Bethani Grace Alman

Miss Brandon’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown: Brandon, MS

Hobbies: Cheering, Basketball, Archery, Hunting and Fishing

School: Pelahatchie High School

Scholastic Ambition: To Graduate with honors and attend Mississippi State University majoring in veterinary medicine.

Scholastic Honors: Duke TIP Scholar; National League Language Arts Award, National League Science Award; National League Math Award; Scholastic Achievement Award – All A’s

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Be B.R.A.V.E. (Building Respect, Acceptance, and Values for Everyone)

What makes you special and unique? My laugh, I’ve always been told my laugh is very distinctive and extremely contagious!

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I am on my school’s archery team and a member of Future Farmers of America.

Best advice you have ever received? I was once told to find my inner warrior.  Life is full of fabulous events, however, life isn’t always easy!  You’re going to go through a lot in your life that will test your strength, test your patience, make you want to give up hope, and even make you lose yourself for a while.  That’s okay!  That’s part of life, and as long as you don’t give into that weakness, but take care of yourself, you‘ll find out just how strong you are.  When you actually overcome obstacles with even an ounce of grace, humility and appreciation for yourself and your strength, you’ll evolve into this amazing, strong person that can conquer anything the world brings your way.

What can’t you live without? A big cup of coffee!

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Ghirardelli Chocolate Dark & Sea Salt Caramel Squares

What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love a good romantic comedy especially from the 1980’s or early 1990’s.  There is nothing like laughing and crying all at once.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In 10 years, I hope to be finishing vet school and looking to start my own practice.

Most valuable lesson learned? Always be true to yourself!

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My Paw Varner, he is the Godliest man I know and is a true example of what it means to live your life for the Lord.

What motivates you? Making a difference & the feeling you get inside when you serve others.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? I had the opportunity to author Mississippi House Bill 633 and lobby for the bill before the House Education Committee.

Best compliment you have ever received? Almost 2 years ago, a friend of my family called and asked permission to name her daughter Bella Grace after me.  At the time, I thought it was extremely cool but, now I know what an extreme honor and compliment it is to have someone name their child after you.

Secret wish or dream? I would love to be on Family Feud with Steve Harvey!

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? On my first day of high school, I mistakenly walked into the boy’s restroom.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I have and extreme fear of heights.  I would love to overcome that fear and try sky-diving.

What is your super power? I’m a baby whisper!  I have always had a way with babies and toddlers.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I was 5 the first time a princess in the Miss Mississippi Pageant and spent the next 6 years serving as a princess for both teen and miss pageants.  During this time and even now as a title holder, I have learned that once a person can make a difference and one person can significantly impact someone’s life.

Describe yourself in one word. Passionate

A Fun Family Fact? Both my 29th& 30th great-grandfathers were the King of England.

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

Scholar, athlete, proud big sister, and daughter are words commonly used to describe me.  However, I’m also hardworking, dedicated, fun loving, free spirited and passionate.  Most importantly, I am comfortable being me!

As a victim of bullying, I have learned how to stand up for myself, I’ve learned to love and respect myself, and I’ve learned how important it is to be comfortable in your own skin.  Whether I’m on the stage performing, studying in a quiet classroom or reading to a group of students, I am comfortable with being Grace.

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

Be BRAVE ( Building Respect, Acceptance and Values for Everyone)

Drama, Bullying, Teasing, Harassment.  No matter what you call it, it hurts.  If you’re pushed, hit, or kicked, it can hurt physically.  If you’re ignored by your classmates or cruel things are posted about you online, it can hurt emotionally.  If it happens to you, you’ve probably asked yourself “Why me?” and you know how painful it is to be treated this way.

The Be BRAVE campaign aims to stop bullying in our schools.  Short for Building Respect, Acceptance and Values for Everyone, the Be BRAVE campaign provides students with the tools, knowledge and support to be pro-active in confronting and stopping bullying.

As a survivor of bullying, I have spent the past 2 years travelling throughout the Mississippi sharing my story.  With bullying victims, I remind them that they can take back control, that bullying isn’t their fault, and they have the right to make it stop.  Victims need to know that they aren’t alone.  Unfortunately, bullying happens to a lot of kids in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools all over the world.  No one deserves to be bullied, everyone deserves respect, and everyone has the right to feel safe at school.  Secondly, I remind victims to be a self-advocate.  Being a “self-advocate” means speaking up for yourself, telling adults you trust what is going on, and taking positive action.  Lastly, I remind victims to assert their rights.  Every student has the right to feel safe at school.  If one adult isn’t able to help, don’t give up!  It’s your right to talk to an adult such as a parent, teacher, counselor, school administrator, coach, or youth pastor.