Holly Howard

Miss Turtle Creek
Hometown: Meridian, MS
Platform: Empowering Yourself
Talent: Footprints in the Sand
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Meridian Community College
What is your major? Broadcasting Communications Technologies
What is your scholastic ambition? When I graduate next year with my Broadcasting degree I plan to pursue a career at WTOK TV working behind the scenes and, hopefully, to progress reporting the news before the camera
List scholastic honors: Graduated from Meridian High School with highest honors and received the Beverley Barham Memorial Scholarship. I was listed as a Dean’s List scholar for the 2014 Fall Semester at Meridian Community College
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Received best overall choreography at Dance Teachers United Dance Competition this past November
What is your favorite style of music? I love all styles of music, and I have been listening to country music recently
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is comedy because I love a good laugh. Though Titanic and Hunger Games are a few of my top all time favorites
What is your favorite gadget? My new IPhone 5s
What is your favorite blog? Lauren Curtis Fashion and Beauty blog
What is your favorite place to visit? Greece, I love the history and the breathtaking scenery. The food there is so good, I am constantly eating. Given the chance to go back, I would be on the first flight out! It truly is an amazing place
What is your favorite food? Aside from all-things-Oreo, my favorite food is the “Special Chicken Dish” my dad makes
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? “The Fault in Our Stars” written by John Green
Do you twitter? Occasionally
What is your favorite? Sport: Football Sports Team: LSU Actor: Hugh Jackman Actress: Sandra Bullock Television Program: The 100/Chrisley Knows Best Wardrobe Accessory: My watch
Thing to do on a weekend: Going to dance workshops/ competitions. I love watching my little dancers compete
Way to spend a day off: Choreographing dance routines or playing with new ways to do make-up and hair! I’m such a girly girl
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What is your hometown like? Meridian is a little-big town. We’re small enough to know our neighbors and feel comfortable with our children playing in the streets, but large enough to enjoy cultural events such as concerts at the Riley Center, plays at Meridian Little Theater and MCC, or entertainment from our historic Temple Theater
What were you like when you were a child? I had thick bangs and even thicker glasses. Sassy was my middle name and my personality matched. At the age of three I would stand on the kitchen table and shout “I’m great! I’m incredible!” because I love to entertain my family. My favorite color was glitter and I was convinced that my little brother was made entirely of dirt and germs. I had quite an extraordinary imagination
Who is the most influential person in your life? My Aunt Richelle. She is the strongest person I know. She helped rear me, and I look up to her and seek her advice and guidance on a regular basis. She means the world to me, and she has pushed me to pursue so many things in my life
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I am more than meets the eye. I have a full and active lifestyle. I go to class and work every night teaching either dance, gymnastics, or coaching our 3 competitive cheer leading squads, operating my own dance studio where I also teach tumbling and have a competition team and spend time with family and friends. I have a full and rewarding life
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: I was 9 years old and I had never won a state-level pageant. I was frequently an alternate and many times I walked away withnothing. But I loved doing pageants so much that I continued to try. The day I won set off a burst of confidence in me that gave me the tools I needed to believe in myself
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? Style, service, scholarship, and success are the four points of the Miss America crown and define why I want to succeed in the Miss America Program. Being a part of this program has helped mold me into the strong, well-rounded individual that I am. I feel more confident in myself and my ability to represent such a distinguished pageant system because of the program itself. This program has helped me in pursuit of my future career as a News Anchor and Entertainer
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? During my year of service as Miss Mississippi I plan to promote my platform, “Empowering Yourself” by continuing to reach out to young girls by helping them achieve and understand personal responsibility,goal setting, and good decision making. I would speak to as many schools and organizations as possibleto encourage all young people to be the best that they can be as well as getting involved in their owncommunities. I will serve and represent my state with poise and elegance
What is your secret wish or dream? I wish I could live in New York for a summer. I want to go back andsee every Broadway play, find the Cash Cab, and take a dance class at Broadway City Dance Center. I would go to Good Morning America and see first hand how the professionals run the morning news
I’m motivated by: The girls I teach. My goal is to help them grow and achieve everything they work sohard to do
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? When I was younger I was very blessed to be able to participate in many different activities and sports. However, I never dedicated myself nor was I devoted to any one activity. I remember I was 16 years oldwhen I realized that in order to be exceptional at anything I had to take personal responsibility for myself and set goals to be the very best that I could be at everything that I wanted to pursue
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? I will never forget the day I was walking to class my freshman year and receiving the call that my Aunt was diagnosed with bladder cancer. It hit me like like a rock and I never thought that something like that could ever happen to her. Since her first surgery, I have been working every angle of our family business as a Gymnastics coach, Cheer-leading instructor, and dance choreographer while she was in recovery
The one thing I can’t live without: My loved ones
My best friend would describe me as: Thoughtful, Creative, and Warm-hearted
Something interesting about my family: Our family vacations never seem to consist of solely R&R but more of panic and chaos! It’s always a trip
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: I often got mistaken for Taylor Swift, though I see no resemblance, I have had many interesting experiences at the mall. I remember this one time while shopping at TJ Maxx, one of the store managers came up to me and started telling me how much I looked like Tswift and that I needed to buy more clothes like what Taylor wears, I laughed and laughed for the longest time after that shopping trip
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I would like to be a magician. Magic is so interesting and exciting, and I want to learn all the tricks of the trade. I watched David Copperfield live and he brought me on stage during one of his shows. I was hooked
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I have three dogs. Millie and Marley are two muts we rescued from the pound and Pebbles is a Maltese poodle mix. They all are sweet as can be