Brooklyn Mooney

Miss Turtle Creek
Hometown: Collins, MS
Platform: Children’s Mental Health Awareness
Talent: play piano
Hobbies: piano, mock trial, speech and debate, traveling, horseback riding, hiking, writing, reading
School: Sacred Heart Catholic High School
Scholastic Ambition: graduate from the Vanderbilt University Law School
Scholastic Honors: National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Math League, All A Honor Roll, National Society of High School Scholars, Sr. Beta Club
What makes you special and unique? My passion for reaching out to my community, state, and nation to encourage my generation to be the most positive components of society they can be is something I believe makes me special and unique. Every day that I get to speak to someone about my platform children’s mental health awareness is a day that I cherish and grow as a person
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I am in love with the Despicable Me movies and minions! I have a minion coloring book, phone case, and a pair of minion pajamas and socks! I definitely think that’s something people wouldn’t immediately realize about me
Best advice you have ever received? My mother always taught my sister and I to never apologize for being ourselves and I think that’s a valuable piece of advice because as long as you’re being the best and most positive person you can be, there’s nothing to be sorry for
What can’t you live without? I cannot live a day without my cat, Daphne. I love her so much and if I go on trips I have to call every day to make sure someone goes and plays with her! She’s like my child
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasure would have to be buying books. If I have some extra money and I don’t direly need something right then I will go to my local book store and spend all my money there
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I LOVE thriller and suspense movies! They’re so much more entertaining and captivating than comedies or romances in my opinion. I feel like I’m a part of the movie and I love the emotions that come with that
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I see myself still in college! I hope to graduate from the Vanderbilt University of Law so I’ll probably be in college for a good ten years
Most valuable lesson learned? The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is something that my history teacher taught me and it is to never apply a narrow sense of our American culture on the world or history. All people are different and all cultures are unique. Just because I or we do something differently than others does not make what others are doing wrong
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model is singer/songwriter/actress Demi Lovato. Ever since I was in fifth grade I have looked up to her and she has inspired me to be the best Brooklyn I can be. She was also the person who got me involved in anti-bullying and children’s mental health awareness campaigns
What motivates you? Overcoming my past personal issues is something that motivates me because I now know no matter how difficult things become, I can and will make it through them
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest accomplishment I’ve made is being awarded the Silver Key winner for the Eudora Welty Writing Competition in the personal essay category. It was a great honor as writing is a huge part in my life and something I love to do
Best compliment you have ever received? When I was in Washington D.C. with my school, we toured the White House and at the end of the tour I was talking with a secret service agent and he told me that he could see me being a powerful role model and leader in the future which is something that I will never forget. I cherish that compliment and the kindness in that man’s words every day
Secret wish or dream? A secret dream of mine is to be a published author. I love writing and do it daily, and for all that to pay off one day is something I can only hope for
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? During one of my first major piano performances, I sat down at the piano and completely forgot my piece, but my teacher always taught me to play like I know exactly what I’m doing even if I don’t, so I just completely made up an entire song! It was definitely embarrassing for me but thankful everyone in the crowd thought that was actually what I was supposed to play
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would love to go sky diving even though I’m terrified of heights. I know it would be an amazing experience if I could just get over my fear
What is your super power? My personal super power would have to be my self-determination, but if I could have any super power it would be to be able to read minds
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? Something the Miss Mississippi Program has taught me is to be radiant and inspirational which I think is a very valuable lesson everyone young girl should learn. I am so thankful to be a part of a program that has helped me come out of my shell and encourage others to do the same
Describe yourself in one word. Quirky
A Fun Family Fact? My great, great, great grandparents Adam and Caroline Faler emigrated from Germany to Bassfield, Mississippi and built a house called Faler Mansion that is still standing today
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
Born unto two loving parents in 1998, I came into the world surrounded by uplifting and positive family members who encouraged me to be my best self. As soon as I could start reading and writing, I began plowing through Dr. Seuss books and writing short stories. By the age of eight I had started piano and became obsessed with classical and romantic music. I continue to do all of these things and they all play vital roles in my life as they have awarded me, inspired me, and changed me. My parents and big sister supported me through all my decisions and helped me through my dark times. I conquered all of my negative issues and got involved in anti-bullying campaigns by fifth grade which helped me focus of positivity. I moved to my current school Sacred Heart when I was in eighth grade and I’m now a junior in high school. I am a co-founder of Living Poets Society, a creative writing club, a member of Social Justice League, a community service club, and a witness on Sacred Heart’s state champion mock trial team. A huge part in my life is traveling and I have been lucky enough to travel to seven countries, our nation’s capital, and to both coasts of America. I love traveling and meeting different people of different cultures because it helps shape me into a well-rounded American citizen. Every chance that I have to go to new places, meet new people, and try new things, I take on gladly
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
My platform is Children’s Mental Health Awareness and I have partnered up with Pine Grove Child and Adolescent Inpatient and Outpatient Unit to raise funds and speak about the issue. Through Pine Grove CAP, a facility that helps children through difficulties in their life, I go to a variety of places informing teachers, parents, students, and figures in authority on children’s mental health awareness and the importance of providing a positive setting for all young people. I chose this as my service area because I know from personal experience the effects bullying can have on a person and the issues that stem from it. If not addressed, it can cause serious issues like eating disorders, low self-esteem, and in severe cases, suicide. Through children’s mental health awareness and Pine Grove, I address these issues by showing all people that a sound mental state is critical to every child’s life. Our state and our nation need to be more active in promoting children’s mental health awareness and shedding a light of the mental disorders children deal with every day if they are not put in a positive setting. We all need to be more aware of the signs of depression, what a negative environment is, and how to make negative environments positive. I want students to remember that their health is everything and that they deserve to be their best self. We need to always surround ourselves with people that uplift us. Nothing can bring us down