Anne Allen Hodge

Miss Desoto County’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown: Batesville, MS

Hobbies: Dance, Cheer, Water Sports, Reading, Cooking

School: North Delta School

Scholastic Ambition: to obtain a degree in International Studies then become a Diplomat to a Spanish-speaking nation

Scholastic Honors: highest averages in Honors Algebra I, Honors Algebra II, Honors English II, Computer, Honors World History, Spanish I; tied for Valedictorian; member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, and Quill and Scroll

Talent: Ballet on Pointe

Platform: Sharing the Gift of Dance

What makes you special and unique? I believe my personality and interests make me unique. I am a hard worker in all areas of my life. I strive to live each day guided by a kind heart and a generous spirit. I consider myself to be rather adventurous as well. I absolutely adore any sortof outdoor sports likehiking, exploring, or paddling down rivers.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? When people first meet me, they may not realize how academically successful I am. I have made straight A’s all my life while taking as many honors courses as are offered. I also made a 31 on the ACT on my first time to take it as a sophomore. I am so excited to test again- I am hoping to go up a few points!

Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I have ever received came from my fifth grade teacher. She was teaching The Tale of Despereaux, and was explaining sympathy to the class. Sympathy is the ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes. Being sympathetic to others will help you to be kind, understanding, and patient. I have found that she was right- sympathy is certainly a very good guiding emotion.

What can’t you live without? I cannot live without my twin sister Caroline. She is my eternal confidant who is always willing to laugh at my bad jokes and watch silly Instagram videos with me. Caroline is my very best friend in this world, and there are not enough words to describe how much she means to me. Our friendship is my biggest treasure, and I could not live without it.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasures are chocolate milkshakes, especially if they come from Backyard Burgers or Chick-Fil-A.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre varies from romantic comedy such as27 Dresses to whimsical action, generallyHarry Potter.My mood usually determines which movie I wind up watching, but Harry Potter and 27 Dresses are great any day.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? I want to help people in impoverished nations. My goal is to become a diplomat for the United States of America to a Spanish-speaking country.  As a diplomat, I would be able to help others and serve my county. However, my most important goal in life is to always be gracious towards others. I certainly see this future for myself in ten years, even if my career ambitions change.

Most valuable lesson learned? The most valuable lesson I have learned is that happiness is a choice you make every single day. You must be positive and learn to see the world in a cup-half-full way.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model is Emma Watson. I truly admire the way she has handled herself growing up with fame, pursuing a higher education and putting her skills to work for UN’s HeForShe. He for She is a women’s equality movement devoted to the principle that gender equality is an issue that affects all people. I admire Emma’s willingness to work for a positive change in our world, and I hope to emulate her leadership and devotion to her work.

What motivates you? I am motivated by the desire for a bright future. I believe America is the land of opportunity, and I intend to take every opportunity I can!

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? I am very honored to be a recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship Award in recognition of being a page for state and district DAR conferences. I love that the DAR promotes citizenship, education, and history, so receiving this award meant a lot to me.

Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment I have ever received came from one of my teachers. She told me I was her dream child-kind and smart. To receive a compliment from someone I admire and respect so much meant a great deal to me.

Secret wish or dream? I wouldlove to be able to fly. I feel as though the world would be such an amazing place to see from the clouds!Also, flying would be a fabulous mode of transportation.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? One of my most embarrassing moments occurred when I was touring a college with my twin sister. Our dad could not make the tour, but was going through a phase where we watched Million Dollar Listing New York almost every night. A man on the show has a signature victory move called the high kick(think dinosaur arms and flamingo stance then kicking out a leg). My sister and I knew our dad would be delighted to receive a video of us high kicking, so we waited until no one was in sight. Just as we started filming our high kicks, a college boy walked by and looked at our high kicks like we were aliens. It was a funny video though!

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? One thing that I would like to try that is definitely out of my comfort zone is going into a shark tank. I am absolutely horrified at the idea of seeing a shark in the water and up close, but I know a shark tank would be an exhilarating bucket-list experience!

What is your super power? My super power is the ability to pick objects off of the floor and open drawers with my toes! I pick everything from pens to boots off the floor with my toes.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I have learned the beauty of new friendships and helping others to be the best version of themselves during my time in the Miss Mississippi Program. Every girl I have met has been kind,  thoughtful, and patient in lending a helping hand to each other. It is so wonderfully encouraging to see girls picking each other up. I believe our world needs a pick-me-up sometimes, and the Miss Mississippi Program has a platform to help!

Describe yourself in one word. I would describe myself as kind.

A Fun Family Fact? I am an identical twin, but we are not the only multiples in the family! I have little cousins who are triplets, and my father’s cousin has a set of twins.

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.

My name is Anne Allen Hodge. I am from Batesville in the beautiful state of Mississippi. I attend North Delta School where I am tied for the top spot in my class, give the morning announcements on Wednesdays, cheer, and participate in various clubs and organizations. I am a member of my school’s Math and Science Team in addition to being on the Quiz Bowl Team. I am proud to have been a Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership ambassador this past summer. In addition to school activities, I attend dance classes at the Oxford Academy of Dance. Dance is my passion, and this is what lead to teaching weekly for the Boys and Girls Club. In my community as a whole, I am involved with Crown Club(under the direction of Junior Auxiliary) and the Batesville Sub-Deb Cotillion Club. I volunteer at my church and help with Sunday School. On the state level, I page for the Daughters of the American Revolution at their annual conference in February.

I consider myself a well-rounded individual. I love nature and hiking. I have been fortunate to be able to hike the Appalachian Trail and to raft the Grand Canyon. At a summer camp I attended, I was awarded Paddler of the Week for my canoeing on multiple rivers with various levels of difficulty concerning rapids and currents. I love long bike rides and reading outdoors. The outdoors is not the only place I love to be, though. I adore any place where I can immerse myself in culture. I love art museums, playhouses, and music halls. I feel like learning new things is a process that should happen every day of your life, so I also love historical and scientific museums. I enjoy traveling to see new places and to learn how other people think.

Fun facts and quirks are my favorite things to know about people. A fun fact about me is that I am an identical twin. This means that either I split to form my sister or that she split to form me. I am rather competitive on this point. Since I was born first, I have always hoped I was the splitter. This is always a fun debate in my household. I have three dogs and three cats. I love my pets, but most of them are surprise pets. They wandered up to my house and never left. Somewhere along that time period, I fell in love with my sweet animal friends. I enjoy just about all types of movies, and my favorite music falls in classical, pop, or show tunes, depending on the day.I feel the best way to live is with an open mind, kind heart, and a generous soul. The Miss Mississippi Program has taught me a lot about what it means to be a friend, and I am forever grateful for that. Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen has a true platform that could be used for so much good, and I would be honored to use my talents to help others.

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.

Dance has been my favorite activity since before I can remember. I have been privileged to be able to drive to Oxford for dance, but in my hometown of Batesville, there are limited opportunities to learn ballet. Ballet’s structure and discipline have had an enormous effect on my life. I have learned to prioritize and how to manage my time due to long hours spent in dance and in transport to dance. Ballet’s physical benefits allow me to keep my body healthy, strong, and stretched. Exposure to the arts has been statistically seen to improve classroom performance, and I see myself as a prime example of this statistic.

My family has been involved with the Boys and Girls Club for a long time. My mother used to teach dance classes for them when she operated a dance studio. She made the decision to stop teaching once my schedule became too busy to work so many hours. This also stopped classes at the Boys and Girls Club on the weekly level.I started my platform, Sharing the Gift of Dance, as a way to combine my love for the art of dance with the needs of my hometown.I realized these children still deserved a chance to dance, so my sister and I began teaching at their summer camps. I have taught at the Boys and Girls Club summer camps for the past three years. Once I began to drive, my schedule was opened up in ways that previously had not been possible. I loved teaching dance at summer camps, but now here was an opportunity to teach year-round!I now teach ballet to around twenty girls every Wednesday. My classes alternate between the six/seven age group and the eight/nine age group. My adorable dance students have become my favorite part of my week. They love learning new steps and dances, but I love teaching them even more. I am so lucky to get to share something I enjoy with my community.

I hope to encourage others to volunteer at their local Boys and Girls Club. I believe each person has their own special talent and should share it with as many people as possible. Volunteering by teaching dance to children who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunityleaves me with a happy heart. I am excited about my student’s futures, and I know they will shine bright. My wish would be for arts to be offered at Boys and Girls Clubs all across America, taught by my generation’s leaders. Sharing the Gift of Dance is something I am truly passionate about,and I am looking forward to seeing the program grow.