Bethany Cuevas

Miss Magnolia
Hometown: Long Beach, Mississippi
Platform: Volunteerism: Every Hour Counts
Talent: Acro Jazz Dance
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? The University of Southern Mississippi
What is your major? Elementary Education
What is your scholastic ambition? To earn a Doctorate in Education and ultimately become an English Professor after being an elementary education teacher
List scholastic honors: Scored Advanced on the Mississippi State Algebra and U.S. History Test, Beta Club, Graduated high school with Honors, National Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Outstanding Freshman in the College of Education and Psychology, and the President’s List at U.S.M.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: My biggest non-academic accomplishment to date was winning a 5A State Championship title in cheerleading back to back. The feeling from working so hard together as a team and achieving our goal was both rewarding and exhilarating
What is your favorite style of music? Contemporary Pop/Rock, John Mayer is my favorite musician
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Documentaries. I enjoy them because they reveal a lot of information about interesting topics. It is nice to see the facts come to life on the screen
What is your favorite gadget? My favorite gadget is the Magic Bullet. It is a blender that I received as a Christmas gift. I love to make fruit smoothies with it. It is extremely useful for my lifestyle because I am always on the go
What is your favorite blog? My favorite blog is Tone It Up! It is a blog that motivates me to do extra workouts in my home when I have down time. It also has a lot of information on nutrition
What is your favorite place to visit? I absolutely love going to Disney World! My family and I celebrated my 18th birthday at Cinderella’s Castle
What is your favorite food? I love all types of seafood, but crab legs are my favorite. Living on the Gulf Coast has definitely spoiled me
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? Julie and Julia would be my choice because I love reading about Julia Child. I think it would keep me laughing, so I would forget about being bored on a deserted island
Do you twitter? I have one but I don’t use it very often. It is not my favorite social media outlet
What is your favorite? Sport: football Sports Team: New Orleans Saints Actor: Morgan Freeman Actress: Meryl Streep Television Program: Dancing With the Stars Wardrobe Accessory: Bracelets Things to do on a weekend: Running the Beach, Running 10K’s, going shopping, riding in the boat, going out to eat, and going to the movies Way to spend a day off: I like to get a pedicure, soak in the hot tub after a great work out, and play with my Chihuahuas
Please keep the answers to the following question to two sentences or less
What is your hometown like? I live in the friendly city of Long Beach only three miles from the beach. It is small but a wonderful place to live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
What were you like when you were a child? Growing up, I loved to play outside with my Shetland pony, turtle, cat, and Australian Cattle dog. I loved being involved with cheerleading, gymnastics, dancing, and basketball
Who is the most influential person in your life? The most influential person in my life is my mother. She has taught me to go after my dreams, which makes her the person I can always turn to for anything
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? One thing people may not immediately realize when they meet me is I love to laugh. I enjoy making people happy
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: A defining moment is my life was when Hurricane Katrina devastated my hometown. It forever changed my life in a way that helped me appreciate life and learn how to give back
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? I have learned that the Miss America Program is a sisterhood. The Miss America Program has taught me the true meaning of friendship
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? If I were crowned Miss Mississippi, I would want to continue spreading the news about the importance of volunteering and how to get involved with different organizations. Through my platform, I would continue to encourage everyone young or old to get involved with the Children’s Miracle Network and the Miss Mississippi Organization
What is your secret wish or dream? My secret wish is to be Princess Belle at Disney World. I would love to stay in Cinderella’s Castle also
I’m motivated by: Health and Nutrition. Exercise and eating clean are part of my daily routine. I think it is very important to take care of my body because it cannot be replaced
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Yes, there are many different personal connections because I am a volunteer for many different organizations, not just one. I have realized the importance of helping those in need
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? I think the most significant event in my lifetime has been the creation of social media. It is used everyday and has changed our world completely since everyone is able to stay connected in a way that was never possible before
The one thing I can’t live without: I cannot live without my cell phone. It is my GPS and allows me to stay in contact with my friends and family
My best friend would describe me as: helpful and sincere. My best friend says she fell in love with my heart
Something interesting about my family: My family comes from a long line of educators and many of their names begin with the letter J
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: The most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me would have to be performing a dance on a stage that was too small .I tumbled into someone who was sitting in a chair on the side of the stage
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I would love to try skydiving. It is something completely out of my element because I usually do not like jumping off of things, especially being that far above ground
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: Yes, I do have pets. I have four Applehead Chihuahuas and their names are Lilo, Stitch, Tiki, and Maui