Carson Avery

Local Title: Miss Riverland Outstanding Teen

Name: Carson Avery

Hometown: Amory, MS

Hobbies: modeling, acting, singing,

School: Amory High School

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Mississippi to pursue a career in Performing Arts on Broadway.

Scholastic Honors: Presidential Award for all A’s and B’s, Invited to Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. in 7th and 8th grade

Talent: Vocal

Platform: “The Fairy Godmother Project”

What makes you special and unique? My ability to cause people to laugh even on their worst day. As Milton Berle said “Laughter is an instant vacation.”

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?    People usually don’t realize how daring I am. I am not afraid to try new things and live fearlessly.

Best advice you have ever received? To always strive to be the best me. Never try to be somebody else. Being beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others you just need to accept yourself.

What can’t you live without? I cannot live without my laptop computer. It has my whole life on it.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasure is shopping a few times a week. I have a passion for fashion and I love to shop.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Biographical movies like Selma. These genre movies helps me to relive history that I read about.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see myself continuing my platform by traveling the world to help underprivileged children in poverty stricken environments. In 10 years I plan to have my college education complete, and starting a career that I will enjoy.

Most valuable lesson learned? My most valuable lesson is to get a receipt after a payment. If not, I’ve learned you might have to pay a for the same school trip twice. (tell what kind of trip it was and a briefing on what happened)

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? Oprah is my most valuable role model because she is a woman from the great state of Mississippi that’s purpose driven. Even though she has had some struggles in life, her strengths outweigh her weaknesses. She believes in empowering teenage girls to get an education.

What motivates you? My mom motivates me in so many ways. My mom exemplifies a woman of strength. She gives many people hope by spreading love. She is a pastor and a fashionista. She amazes me every day.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Definitely winning Freshman maid at Amory High School. It is an honor to be recognized by your peers. It’s not something you can buy. It has to be earned from respect.

Best compliment you have ever received? I’ve been told that my voice sounds angelic.

Secret wish or dream? I want to sky dive. I am a daredevil at heart and that would be the ultimate challenge to face that fear! Even though I’m fearless, let’s get real,jumping out of a plane is totally heart stopping on so many
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I fell down a flight of stairs at a concert and my friends laughed after I was okay. My friends and I were at the Justin Bieber concert and we were leaving and I just fell right down the stairs, busted up my knees and tried not to cry. I’m glad that I wore long pants.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? To go hunting. I am girly girl and I love all things glittery. To go hunting for animals would be a total 180 from my personality.

What is your super power? My super power is influencing people to unify. I’m against division. Racism, bullying and lack of respect of others are running rampant in our world today. I truly wish for world peace as cliché as it may sound.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I have learned that it takes hard work and perseverance to succeed at anything. I didn’t win on my first attempt at the crown but that didn’t stop me from achieving that goal. It has also taught me to be humble and that beauty comes from within. You can’t win on looks alone.

Describe yourself in one word. Adventurous

A Fun Family Fact? We love Karaoke. We might not always sound the greatest but we love being together and having a good time.

I’m Carson Avery and I’m very excited to be apart of the Miss Mississippi Oustanding Teen. I live in Amory, MS and I attend Amory High School. My school was inspired recently by the former student Trent Harmon when he won American Idol in 2016. It was very inspirational to be apart of his hometown visit parade as a cheerleader. I’ve been a cheerleader for five years. Cheering is one of my favorite hobbies. My cheer team won second place at state competition this year. I’m the proud daughter of Mr and Mrs Neal Avery. My brother Drake Avery is a positive role model in my life and I plan to join him at the University of Mississippi soon.

My greatest strength is my ambition to help make a difference and be a great role model wherever I can. I love to sing because music can be used as a tool to connect and bring joy to others. I’m a youth praise and worship leader at my church. The worship team travel to retirement homes during holidays to sing for the elderly. It’s heart warming to see the elderly happy. Also, through the art of music, I’m allowed to express myself. Having great mentors in my life has inspired me to get an education and finish strong in whatever I desire to accomplish. However, I love children and “The Fairy Godmother Project” has become a permanent plan for my life. It’s my desire to be a blessing to children across the world.

My dad says, “You work hard, and then play harder.” He’s teaching me to have balance in life. Life is not just one big party and I need to understand prioritizing at an early age. So I work hard in the community, church, and school. I know hardwork and dedication will soon pay off and I will be able to reward myself.

The Fairy Godmother Project

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty about 15 million children in the United States – 21% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold, a measurement that has been shown to underestimate the needs of families. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that level to cover basic expenses. That means about 42% of children live in low-income families.  Most of these children have parents who work, but low wages and unstable employment leave their families struggling to make ends meet. Poverty can hurt children’s ability to learn and contribute to social, emotional, and behavioral problems. Poverty also can contribute to poor health and mental health. Research is clear that poverty is the single greatest threat to children’s well-being. This is why I have chosen my platform the Fairy Godmother Project.

In Mississippi alone, 32% are living in poverty and of that about 37% are African American. I have seen this in my community and have a heart and passion for these families. I am drawn to these kids at school. For several years now, I have been involved in and volunteered for projects that help these families. I volunteer to help art programs for children during the summer. Also, I volunteer for The Draw program that feed children during summer. School meals are the only meals that some children get in a days time. So the Draw program feed children every Wednesday. For Thankgiving the Fairy Godmother Project brought together three low income learning center and fed over 50 children. I was elated to collaborate with the Catholic Church and The Amory Housing Authority for Christmas. There were an enormous amount of children who were on the angel tree just in my city. The Fairy Godmother Project provided toys for fifteen children. However, I want to take this to the next level. Being Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen would allow me to take my platform statewide. Mississippi families need our help and I want to do my part in meeting those needs.

Creating social media campaigns that brings the needs of these families is just one way to get the word out. But I also want to speak to civic organizations, churches and other private organizations about getting involved in helping these families. There is a need, we just have to bring awareness to what is going on right in our mist. Through clothing, toy and food drives we can start taking care of the immediate needs of these families. More specifically for me is the children in these families. I plan to seek sponsors of local clothing stores and businesses about helping donate nice clothes for these young girls and boys so they don’t feel “different” at school for the way they dress. I also have come up with an event called “Princess Parties” where my friends and I have a party. We do little girls makeup and hair and dress them up for a night of fun! At least one night, they can feel like the princess they are. We can all be a Fairy Godmother in some way. Let’s change Mississippi families together.