Jessica Brooke Tedford

Miss MS Delta Community College

Hometown:  Drew, MS                                                                                          

Platform:       It Takes a LITTLE Effort To Make a BIG Difference In An Animal’s Life       

Talent:           Jazz Dance                                                                                                  

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?  MS Delta Community College                                                       

What is your major? Biological Sciences                                                                                  

What is your scholastic ambition? To eventually earn a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine                                                                                                                                          

List scholastic honors: 3.8 Overall GPA in College; Academic Honors List; Residential Life Award MDCC.                                                                                                          

Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Being chosen the Northwest District Shooting Sports Ambassador.                                                                        

What is your favorite style of music? Classic Rock                                                   

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Horror!  I love the suspense of a good scary movie.                                                                                                                              

What is your favorite gadget? My NutriBullet Blender.  It makes eating healthy fun!      

What is your favorite blog? “Ashy Bines Fitness Blog”                                                         

What is your favorite place to visit? Our local PawPrints Animal Rescue            

What is your favorite food? Corn Nuggets!                                                                              

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? The Divergent Series.                                                                                                                                                                                           

Do you twitter? Yes!  But, I am not a fanatic.

What is your favorite?

Sport: Baseball                                                         Sports Team: The MDCC Trojans and the St. Louis Cardinals                              

Actor: Jensen Ackles                                              Actress:  Nina Dobreu                              

Television Program: The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural                                               

Wardrobe Accessory: My David Yurman ring                                                              

Thing to do on a weekend: Go Shopping!                                                                               

Way to spend a day off: Cuddling with my pets and watching Netflix!                                

What is your hometown like? It is a very small, but friendly town.                                       

What were you like when you were a child? I would describe myself as a versatile child.  I was very much a tomboy.  I loved to hunt and mudride, but I also loved to compete in pageants, dress up and shop!                                                             

Who is the most influential person in your life? My mom is the most influential person in my life because she has always put me first and been an active part of everything I do.  She’s my biggest supporter!                                                                             

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People probably don’t realize that even though I love glitz and glamour, I’m still a huge tomboy and love the outdoors!  I’ve been through quite a lot in my life, but it’s not evident to others because I do not let it define me.                                                 

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: The most defining moment in my life was when our home burned to the ground.  It taught me that it’s not the “things” in life that matter; family, friends, pets, and our faith are what truly matter.                                   

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?  I learned that true beauty comes from serving others with a humble grateful servant’s heart.  The Miss America Program’s dedication to the Children’s Miracle Network is an outward acknowledgement of the importance it puts in service to others rather than a focus on ourselves or a crown.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?  My goal as Miss Mississippi is to educate the public on the prevention of animal abuse, the rehabilitation needs of homeless animals, and the proper treatment of all pets and animals.  I want to be a voice for the defenseless animals who have no voice.                                                                                                          

What is your secret wish or dream? Other than becoming Miss America, my dream is to find every homeless animal a forever family with the proper care to have a better quality life…my wish is that one day I will no longer have to do that because all animals are receiving the proper love and care they deserve.                                                                    

I’m motivated by: My love and empathy.  I am very sensitive and care deeply about the needs of the helpless animals and broken people of the world.                                           

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?  Yes.  Even as a child, I have always loved animals.  Before I even knew what a Platform was, I was committed to saving, rehabilitating, and finding homes for countless domestic animals and wildlife.  When homes couldn’t be found, I personally adopted any animals who needed help.  Thankfully, my mom loves animals as much as I do, so she was understanding and accepting of the thousands of animals I brought into our home.           

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?  Several years ago, my family lost everything when our home burned to the ground, leaving us with literally the clothes on our backs.  Losing everything forces you to cling closer to those you love and appreciate every moment you have with them.  “Things” can be replaced, but people and pets cannot.                                                                            

The one thing I can’t live without:  My mom!                                                                          

My best friend would describe me as:  Always up for something; sometimes stretching myself too thin in order to help as much as I can; not afraid to speak my mind but always careful to respect the feelings and opinions of others; a very caring thoughtful friend; trustworthy, devoted, and passionate about helping animals.                 

Something interesting about my family:  My mom is the quintessential “Stage Mom” because ever since I was a baby, she has prepared me for and supported me in countless pageants when I’ve competed; she sacrificed so I could participate in pageants and take dance lessons; she attended and worked backstage at hundreds of dance recitals; and she knows the best places to shop!                                                         

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:  In Jr. High, I slipped on the bleachers in the gym during a basketball game and fell onto the gym floor in front of a packed crowd of cheering fans.  Needless to say, I was the “game-stopper”!

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:  I am terrified of heights, but I would love to overcome that fear and attempt skydiving one day.  It’s been said that overcoming your fears is freeing, so I’d like to accomplish that.                                            

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:  Oh yes…I have quite a few pets…some adopted, some found, some given to me.  I have 2 cats: a Main Coon named Sadie and a American Shorthair that I rescued from under our home.  I bottle-fed the entire litter and found them all homes except for Samantha (Sam) who I just couldn’t part with.  I also have two dogs:  A Husky-mix named Echo ad a Shepard-mix named Sabrina.