Hannah Leflore

Miss Delta State University

Hometown:   Greenwood, Mississippi

Platform:       Using Music to Teach

Talent:           Vocal

What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Delta State University

What is your major? Speech and Hearing Sciences (BS) and Music (BA)

What is your scholastic ambition? I hope to attain a Master’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences, as well as pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Music Therapy

List scholastic honors: 2015-16 MDCC Student Headwae nominee, 2015-16 Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic First Team, 2014-17 President’s List

Greatest non-academic accomplishment: I was selected for Delta State’s auditioned concert choir, the DSU Chorale

What is your favorite style of music? I like everything from Christian to Country to Classical

What is your favorite movie genre and why? I like Disney movies, because they aren’t scary and have a positive message!

What is your favorite gadget? My portable steamer

What is your favorite blog? I can’t say that I have one!

What is your favorite place to visit? Paris, France

What is your favorite food? Croissants

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? My journaling Bible

Do you twitter? Very rarely, but yes!

What is your favorite?

Sport: Ultimate Frisbee                   Sports Team: DSU, of course!

Actor: Matt Lanter                            Actress: Blake Lively

Television Program: All things Fox News

Wardrobe Accessory: I like jackets, because I don’t like being cold!

Thing to do on a weekend: Spending time with my wonderful family and friends

Way to spend a day off: Playing with my puppy, Slate

What is your hometown like? Greenwood is very friendly! I remember when we first moved there, I couldn’t believe how welcoming the community was!

What were you like when you were a child? I was shy and kept to myself. You could often find me tucked away in an armoire in my dad’s furniture business reading a Nancy Drew book.

Who is the most influential person in your life? My dad has always been very influential in my life. He is a great role model because he not only speaks wisdom, he shows it in his daily life.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? Most people wouldn’t know I was homeschooled growing up. Homeschoolers are sometimes stereotypically labeled as unsocialized, but I am proof that a homeschooled  student can be just as outgoing and social as anyone.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: After taking piano for eight years, my family moved to Greenwood, Mississippi and I was forced to take a year off while we searched for a new teacher. During that year, I realized how important music was to me, and when we were finally able to find a new teacher I was able to pour myself into it because it was no longer a requirement but a privilege. The decision to stay involved in music affected my education choices, career path and pageant involvement.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? It has taught me many valuable lessons, from time management skills to how to prepare for an interview, and even how to do my hair and makeup. But more importantly, it has allowed me the opportunity to practice my ability to care for others and to serve those around me instead of simply caring about myself.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I would like to share my platform around the state, and also to leave a positive impact on as many people as possible. As Hannah I can be kind, but as Miss Mississippi my kindness would leave a far greater impact.

What is your secret wish or dream? I would love to fly in an F-22 Raptor

I’m motivated by: Passion. When other people get excited, I get excited as well!

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Absolutely. My platform developed out of my love for music and a desire to help others. It has played a major role in my education and career choices, and I wouldn’t be on the career path I am if it weren’t for my platform.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? I think the terror attack on September 11, 2001 was the most significant event in my lifetime. My mother is a flight attendant for American Airlines, so it hit even closer to home for my family. Although it was a tragedy, it changed the way Americans view our safety, and has brought about positive changes in our country.

The one thing I can’t live without: I can’t go without sunshine, it warms my body and soul.

My best friend would describe me as: My friends call me “punny” because I always make jokes and puns, and I love to laugh.

Something interesting about my family: My siblings and I were homeschooled. Because we grew up spending the majority of our time at home together, we are very close friends.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: It’s not unusual for me to trip in public! I’ve actually learned to fall quite gracefully.

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I would love to take a dance class. As a communication fanatic, I feel like I am lacking by not being able to express myself through dance, so I would love to learn!

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I have a dog named Slate, three horses (Dega, Dakota, and Kaine), five chickens and lots of cats! Out of all of them, I’m most afraid of the chickens.