Breana Kelley

Miss Jones County’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown:    Laurel, MS

Hobbies:        Ballet, painting, reading, shopping

School:           West Jones High School

Scholastic Ambition: Obtain a doctorate degree in Anesthesiology

Scholastic Honors:  Maintained 4.16 GPA, Mississippi Scholars, National Society of High SchoolScholars, Beta Club, National Spanish Honor Society, National Art Society, Serteens and Student Council

Talent:            Ballet en pointe

Platform:        American Cancer Society

What makes you special and unique? I was born with two holes in my heart, but they haven’t restricted me from any activities, including dance and track.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People may not initially realize that I am a major book worm.  I work very hard in school and study every night to maintain my 4.16 GPA while balancing it with over eight hours of dance a week.

Best advice you have ever received? Someone once told me, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

What can’t you live without? I can’t live without my family and my friends.  I could not make it without the love, support, advice, and motivation that they constantly provide me.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure is cotton candy ice cream.  I eat it at every opportunity any time of the year.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is science fiction because I love reading the action-filled books and then seeing them come to life on the big screen.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I see myself in college working towards my doctorate degree in Anesthesiology.

Most valuable lesson learned? My most valuable lesson learned is to not take anything for granted and to never give up under any circumstances.  In 2 Corinthians 12:10 it states, “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardship, in persecutions, in difficulties, for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My 96-year-old ballet teacher, Mr. Henry Danton, is someone I will forever look up to and admire for his hard work and determination.  He pushes me to be the best version of myself, and he has helped me fall in love with what I do and truly appreciate dance: how it allows me to express myself through my movements.

What motivates you? Living to please God and showing His love to those around me is my constant motivation.  I strive to be different from the world around me and live for His glory.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? This Christmas season, I was cast as Dewdrop Fairy in my local ballet studios production of The Nutcracker.

Best compliment you have ever received? Many people have told me that I am a beautiful dancer and they love watching me perform;   hearing this compliment makes all the long hours in the studio worthwhile.

Secret wish or dream? My secret wish is to be a part of the Criminal Mind’s BAU team.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? In my last dance recital, I fell backwards on my head while doing a layout during my solo.  No one else was on stage so of course everyone noticed my fall.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would like to try ball room dancing.  This is one genre of dance I’ve never tried before, and watching Dancing with the Stars really makes me want to take a class and get to wear all of their cute, sparkly costumes.

What is your super power? Time management.  I balance long hours at the ballet studio with long hours at school and studying at home.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I have learned to come out of my shell and to be confident with the person God created me to be.

Describe yourself in one word. Dedicated.

A Fun Family Fact? I have enjoyed going to the beach every summer with my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles for family time.  We love to eat, shop and hang out on the beach!

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

My name is Breana Kelley.  I am the Junior class secretary at West Jones High School, and I am also active in many clubs and organizations including:  Beta Club, National Spanish Honor Society, Spanish Club (VP), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Art Honor Society, Student Council (VP), B.E.S.T. Club, Crown Club, Serteens (Secretary), and TGIF.  I love getting involved and helping lead our student body to be the best we can be, and I also enjoy ringing my cowbell in support of our Mighty Mustangs sports teams.

I am an only child and started taking dance when I was two years old.  Around the age of seven I committed to one genre of dance: ballet.  Ever since then I have worked every day, in and out of class improving my technique with my amazing teachers there by my side every step of the way.  Unfortunately, I had to miss a year and a half because of two surgeries I had on my ankles where my doctor removed two bones causing discomfort and difficulty to my dancing career.  But after successful surgeries, I am back in the studio every day.  Dance is my happy place and I am so grateful my parents have encouraged and supported me throughout my years of dance.

Please write a short essay 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.

My platform is – The American Cancer Society.  The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community based, voluntary health organization founded in 1913.  They are dedicated to preventing cancer, supporting those affected, and ultimately finding the cure.  There are 2.5 million supporters helping fund the search and helping assist the patients and families impacted.  One of those families would be my own.  My grandfather lost his battle with lung cancer three years ago, and this further prompted me to support finding the cure and honoring those who have also lost the fight.  I have participated in my local Relay for Life the past 4 years and have raised money for the organization through my school and church.  Joining together with my community gives hope and shares the positive impact the American Cancer Society has on everyone personally impacted.