Hannah Whitlock

Miss Historic South
Hometown: Pontotoc, MS
Platform: Reading for Success
Talent: Piano
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Mississippi State University
What is your major? Biological Sciences – Pre Med
What is your scholastic ambition? Receive a Doctor of Medicine and specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology
List scholastic honors: Mississippi Eminent Scholar, Shackoul’s Honors College, President’s List, “Lamp of Knowledge” from Delta Gamma Sorority for maintaining a 4.0 GPA, ACT Scholarship Recipient, Academic Excellence Scholarship, Hall of Fame North Pontotoc High School, 11 Subject Area Awards for Highest GPA, Lion’s Club Scholarship, Leadership Scholarship, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2013 Salutatorian, Top 5% of Sophomore Class at MSU
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: The difference that I can see in the children’s lives that I work with for my platform
What is your favorite style of music? My taste in music differs drastically! I love pop because it is so catchy and fun; however, I also enjoy listening to classical music. The amount of creativity and technical skills required continues to amaze me
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I enjoy action movies. The characters and story lines offer an escape to a different place and time
What is your favorite gadget? My phone. It is the way I communicate with friends, family, and professors. It serves as my newspaper, fitness tracker, and study aid
What is your favorite place to visit? Theme parks are my favorite place to vacation; therefore, Orlando, Florida is my favorite place to visit. With Disneyworld, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld, it is every theme park enthusiasts dream
What is your favorite food? Ever since I was a small child, I have loved cereal. Fruit Loops, Cocoa Puffs, or Frosted Pebbles, it does not matter as long as they are mixed with a big bowl of milk
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? I would bring the Bible. No matter if I was stranded on a deserted island or just going through a difficult time in my life, there is no other book that could get me through those difficult times
Do you twitter? I do twitter! Even though I do not tweet much, I do love to look for strange facts and interesting stories
What is your favorite? Sport: I guess you could say I really wasn’t born with much of a choice on this one. I had to love football. My dad played football at Mississippi State, and I have grown up immersed in it. I love nothing more than a fall football game tailgate and the roar at Davis Wade Stadium as our Bulldogs take the field Sports Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs Actor: Will Smith Actress: Audrey Hepburn Television Program: The Voice Wardrobe Accessory: Any type of Jewelry Thing to do on a weekend: On the weekend, I love to go for long jogs or read a book Way to spend a day off: I love to spend a day off either reading a good book or shopping at local boutiques
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What is your hometown like? My hometown of Pontotoc is a small, quaint town. If you ever mention it, most people will ask you where it is, but Pontotoc has shaped and supported me throughout my whole life. The people of Pontotoc truly believe in the saying “It takes a town to raise a child” and I am grateful that Pontotoc raised me
What were you like when you were a child? I was a quite child who was often described as the teacher’s pet, because I loved learning and was terrified of breaking the rules. I thought I was really cool because my birthday fell in October and my birthday parties were always really fun because we had several haunted corn mazes from which to choose
Who is the most influential person in your life? My mom is the most influential person in my life. She has taught me the value of hard work and instilled in me a love for the Lord. She is my number one fan who is at every event and there to support me every step of the way
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I consider myself a nerd. I enjoy reading and learning about new things. You can often times find me watching the Discovery or History channel
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: The most defining moment in my life is when I was saved. As an eight year old at vacation bible school, I made the most important decision that any person can make. Since that day, I have tried to live a life of high moral standards and service to the Lord
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? When many people look at the Miss America crown, they do not immediately think about one of the most important aspects of it- service. This has been the biggest realization for me as a titleholder. Not only do I get to compete in the Miss Mississippi pageant, but also with my crown, I have a foundation to serve my state and make it a better place for everyone
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? As Miss Mississippi, I would want to promote my platform Reading for Success through cooperation of schools, communities, and individuals to make reading accessible and a more prominent subject area in schools. Reading is fundamental for all areas of learning, and Mississippi ranks at the bottom in literacy skills. Throughout the year, I would want to serve as a role model who shows the people in the state of Mississippi that one person can truly make a difference in the lives of others
What is your secret wish or dream? I wish I could be an actress! It would be so neat to pretend to be someone else for a while
I’m motivated by: A strong desire to succeed. From a very young age, my parents instilled in me the value of hard work and that if something is worth having, it is worth the effort
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Yes, I have always enjoyed reading; therefore, I read to my two younger brothers with the hope that they too would share my love of reading. When I looked further into reading, I realized what a huge problem the lack of literacy skills is in America and especially in Mississippi. My platform, Reading for Success, is geared toward encouraging young children to develop strong reading fundamentals for a better Mississippi
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? One defining moment in my life was the birth of my two brothers. I had always wanted siblings and I got to watch the struggle that my parents went through to have another child. Because of this experience, I have an understanding of both the joys and sorrows a family can experience, and I want to be an OB/GYN
The one thing I can’t live without: my car
My best friend would describe me as: Someone who is great at balancing work and play. I have many commitments with school, clubs, and community service, but I find ways to spend time with my friends and family. She has often times mentioned that she does not know how I do it all, but I would not want it any other way
Something interesting about my family: I come from a line of football players. My grandfather played football for the Memphis Tigers in the 1950’s and even roller-skated with Elvis a few times. My dad played football for Mississippi State in the late 1980’s. I do not think I will be continuing this tradition any time soon
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: One of the years I was selected to be on homecoming court they gave us only a week notice to get a dress. I found one that I loved and rushed it to my seamstress for alterations. We picked the dress up only a few hours before I had to wear it, and it was WAY too short. We called everyone we knew looking for dressy flats, but because of the lack of time, I had to walk across the field with barefoot and take very small steps
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I have never considered myself much of an outdoorsman, but I would love to try hiking
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I have three pets: a beta fish named Bubbles, a cat named Rambo, and my baby Griffin who is a malti