Kaci Bryant

Miss North Central Mississippi

Hometown:   Taylorsville, Mississippi

Platform:       Back to Books for a Brighter Future

Talent:           Classical Piano

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?  Mississippi State University

What is your major?  Elementary Education

What is your scholastic ambition?  To obtain an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and begin teaching elementary school in Mississippi.

List scholastic honors:President’s List, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Academic Scholarship to Mississippi State University

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:  Winning my local Distinguished Young Woman program my junior year of high school.

What is your favorite style of music?  Rap

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  My favorite movie genre is definitely romance because I am a hopeless romantic who enjoys a cheesy love story.

What is your favorite gadget?    My iPhone

What is your favorite blog? Enough by Grace Valentine

What is your favorite place to visit?  The Dominican Republic

What is your favorite food? Scrambled eggs and biscuits

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?  My huge Jane Austen book that includes four exciting novels in one.

Do you twitter?  Yes. Follow me @kaci_bryant123

What is your favorite?

Sport: Football                                  Sports Team:  Mississippi State Bulldogs

Actor: Matthew McConaughey     Actress:        Blake Lively

Television Program:  Gossip Girl and Say Yes to the Dress

Wardrobe Accessory:  I hardly ever leave my house without rings on my fingers.

Thing to do on a weekend:  Ride horses and watch football or baseball with my family

Way to spend a day off:    Drinking a café au lait in a coffee shop while reading a book

What is your hometown like?  Taylorsville, Mississippi is so small that it does not even have a traffic light.  However, what it lacks in size, it makes up for with wonderful residents.

What were you like when you were a child?  I was a drama queen who loved to read, play softball, and pretend I was a teacher.

Who is the most influential person in your life?  My mother is the most influential person in my life.  She once gave me some of the most important advice I have ever been given when she told me to “dream big, crazy dreams.”

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People usually don’t immediately realize how shy I amor that I played softball for fourteen years.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: One defining moment in my life was choosing to attend Mississippi State University.  This decision has already opened many doors in my life and taught me how to make decisions on my own that will benefit me for years to come.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? The Miss America Program has taught me how important it is to be a positive role model as a titleholder because as titleholders, children and teens watch every move we make whether we realize it at the time or not.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I would like to continue to share my platform, Back to Books for a Brighter Future, to show elementary students the importance of reading books in an age where cell phones and video games are usually the first choice of how a child spends his or her free time.

What is your secret wish or dream?  My secret wish is to fluently learn Spanish, so I can move to the Dominican Republic to work as a missionary and a school teacher.

I’m motivated by: The need to succeed motivates me.  I do not want to be just average when I know that I have the potential to work hard and accomplish more.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? When I began tutoring children at local elementary schools, it did not take me long to realize how many children struggled with reading.  This broke my heart, so I created my platform to inform these children how exciting and important it is to read books even though we live in a technologically advanced society where books are sometimes forgotten.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? The most significant events in my lifetime are the terror threats and actions on U.S. soil including 9/11 and the most recent, San Bernardino.  These caused U.S. residents to have a fear that was almost invisible prior to these events occurring.

The one thing I can’t live without: Unsweet Tea          as soon as I wake up every morning

My best friend would describe me as:  My best friend would describe me as determined because I work very hard to accomplish my goals I set my mind to, especially if someone tells me I can’t.

Something interesting about my family: Every member of my family graduated from the same small high school.  Also, I am an only child.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:   One time my softball team was playing our rival school, and as I rounded first base to run to second, I tripped and literally rolled all the way to the outfield.  We still won though.

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:  I would love to swim with sharks even though I am terrified to be in deep ocean water.

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:  I have two horses, Hank, who is an ex racehorse, and Hart. I also have three dogs, Skeeter, Sugar, and Kate.