Annabelle Bunch

Miss Southern Magnolia’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown: Saltillo, MS

Hobbies: dance, playing softball, fishing, deer hunting

School: Itawamba Agricultural High School

Scholastic Ambition: I plan to graduate high school with honors and attend Mississippi State University. After finishing college, I want to pursue a career in public relations.

Scholastic Honors: Enrolled in 10th grade Honors English, Completed 9th grade Honors English. 3rd place in the IAC Science Fair, IAC Honor Roll, Accelerated English, Classroom Mentor for Foundations of Algebra

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Just Too Sweet! – Awareness, Advocacy, and Action to cure Type 1 Diabetes

What makes you special and unique?I am living proof that normal is what you make it.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I live and manage an autoimmune disease p Type 1 Diabetes.

Best advice you have ever received? If you are always trying to be “normal”, you will never know how amazing you can actually be.

What can’t you live without? To be healthy: Insulin – it’s a must!  To be happy:  My cell phone!  It connects me to my family, friends and the world.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? A strawberry milkshake from In-N-Out.  It is not good for me, but my goodness, it is wonderful.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Definitely comedy.  Humor heals the soul and I love funny things and to laugh.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years, I will be a new college graduate pursuing a career in public relations.

Most valuable lesson learned? At a very young age I learned what to say and what not to say in certain situations.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? Miss Mississippi 2011, Mary Margaret Roark because serving as her princess changed my life for the better.  She gave me so many opportunities to learn, grow, and celebrate who I am and how I can serve others.

What motivates you? Being told I can’t do something because I am a girl.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Raising $7800 to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Best compliment you have ever received? The most meaningful compliment I have ever received is that I am fun to be around.

Secret wish or dream? To star in a movie with Matthew McConaughey or Ryan Reynolds!

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? My first t-ball game I swung the bat and hit the ball really hard.  Everyone yelled run, Annabelle, run – I dropped my head and stood perfectly still.  When my dad said you have to run to first base, I looked up, put my hands on my hips and said I am not running in front of all these people.  I became the t-ball bat girl for the rest of the season.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Skydiving.  Someone will have to push me out of the plane, but one airborne I think it will be awesome.

What is your super power? Reading minds – at least my parents.  You know that look speaks volumes.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? No matter what life throws your way, you must adapt, recover and move on!

Describe yourself in one word. Inspiring

A Fun Family Fact? Every summer for the last 28 years, twenty two members of my family ranging from ages newborn to 85, have vacationed together for an entire week in the same house.

Please write a short essay describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are.

Hello, my name is Annabelle Bunch and I have the incredible opportunity to serve as Miss Southern Magnolia’s Outstanding Teen 2017.  As a product of the Princess program being in the Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen pageant is a natural progression for my journey to success.

Currently I am a sophomore at Itawamba Agricultural High School where I am a two sport athlete; cheerleading and softball and a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  I have studied voice for 1 year, piano for 3 years and dance for 9 years.  My favorite style of dance is clogging.  I have three dogs: Princess, Badger and Dash and one cat:  Dabby.  My favorite meal is breakfast and my favorite color is turquoise.  I love, love, love my cell phone.  It is fun to connect with others but it has taught me the value of taking time to disconnect and enjoy the world happening around me.

I have a real passion for finding a cure for Type One Diabetes because at the age of four I began the journey of managing a disease 24/7/365.  My journey has taught me acceptance, compassion and to overcome adversity.  This program inspires me to inspire others.

Please write a short essay explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject.

Just Too Sweet!  Is designed to promote awareness, advocacy and action in the fight to find a cure for Type One diabetes.  Type One diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin – a hormone essential to turning food into energy.  It strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle.  It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing and a lifelong dependence on injected insulin.

On February 23, 2006, I was diagnosed with Type One diabetes at the age of 4.  My life changed forever that day.  Being insulin dependent, it is important to eat healthy, exercise and check my blood sugar 6 to 8 times a daily.  I’ll be honest some days it is very hard to be an active 14 year old.  If my blood sugar is low, I feel very tired and weak.  If my blood sugar is high, I have trouble concentrating and seem to talk nonstop.  If I’m lucky my blood sugar will be at my target, but that takes constant management.  My family and I are determined to work hard every day in hopes a cure for Type 1 diabetes will be found.  After 11 years I realize living with Type One Diabetes is my normal and with your help we can give millions that suffer from T1D a new normal.  Let’s work together to find a cure.