Emily Tingle

Miss Warren County

Hometown:  Vicksburg, MS                                                                                             

Platform:       37 Books                                                                                                      

Talent:           Piano                                                                                                

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?  Currently a senior at Warren Central High School and plans to attend Mississippi State University.                    

What is your major?  Political Science and English                                                              

What is your scholastic ambition?  To obtain a Doctorate of Jurisprudence                   

List scholastic honors:  I am a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta, a match honor society.  I received the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Mississippi Music Teachers Association Award for High Composite Score in Precollege Auditions, and the Warren Central High School Band Citizenship Award, and was an Ecybermission Regional Finalist and State Science Fair Winner.  I have received the Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship at Mississippi State University.                          

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:  Collecting over 2,000 books for my platform 37 Books                                                                            

What is your favorite style of music?  Indie                                                                           

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  Romance because who doesn’t like a love story.

What is your favorite gadget?  Cell phone                                                                             

What is your favorite blog?  Kipping It Real (CrossFit Blog)                                                

What is your favorite place to visit? Capa San Blas, Florida                                               

What is your favorite food?  Ice Cream                                                                        

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? To Kill a Mockingbird

Do you twitter?  No                                                                                                                                   

What is your favorite?

Sport:  Baseball                                        Sports Team:  St. Louis                                        

Actor:  Daniel Radcliffe                             Actress:  Angelina Jolie                                       

Television Program:  Friends                                                                                         

Wardrobe Accessory:  Earrings                                                                                     

Thing to do on a weekend:  Watch Netflix and read                                                             

Way to spend a day off:  Shopping and lunch with my Granny                                          

What is your hometown like?  It is very rich in history with great food and hospitality.  My hometown is the “home” of Miss Mississippi and I love it!                                           

What were you like when you were a child?  I was shy and quiet but very creative and artsy.

Who is the most influential person in your life?  My grandmother is the best; she taught me to stand up for what I believe n even if others do not agree.                                   

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?  I have a rare blood disorder called methemoglobinenemia that actually causes me to turn blue…like smurf blue.                                                                           

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:  The moment that stands out most to me was collecting over 2,000 books for my platform in less than six months.                                                                                               

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? I have learned to multitask and do it well through daily preparation for Miss Mississippi.  This quality has helped me become a better titleholder.                                        

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?  I would love to get more people in Mississippi involved in my platform 37 Books.  I want to promote literacy to all children especially those in foster care.  

What is your secret wish or dream?  To visit all major league baseball stadiums.          

I’m motivated by:  Making a difference in other people’s lives especially children.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? It is likely with my blood disorder that adoption may be my only option for having a family of my own one day.  While looking into adoption, I learned more about foster care and the lack of literacy among these children.  One day I hope to offer a forever home to a foster child.                                                                                                                                     

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?  The legalization of same sex marriage by the United States Supreme Court.                 

The one thing I can’t live without:  Sweet Tea                                                                       

My best friend would describe me as:  Confident, kind-hearted and determined           

Something interesting about my family:  My grandmother taught at the first intergraded high school in Opelaika, Alabama.                                                                        

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:  On our family trip to Yellowstone we pulled over so I could “use the bathroom” because I was not feeling well and out of the blue appeared a big black bear.  We were face to face…needless to say my family got a huge kick out of that!                                       

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:  I would like to zip line through a rainforest.                                                                                                             

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:  I have a cat named Rocky Balboa and a dog named Bourjon.