Emily Cockrell

Miss Lee County 

Hometown:   Como, MS

Platform:       Organ and Tissue Donation

Talent:           Vocal Performance- Theatre

What college are you currently attending?  Northwest Mississippi Community College

What is your major?  Education

Scholastic ambition? To obtain a degree in Education Administration/ Leadership

List scholastic honors: Recipient of the Joan Tessler Rose Scholarship, Recipient of the Logan-Lipscomb Scholarship, Recipient of the Second Alternate Miss Hospitality Scholarship, Recipient of the Presidential Scholarship of Northwest Mississippi Community College

Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Two-year recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Recipient of the Senior Student of the Year Rotary Award, Recipient of the H.S. Junior Outstanding Student Award, Assistant Director of Programming for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference of Arkansas

What is your favorite style of music?  Pop & Broadway

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  I enjoy romantic comedies mostly because of the warm feeling they put in your heart. There is no better feeling than curling up and watching a series of Hallmark movies.

What is your favorite gadget? My favorite gadget is my cell phone because they make it so easy to keep connected to everyone in your life.

What is your favorite blog?

What is your favorite place to visit?   My favorite place I have been is Italy. The beautiful cities, the fantastic cuisine, amazing culture makes it an impeccable place to visit.

What is your favorite food? Anything and everything seafood

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?  I would take John Green’s Looking for Alaska.

Do you twitter?  Yes, I love staying connected in every way.

What is your favorite?

Sport:                        Gymnastics

Actor:             Evan Peters              ­­Actress:        Lucy Hale

Television Program:  This is Us

Wardrobe Accessory:  Rings of all sorts

Thing to do on a weekend:  I love spending my days with my beautiful niece and nephew, volunteering in any organization I can get involved with, or visiting one of my local community theaters.

What is your hometown like?  My hometown might be small but we are a closely knitted community full of love and commitment to our city. We are known for the Como Steakhouse and Windy City Grille and I am blessed to be able to serve as a waitress at one of those restaurants.

What were you like when you were a child?  Growing up, I was incredibly quiet/shy but loved to get involved. Whether I was in gymnastics, competitive cheer, community theater, or spending my days at my grandparents making mud pies, I was always getting into something to keep busy.

Who is the most influential person in your life?  My father has been the biggest influence in my life. He has taught, trained, and encouraged me to always stay positive, motivate/encourage others, and always been the best I can be in absolutely anything I do.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I have a huge heart for people. I have dedicated my entire future to helping others and being involved in youth leadership. It is my biggest passion because I believe my involvement youth leadership in local community theaters and in state and out of state leadership programs has been the foundation in shaping me into the young woman I am today.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: The moment I realized the impact I have been able to make in many young adult’s lives. My work with community theater and youth leadership programs has truly given me the encouragement and motivation to continue motivating and encouraging anyone I reach in any moment in their life. The smallest act of kindness can change a person’s life.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? Never give up on the one thing you want the most. No matter how long it takes, keep pushing and striving to be the very best you can be and let nothing stand in your way. Anything is possible.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I hope to continue my work of reaching out to my community and communities all across Mississippi emphasizing the importance of the Miss America system and the opportunities this system gives to young women like myself. I will also use this time to spread awareness of my platform and just how important it is to be an organ and tissue donor.

What is your secret wish or dream?     My secret wish is that I am able to be successful no matter the obstacles God puts in my way. Success is not measured by how much money someone makes or how awesome they look doing something but it is measured by the number of lives you are able to touch. I pray I am able to accomplish so much in everything I do and touch the lives of many individuals along the way.

I’m motivated by:  I am motivated by every person around me. I have so many incredible leaders in my life showing me that there is no end to the road of success. But a never ending pathway to continue building. Things only get better because God has His hand in everything I do and what better way to be motivated than by my every day examples.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Absolutely, my connection with Patrick Hardison, a former firefighter who went through the first full successful face transplant in the nation, has been my motivation to spread awareness of being an organ and tissue donor. The way this procedure has increased his value in life has been life changing for him and his family and more people need to see the impact this can make on one’s personal life.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? Getting involved in community theater has been the most significant event in my life because theater was the foundation I used to break out of my shell and become the strong, loving, and selfless young woman I am today. Theater has taught me so much about hard work, dedication, teamwork, and leadership within your community.

The one thing I can’t live without:  The one think I cannot live without is my family. I do not know where I would be without the constant love and support each and every one of them has given me.

My best friend would describe me as:  She has stated that she would describe me as someone that stays busy and can be incredibly goofy, but at the end of the day is a highly sophisticated young woman than has a heart of gold for everyone.

Something interesting about my family:  My family’s ancestry has been traced back all the way to Wales in the 1700’s.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:   The most embarrassing moment in my life was when another cast member and I got the giggles and completely could not sing on stage in the middle of a production when we were the only two people singing at the time. Our director was on stage as well and he was not as assumed as we were.

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I would love to go sky diving. I have always loved the thought of taking huge adventures but rarely do so with such a busy schedule.

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I currently have two cats: Cece and Charlie and five dogs: Lexie, Diego, Maggie, Bella and Delilah.