Grace Post

Miss Central Mississippi
Hometown: Madison, MS
Platform: Tutus and Tiaras
Talent: Ballet en pointe
Hobbies: Dancing, reading, attending football and baseball games, spending time with friends and listening to music
School: Madison Central High School
Scholastic Ambition: My goal is to become a National Merit Semi-Finalist and graduate from high school with honors. After graduating college with a pre-med major I hope to continue my education in medical school to become a dermatologist
Scholastic Honors: All “A” honor roll, Beta Club member, enrolled in accelerated English and math courses, member of Duke Talent Identification Program
What makes you special and unique? I dance over 15 hours a week in ballet classes and rehearsals, sometimes with blisters and missing toenails, and still maintain my GPA of 3.95 with my strong work load at school
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People may not realize that I am a dancer because I usually wear closed toe shoes to hide my battle-scarred toes
Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I have received is to never wait for things to happen, but to work for what I want to achieve. Don’t give up
What can’t you live without? I can’t live without my family. I am the person I am today because of the support they provide. They have instilled the work ethic of following through on what I have started and taught me the importance of maintaining strong moral values
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure is ice cream. Once I start eating it I can’t stop. It is definitely my favorite indulgence
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is action because I like the intensity. Action movies hold my interest for the entire movie because of the creativity used in the scenes
Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see myself nearing the end of medical school
Most valuable lesson learned? The most valuable lesson I have learned is to always be myself and not conform to what other people think I should be. God made me who I am and that is the best I can be and I will strive to fulfill my potential
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model is my cousin Joseph Edge. He has Cystic Fibrosis and never lets his disease stop him from living life to his fullest potential
What motivates you? Knowing that God has my back motivates me to take on the toughest challenges I face in my teenage years
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest non-academic accomplishment is performing thirteen different roles in The Nutcracker ballet since I have been a member of the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet company
Best compliment you have ever received? You have the longest legs
Secret wish or dream? My secret wish is to have a reality show about me as a doctor
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? The most embarrassing thing that has happened to me is when I had to be in character as a huge vase in the ballet, Beauty and the Beast
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would like to compete in the Warrior Dash
What is your super power? Because I am sensitive to other people’s needs and feelings, I can tell when my friends are having a bad day. It is sort of like reading their minds
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I have learned that being in the Miss Mississippi Program is not just about the pageant and the benefits. It is about the overall experience of making lifelong friends and memories and being able to spread my platform, “Tutus and Tiaras,” throughout my community and state
Describe yourself in one word. Optimistic
A Fun Family Fact? We are all obsessed with exercising
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
As a sophomore at Madison Central High School I have been involved in the student government association, service and honorary clubs, diamond girls, and Mystix dance team. Along with school activities, I am active with my church in mission work, traveling locally and to Los Angeles in the summer of 2014. Dance helps to define who I am.I have been dancing since the age of three and love it with all my heart. When I became eligible at the age of eight, I auditioned for the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet Company. Since acceptance into the company I have performed in nine performances of The Nutcracker ballet, eight other full-length ballet productions, and attended Southeast Regional Ballet Association festivals all over the southeast United States. Being accepted to attend summer dance intensives such as Joffrey Ballet School New York and USA IBC have been some of the highlights of my dance years. My platform, “Tutus and Tiaras,” was founded from my love of dance and wanting to share the benefits of dance with children. Dance is not my only love; I adore my Boston terrier, Kimmie, who even has the same birthday as me. I am very passionate about reading a good book and believe that books are better than movies because it is much more entertaining to imagine the characters and the setting rather than seeing it on a screen. Of course, as a teenager, I watch “Grey’s Anatomy.” In real life, meeting Dr. McDreamy and seeing a real heart transplant would be a thrill.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. Because of my love for dance and passion for sharing ballet with children, my platform has evolved into “Tutus and Tiaras.” My platform is all about bringing dance to all children, especially those who are underprivileged. Research shows that children who are exposed to dance at an early age benefit in many ways. Dance encourages better discipline, fosters respect for adults and can improve self-esteem as well as increase intellectual performance. Ballet improves a child’s physical strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, and overall cardiovascular health. Therefore, exposure to dance at an early age can benefit a child physically, emotionally and intellectually. To promote my platform, I regularly volunteer at the Mississippi Children’s Museum and teach ballet to any child who wants to participate. The children are so excited and their faces definitely show it. With my ballet company, I go to elementary schools in the Jackson metro area and perform an entire ballet for the students. Many of these boys and girls have never seen a ballet before, and they are absolutely mesmerized. After the performance, the dancers and I teach the children some basic ballet steps to get them excited about dance and to feel a part of the production