Olivia Randall

Miss Belle of the Bayou
Hometown: Meridian, MS
Platform: Reading Rocks
Talent: Piano performance to Can’t Help Falling in Love
Hobbies: Cheerleading, playing piano, biking, reading
School: Clarkdale School
Scholastic Ambition: Attend Mississippi State University, following by culinary school
Scholastic Honors: All “A” Honor Roll in entire school career, Top award in History in 7th grade, Duke University TIP student
What makes you special and unique? My potential to be great! Everyone’s potential is a paradox that makes us at the same time both a part of the human family and unique within a community. We are united by our gifts, talents, life callings, and dreams of an extraordinary life. But we are each unique because of our gifts, talents, life callings and dreams are different
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I’m sometimes honest to a fault. If you ask me what I think I’m going to tell you
Best advice you have ever received? To look for the positive in every situation
What can’t you live without? Going to the beach. I love to swim in the ocean
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Dr. Pepper – I’m addicted to it
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Horror or scary movies – I love the suspense
Where do you see yourself in ten years? I will be graduated from college and attending culinary school to be a pastry chef
Most valuable lesson learned? To respect everyone for their opinion and beliefs. We are all different and have incredible things with us to share with society
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? Sadie Robertson from “Duck Dynasty.” She is an amazing role model for teenage girls. She is honest, true to herself and her beliefs
What motivates you? Getting great grades. Education is very important and I strive to make all A’s
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? When I was 10 years old I cut off 12 inches of my hair and donated it to Locks of Love. I knew it was going to a child who had lost their hair because of cancer of some other disease and that made me so proud
Best compliment you have ever received? It’s so funny, but my 90-year-old aunt tells I have pretty legs
Secret wish or dream? To be a 6-foot tall runway model
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? When I was 4 years old, right before I went on stage for a dance recital I was playing with the pink frilly umbrella that we were using in our routine. I pinched my finger with an umbrella trying to open it up. I walked on the stage and stood there crying for the entire dance because it hurt so much. No one knew what was wrong, they just thought I was nervous. I still have that umbrella today
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Hunting. No one in my family huntsso I’ve never been, but all my friends talk about it all the time. I can’t image killing a deer or other animal
What is your super power? Super speed! I’m such a slow runner, I wish I could be fast
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? To believe in yourself and your dreams
Describe yourself in one word Fun-loving
A Fun Family Fact? I’m named after my two grandmothers and very proud of it
Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Letpeople 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
I will be entering the 9th grader at Clarkdale School in Meridian this year – I can’t believe I will be in high school! I love cheerleading, reading and biking. I’m a member of the archery team at my school – in fact I’m one of the highest scoring females on the team. Like most teenagers I love hanging out with my friends acting silly. We could jump on the trampoline in my back yard for hours… I could lay on it looking up at the stars and dreaming of my future for hours. My volunteer work includes the 2014 Power of the Purse – A United Way program in conjunction with Imagination Library to bring free brooks to elementary school students; and collecting slightly used uniforms to donate to the Care Lodge for underprivileged children. I have collected 200 uniforms in past 3 years. I especially love helping with Toys for Tots with the Marines from Naval Air Station Meridian. I’ve traveled to 12 different states and each trip I make sure to find a magnet or lapel pin to represent that state. I’ve collected about 50 of them to remember my adventures in that state. Following a family tradition, I would like to attend Mississippi State University to study business followed by culinary school to become a pastry chef. One day I will own a bakery
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
Dr. Seuss says: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” When you read a book you escape to another time, another generation … even another planet and use your imagination to expand your horizons. I was lucky as a young child to have parents and grandparents who read to me. I was able to stay with my grandparents while my parents worked and they introduced me to so many wonderful books that gave me a great appreciation of reading… something not many of my friends today have.As of 2013, 79 percent of Mississippi’s fourth graders were not proficient readers. I believe the Literacy-based Promotion Act that Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant developed last year is the first step indropping that number. That is why my platform for Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen is “Reading Rocks.” I would say that I’m an avid reading having read 30 books in the past three years. The Governor’s Literacy-based Promotion Act states that third graders who cannot pass a standardized reading level test will be retained in the same grade, no matter what their other grades are. Then students will be helped through small group instruction, reduced teacher-student ratios, tutoring and summer reading camps. Through my platform, I will visit elementary schools, daycares and Boys and Girls Clubs to share with students the importance of reading and developing a love for reading. Being a good reader will help you develop a better vocabulary, increase your communications skills and expand your imagination. This summer I had the chance to volunteer with “Power of the Purse” – a fundraiser for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. More than $20,000 was raised during the event. The proceeds will be distributed by the United Way to schools to purchase books and reading supplies for children. My goal is to meet with the governors’ wife, Deborah, who has a campaign titled “Reading Across Mississippi” where she visited at least one school in each of Mississippi’s 82 counties to raise awareness about the importance of reading. Mrs. Bryant is a role model for me and I hope to encourage young people to put down their cell phone and pick up a book — because reading really does ROCK