Julieanna Jackson

Miss Vicksburg’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown:    Mize, MS

Hobbies:        Baking, Sing, and Reading

School:           Homeschooled

Scholastic Ambition: Teacher

Scholastic Honors: 4.0 GPA

Talent:            Vocal/Singing

Platform:        Literacy in Today’s Youth

What makes you special and unique? Oh, my intuition and enthusiasm when it comes to sharing my love of reading.  I feel my love of reading had given me the unique talent of being able to find my peers books they would not only love to read but also to be enthusiastic and think about what can I read next!  Also, I am known in my family to make a mean Red Velvet Cake from scratch.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? That I am Homeschooled and a world traveler.  I have a passion to see the world and I am truly blessed because my dad’s job allows us to go with him as a family on trips.

Best advice you have ever received? My family has always reminded me to be myself.  In our house, my Mom has a sign that I love with one of my favorite Bible verses.  You are fearfully and wonderfully made – Psalm 139:14.  It reminds me that God made me to be me and not to be someone else.

What can’t you live without? My Family is the one thing that I could not live without.  They are my biggest supporters and I know that no matter what they will always be there.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? A Cotton Candy Frappuccino from Starbucks.  I am not a big fan of coffee but I do love this Frappuccino.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre would have to be, science fiction set in the future.  I love seeing how writers and producers envision the future with a science fiction twist.  On movie that I am really excited about is The Fifth Wave.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see myself living in Starkville and attending Mississippi State University earning a degree to become an Elementary Teacher.

Most valuable lesson learned? To always be myself and trust my instincts.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My Dad’s Mother whom I called MeMaw.  She passed away three years ago from lung cancer.  I can still remember her courage, her generosity, and that warm smile she had for everyone.  MeMaw had a way of making everyone feel important and loved.  She never lost her faith and to me she is the perfect role model

What motivates you? My friends and family are my biggest motivators.  They push me to be the best that I can be but at the same time I know that they will always be my biggest supporters whether I succeed or fail.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? I was able to donate over 1,000 pounds of basicliving necessitiesto local Veteran’s Homes and also Homeless Shelters.  It was a privilege to meet so may Veterans and hear their stories.

Best compliment you have ever received? That my smile is contagious.

Secret wish or dream? To work at Disney as Belle and share my love of reading.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I went to Europe last year with my Mom and a big group of girls.  I will never forget our cab driver driving past Buckingham Palace and telling us that it was an “Office Complex”.  I looked at my Mom and said that I would love to work at a place like that, she was laughing so hard that she couldn’t speak for a good 5 minutes.  In between laughter she informed me that it was Buckingham Palace, not an office complex.  I informed her that I could live there then and we all started laughing!!

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? To order exotic food.  I have a tendency to always go with what I know on the menu when my family goes out to dinner.  I would love to just randomly point at something and order it.  Who knows, I might actually like it.

What is your super power? My super power is something that comes naturally, I can make almost anyone smile!  I have been told that I have never met a stranger.  Sharing a smile can be uplifting and make a person feel special.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? To be yourself.  Throughout my year as Miss Vicksburg’s Outstanding Teen, I have met so many young ladies throughout this organization that are all different yet equally outstanding.  Each of us has their own style yet has a common purpose to make our communities the best that they can be.

Describe yourself in one word. HAPPY, my family has always taught me that happiness comes from within.  I hope that I am able to spread a little happiness to anyone that I meet.

A Fun Family Fact? We were chosen to be the Mayors of Toon Town at DisneyLand for one day and got to ride in Walt Disney’s car as the Grand Marshall in a Parade.  It was so much fun and our family talks about it every time we go to Disney.

Please write a short essay describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are.

 Happy, homeschooler, baker, Disney nerd, book lover, singer, friendly, world traveler, and business owner are just some of the words that would describe me, Julieanna Jackson.  I am a 13 year old homeschooler that gets to travel the world with her family for her Dad’s job.  Traveling has given me the opportunity to meet so many new people and to see the world.  When I am at home you can find me hanging out with my friends at local football games, at Church, or sitting outside under a big oak tree reading a book.  I love to bake and one of my favorite desserts to make is my grandmother’s red velvet cake with homemade frosting.  Broadway musicals is how I discovered that I have a passion for singing.  My favorite Broadway show is Wickedand I’ve pretty much memorized every song from the show.  This past summer my Mom and I started our own online boutique called PolkaDot Pineapple.  Its been a lot of fun learning about merchandising and how to market our store thru social media.  Lastly, I am a girl who loves to make new friends.

Please write a short essay explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject.

 What if I told you that when I ask my peers what their favorite books are, they generally laugh and tell me that they only read books that their teachers assign them to read or when I ask young children what their favorite book are, they have a hard time remembering what it is?  It’s shocking but true.  Three years ago, I was the girl who disliked reading.  My parents struggled with finding me books that I would love to read, that is until I wanted to see the movie Percy Jackson.  My Mom told me the only way we would see it, was if I read the book.  I completed the book in two days and begged for the second book in the series.  I realized then that I loved science fiction and have read countless books in the same genreand have pushed myself to find other types of books that I think I might like.  This is why I created my platform Matchbook.  With Matchbook I created an easy and fun survey that can be distributed at schools, libraries or found on my website, www.JulieannasMatchbook.com.  Once the survey is completed, children can find their perfect book that inspires a love for reading.  I want every child to know that there is a book out there for them to love and cherish, all they need to do is give reading a chance.