Sarah Beth Tidwell

Miss Pride of the South
Hometown: Oxford, MS
Platform: Crushing Caffeine: Raising teen awareness to help prevent caffeine overdose
Talent: Jazz Dance
Hobbies: Competitive Dance, SEC football, church youth activities, volunteering through my local Chapter of Crown Club
School: Lafayette High School
Scholastic Ambition: To attend the University of Mississippi and major in medicine
Scholastic Honors: Beta Club, Student Council – campaigned and voted on by my classmates, Honor Roll, History award – this was given to the student with the highest average, enrolled in AP classes, member of the Gifted Program and Athletic Award
What makes you special and unique? One feature that makes me special and unique is my eyes. I am told daily by people that they have never seen eyes that are my color before
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? Most people think that I am an only child, but I actually have a brother and a sister. They are older than I am and live in different states. My brother is a US Marine and my sister lives in Boston
Best advice you have ever received? The best advice that I have ever received was from my Grandmother, Mimi. She always tells me that anything worth doing is worth doing right
What can’t you live without? My Bible. Before my God-Grandmother passed away, she had a little red Bible that she kept for as long as I can remember. I strive to be like her everyday and I want my Bible to be passed down for generations to come just like hers
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Without a doubt – SWEETS
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite genre is a classic romantic comedy. I love a good laugh
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I see myself pursuing my dream to become a Pediatrician
Most valuable lesson learned? Throughout my life I have learned many life lessons. One that I value the most would be to live everyday like it’s your last; never take for granted the time you get to spend with your loved ones because you never know when you will not get the opportunity again
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model would be my Grandmother, Mimi. She has a kind heart and a mindset to always put everyone else before herself. She is a caregiver by nature. I could never thank her enough for everything she has done for me
What motivates you? Other people motivate me. For example, after watching the Miss America pageant over and over through the years, it motivates me to keep chasing my dreams to one day wear that crown with great honor
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest non-academic accomplishment would be winning dance competitions. I have been a dancer since the age of 2 and winning my first solo top score trophy was a feeling I will never forget
Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment I have ever received was when I participated in my hometown Christmas parade. I was riding along and a little girl looked at me and yelled, “Look Mommy, it’s Miss America”. Her Mother did correct her, however, I knew in that moment that little girl looked up to me. It felt so good to be a positive role model to her just like the former crown holders are to me
Secret wish or dream? Well, if I told it wouldn’t be a secret
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I was cheering at an eighth grade football game when I realized that I forgot to put on my bloomers. Thank goodness I had not stunted yet
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? The art of Meditation. This would completely be out of character for me because I’m such a busy body. I would never be able to sit still long enough. However, the calmness that surrounds this art does intrigue me
What is your super power? To alter people’s hearing. My parents tell that when I’m around I talk most people’s ears off
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? Through the Miss Mississippi program, I have learned the four points of the crown; style, service, success and scholarship. These four qualities motivate me to be the very best person I can be, not only in the pageant world, but through all aspects of my life as well. I have seen what the program can do for girls of all ages, I’m proud to say I started out as a princess and now a teen contestant
Describe yourself in one word. Electric
A Fun Family Fact? We pick one evening every week that we are all home together. That night is either movie night or family game night. Out favorite is Shrek. We love to make our favorite junk foods and spend time together
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
Once upon at time, there was a big eyed, prissy girl named Sarah Beth. Her mother always wondered if her little girl would ever grow into her eyes. While she was growing and learning, her mother found out very quickly that she had a born leader on her hands. She often thought that one day little Sarah Beth would grow up and be a dictator of a small county. Sarah Beth loved to be the boss. One day, while at pre-school, at the age of 4, she lined all of her class-mates up in a row on the floor. Very sternly, she told them, “If you don’t find something to do, I will find something for you to do”. Her teacher returned to the room to witness her little class sitting very quietly on the floor. Needless to say, Sarah Beth was the proud winner of a note sent home to her parents. As Sarah Beth grew into her features a little more, she discovered that she had happy feet. Her mother, in attempt to control the now very hyper Sarah Beth, enrolled her in dance class. Sarah Beth did very well in dance and began to love the performing arts. One of her fondest memories was when she had the opportunity to participate as a Magnolia Princess for 4 years and dance on the Miss Mississippi stage. At this point in time, Sarah Beth’s love of the attention and love of the stage began a whirlwind of desires and dreams to one day return to the stage. As Sarah Beth’s eyes were not so big now, but her dreams were huge. She continued to work hard in dance, school and many activities. She was able to dance on a cruise ship with the entertainment crew, attend Broadway dance academy in New York and perform on stage with her idol, Katherine McCormick. Then one day, another dream came true, she was given the opportunity again to return to the Miss Mississippi stage. She is currently holding that honor very dear to her heart and taking in the entire experience with great thanks and gratitude
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 called Crushing Caffeine. My goal is to raise awareness and help teens learn about the dangers of caffeine overdose. My passion began when I learned of a 17 year old boy from a neighboring county, who died due to excessive amounts of caffeine. That boy’s name was Noah. Noah was a 17 year old from Water Valley, Mississippi. He worked at the local Piggly Wiggly grocery store after school. He was an honor student and was involved in several school activities. Due to his busy schedule, he was more tired on this particular day in September of 2014. While he was at work, he told his co-workers that he was going to take 2 of the caffeine pills. No one really thought anything about it at the time. A couple of hours later, he was on the phone with his girlfriend and told her that he wasn’t feeling well. His mother was at home and already asleep, she was roughly 500 feet from him, but Noah did not want to wake her up. He decided to end the call with his girlfriend and called his father. During the conversation with his father, letting him know that he did not feel well and felt that he needed to go to the emergency room, Noah collapsed. His little brother and sister did find him and Noah was not breathing. Emergency services responded and Noah was in full cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, they were unable to revive him. Later, it was found that his death was directly related to the amounts of caffeine in his body. This is just one example of many deaths that have occurred due to caffeine. Noah’s Mother is now working to have a bill, Noah’s Bill, which will prohibit the sale of any caffeine energy drinks or pills to minors. Hopefully, Noah’s law will be approved through the House of Representatives and the State Senate. I am asking to please be aware of the dangers of high doses of caffeine, especially in kids. There were roughly 1500 kids under the age of 10 that required treatment in Mississippi emergency departments last year because of caffeine overdose