Kacilyn Nicole Pegues

Miss Northland’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown:    Shannon, MS

Hobbies:        Singing, Playing the piano and flute, Praise Dancing

School:           Shannon High School

Scholastic Ambition: To become a Neonatologist

Scholastic Honors: Member of Beta Club; Attended 2015 National Youth Leadership Forum: Explore STEM Summer Program at Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Recipient of 2012 National Mathematics Achievement Award

Talent:            Vocal – “Feeling Good”

Platform:        Anti-bullying

What makes you special and unique? I love myself and believe in my ability to achieve my goals.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I may seem shy but I actually love to talk—a lot.

Best advice you have ever received? My favorite Scripture is from Philippians 4:13 which reads, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”

What can’t you live without? I can’t live without the love and support of my family.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Eating French Vanilla ice cream in bed.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love to watch comedies because I love to laugh!

Where do you see yourself in ten years? I will have obtained a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Med/Biology and will be completing medical school.

Most valuable lesson learned? Trust your gut and understand the value of a true friendship.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? I admire Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, because of her personal style and her desire to keep America fit.

What motivates you? My family motivates me and shows me unconditional love.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Earning both my bronze and silver Congressional Awards for my 4-H community and volunteer service. These will be presented to me by a member of our State Legislature.

Best compliment you have ever received? At age 11 during an autograph party for Miss Mississippi pageant titleholders, I was encouraged to compete. I still have those pictures and inspiring words from them.

Secret wish or dream? To be a Disney princess and lead the parade at Disneyland.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I got stuck on an elevator while attending Mississippi State’s Bulldog Byte Technology Summer Camp.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Skydiving.

What is your super power? I am a peacemaker.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? Be fearless and shine!

Describe yourself in one word. Determined!

A Fun Family Fact? My dad is a retired major league professional baseball player and my mom is a former pageant queen.

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

I have a zeal for personal development and growth through pageantry, volunteerism and public speaking. It is my desire to be the best ‘me’ that I can be. I firmly believe that you should have fun while learning.  One of the highlights of my visit toEmory University in Atlanta, Georgia, during a week-long STEM program was meeting Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space.  It was a thrill to meet her because I portrayed her during a church play when I was ten years old!

Outside of the pageant world, being an active member of 4-H has been a positive experience because it has shaped me into a well-rounded person and a productive member of society. Since I began my service project, “Cans for Hands”, I have promoted several canned-food drives. To date, I have collected over 400 food can items. All items were donated to a local food shelter.

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

The real truth on bullying reveals that it is a growing problem among teens and children. Sadly, many teens and children become regular victims of bullying, which can lead to serious emotional problems. Personally, I have been in the company of a bully and I know how they operate. Being exposed to a bully has taught me to speak out against this negative behavior. I became sensitive to victims of bullying and decided to adopt an anti-bullying platform.

To create an awareness of my platform, I volunteer with the Mississippi 4-H State Technology Team. As an extra service project,I have acted in anti-bullying plays that were geared for teens and children in schools and throughout communities. I have performed these plays on stages and public parks across the state and nationally in New York and Washington, D.C.

I feel that it is important to bring awareness to my anti-bullying platform so that more people can understand how to stop it and support those who have experienced it. This would also promote self-worth and self-confidence in children and youth.