationships with others and investing in their lives has become extremely important in my life. Spreading the message of “The Importance of Volunteerism” has been very rewarding as I see a small ripple of change impact others’ lives and their community in large ways. As I share my platform with others, I want to inspire them to make a positive impact in their community as doing so has helped shaped me into the person I am today. As you are reading this, please know that it only takes one person to stand up and make a difference; one person to take the time to make a positive impact in someone’s life. Your age, race, gender, nor status can stop you from being a positive role model who invests in their community through volunteerism