Hannah Rae Britt

Miss Delta Blues Outstanding Teen

Hometown: Madison, MS

Hobbies: Shopping, Snapchatting, Traveling

School: Germantown High School

Scholastic Ambition: Interior Design/Masters from Savannah College of Art and Design School

Scholastic Honors: Principal Scholar

Talent: Ballet on Pointe

Platform: Awareness of ADHD

What makes you special and unique? Dynamite comes in small packages, the fact that I am tinny in size, but have a huge personality.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People are usually surprised when they find out I am a freshman in high school.

Best advice you have ever received? “Wherever you go, whatever you do, Be All There” advice received from my dad.

What can’t you live without? My snapchat streaks.  I love my friends!

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My love for Kate Spade Fashion.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Fantasy/Animation…I mean who doesn’t want to be a Disney princess.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? Ten years from now I see myself living in Savannah, Georgia attend SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) working on my Master’s degree in Interior Design.

Most valuable lesson learned? Spending most of my free time in the ballet studio had taught me how to be disciplined and make sacrifices to work toward accomplishing your goals.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? Laura Lee Lewis, Miss Mississippi 2016, is truly my most valued role model.  Witnessing first hand as her princess what the real purpose of the Miss America Organization.  She has taught me many valuable lessons about discipline, commitment and the importance of serving others.

What motivates you? When people doubt me and my abilities it really motivates me to succeed.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? I was chosen to attend the Southeast Regional Ballet Association Festival at the age of 10.

Best compliment you have ever received? That I look like Audrey Hepburn.

Secret wish or dream? To become a Disney princess.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? The most embarrassing moment would have to be the day my teacher asked me to step into the hallway.  She told me that I was walking around with bird poop on my white hair bow.  I returned to class carrying my bow in a zip-lock bag.  I was mortified!

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would like to try softball because dirt and balls coming toward me are totally out of my comfort zone.

What is your super power? My super power would be crystallizing; I love sparkle, and everything needs a little shimmer.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? It’s not about the crown; it’s about the people you have an opportunity to meet because of the crown.  Witnessing Laura Lee Lewis live this out each day as she represents every aspect of the Miss America Organization.  I am excited to begin my journey to the Miss America Stage.

Describe yourself in one word. Determined

A Fun Family Fact? At the age of five, I spent a month with my family in Malaysia on a mission trip.

Please write a short essay describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are.

I have a love for ballet, interior design, fashion, travel, spending time with my family and friends.  My family has travelled around the world on mission trips.  I am very excited to be serving with my father this summer in Haiti.  I am a proud BIG sister to my brother, Russ Taylor.  Because of my size, we are constantly asked if we are twins.  He truly has the biggest heart, the compassion he has for others inspires me.  On a visit to Washington S.C., I absolutely fell in love with Jackie Kennedy Onassis.  Her style and grace while being a strong, determined woman fascinated me.  So this December when I became the proud owner of a two-pound bundle of pure joy, a Cavapoo puppy, Jackie O was the perfect name.

I am determined, motivated, driven to do my best and be my best.  Getting diagnosed and treated for ADHD has made it possible for me to be a Principal Scholar a young lady with healthy self-esteem, an a senior company member of the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet Company.  Most people comment the most about my small size.  Many are shocked to find out that I am a freshman in high school and my favorite food is steak.  I attend Germantown High School where I am involved in Interact Service Club and the St. Jude Steering Committee.  My real love is dance.  I have been dancing since diapers, literally!  I have trained in New York, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.  I love the excitement of the stage.  Ballet has instilled in me the importance of hard work and determination.  You work many long hard hours for that 90 seconds in the spotlight…it always make it worth it!

Please write a short essay explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject.

 I remember being with my mother one Saturday afternoon trying to draw a picture for a friend.  I kept misspelling the words I wanted to write.  I wrote on a sticky note “I am hopes” and gave it to my Mom.  She replied, “Hannah Rae, this says I am hopes, what do you mean?”  I told her I was hopeless because I could not read and write as well as the other children in my class.  I told my mother that everyone could read books to the class but I could not because I did not read well enough.  I will never forget how my mother knelt beside me with tears in her eyes and told me I was not hopeless, that I was perfectly made and God had big plans for my life.  She promised me that we would find a way for me to get help with reading and I would be able to read to my class like my friends.

I am using my platform to raise awareness about ADHD and the consequences of undiagnosed ADHD.  I will continue to visit elementary schools and share my personal story.  When reading to elementary students and telling my story, I talk to them about believing in their dreams.  I also want students to understand that everyone learns differently and to encourage students to be more sensitive to their classmates that struggle to learn.  I am very fortunate that with proper treatment of ADHD and tutoring I am now an honor student.  I will continue to share my personal story of feeling hopeless.  I want to be a “Rae of Hope” for people I met who struggle with learning difficulties.