Jessica Swindle

Miss All-America City

Hometown: Clanton, AL

Platform:       Severe Weather Preparedness

Talent:           Vocal/ “Stormy Weather”                                                                

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?  Graduate of Alabama A&M University; currently attending Mississippi State University

What is your major? Broadcast Meteorology

What is your scholastic ambition? Become a degreed meteorologist, and receive a National Weather Association seal of approval

List scholastic honors: Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Alabama A&MUniversity; Dean’s List; Recipient of the Nathan L. Wilson Scholarship: Recipient of the Future Research Corporation Scholarship

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:  Securing an internship at WSFA      -TV

What is your favorite style of music?  Neo Soul/R&B

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  Science Fiction, because though it may seem unlikely, even impossible, the world of science fiction presents limitless possibilities

What is your favorite gadget? My flatiron!

What is your favorite blog? The Shade Room

What is your favorite place to visit? St. Augustine, FL

What is your favorite food? Any kind of Chocolate

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? The book my dad wrote, 52 Messages of Wisdom

Do you twitter?  Only when severe weather strikes, so I can alert my followers

What is your favorite?

Sport:Tennis

Actor: Will Smith                                          Actress: Sanaa Lathan

Television Program:The Real

Wardrobe Accessory:A watch. I must have one on at all times!

Thing to do on a weekend:  Sleep in

Way to spend a day off:  Getting organized

What is your hometown like?  It is a small town where our peach crop is the pride of our hearts.

What were you like when you were a child?I earned the nickname “Happy”by being a very energetic, talkative, and gregarious child.

Who is the most influential person in your life?        There is no single individual who has been the “most”influential. Everyone who has touched my life has made me who I am.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People usually do not realize how funny I am until they get to know me.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: In my hometown, winning Miss Peach is like winning Miss America, so when I finally won that title, it showed me that if I work hard, I can accomplish anything. It was the start of a great mindset that triggered much success years after.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? This concept is true for life, but I learned how true it is while competing in this amazing system, that there is no substitute for hard work. I never knew how talented, physically fit, or well-spoken I could be until I tried. It took time to develop these qualities, but I did not give up and proved to me that hard work always pays off.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I want every individual to be storm ready. Severe weather ready communities are more equipped to withstand storms. My platform,“Severe Weather Preparedness”, is one that could greatly benefit Mississippi. Living in the most severe weather prone country in the world, and in a state where we experience every variety of weather, I can help in the teaching, learning, and preparedness of communities.

What is your secret wish or dream?  Though I am very passionate about meteorology, I can see myself hosting my own talk show. I have many opinions about a variety of subjects, and would love to share them, while engaging with other guests about their lives and interests.

Im motivated by: My faith. My upbringing instilled the importance of perseverance through faith. Faith is what propels me towards my desires.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? I have witnessed all types of severe weather affect Mississippi. My fascination with storms also allowed me to understand the devastation they can cause. Being a trained Storm Spotter, and now studying meteorology at MSU, I feel compelled to deliver this message of severe weather preparedness. My platform “Severe Weather Preparedness”is not only important to this state, but to the entire nation.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? Graduating from Alabama A&M University. AAMU is an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), and during my matriculation, I was not only intellectually challenged, but culturally enhanced. Founded in 1875 by a former slave, Alabama A&M University fostered an atmosphere for me to effectively learn my course work, and learn how to love myself. Since I have graduated, I am now equipped to take on the world!

The one thing I cant live without:         I can’t live without theWord of God.

My best friend would describe me as: They describe me as dependable, honest, trustworthy, and optimistic.

Something interesting about my family:  Both of my parents are graduates of an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and University), which influenced my attendance to one as well.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: I don’t think I have one…yet.

One thing Id like to try that is out of character for me:  I have thought a lot about what it would be like to be a WWE wrestler. I have never been in a fight, but something about it seems very cool to me!                                                                                                                  

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:  No pets, sadly.