Katie Sims

Miss Madison Metro

Hometown:  Purvis

Platform:       Freedom from Financial Foes

Talent:           Piano

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?  William Carey University

What is your major?  Business Administration

What is your scholastic ambition?  My scholastic ambition is achieve a MBA and become a Personal Financial Advisor

List scholastic honors: Graduated H.S. with Honors, Mississippi Scholar, President’s and Dean’s List in college, Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business Administration, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Recipient of the Leville-Gentry Scholarship from the Lamar County Education Foundation

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:  Resident Assistant at William Carey

What is your favorite style of music?  Christian, Broadway, and Pop

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  I love watching comedy! “Lovey-dovey” moves are great, but I don’t want a movie to make me sad. I want it to make me laugh!

What is your favorite gadget?  My MacBook Air. I wouldn’t be able to pass college without it!

What is your favorite blog? My favorite blog is “Very Pinteresting (Delicious Dips)”

What is your favorite place to visit? My favorite place to go is T-Bones. I can drink coffee, eat chess squares, listen to 90’s music, and study microeconomics!

What is your favorite food? My favorite food is sweet potato casserole.

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?  If I were on a deserted island, I would want to have the book Left Behind with me.

Do you twitter?  I do tweet! Well, I’m more of a “retweeter.”

What is your favorite?

Sport:            Tennis                                                            Sports Team:  USM Football

Actor: Adam Sandler                                              Actress:   Jennifer Aniston

Television Program: Friends, Big Bang Theory, Gossip Girl, and New Girl

Wardrobe Accessory:  My Purity Ring

Thing to do on a weekend:  I love hanging out with friends, promoting my platform, and traveling with the Carey Chorale.

Way to spend a day off:    Netflix, studying, eating, and sleeping!

What is your hometown like? Purvis is a small town outside of Hattiesburg, MS. The people in Purvis are some of the most kind-hearted, loving, and craziest people I have ever met.

What were you like when you were a child?  As a child, I always enjoyed going to school and church. I was a serious child, but I also enjoyed playing dress up and having parties! I liked making good grades and was willing to learn. I would always light up and beam at every compliment! I loved to please my teachers and parents.

Who is the most influential person in your life?        My dad is a person who truly cares about people and unwillingly helps those who are in need. His selfless acts are what make him such a positive, influential role model.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? One thing about me that people I meet may not immediately realize is that I am not a very patient person.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: When I was in the 11th grade, my friends Mallory, Taylor, and I formed a singing trio called “The Carraways.” We auditioned, performed, and won the group portion of the Hattiesburg X-Factor. Winning this gave us the opportunity to travel to North Carolina and audition for the show. This was a great experience that I will never forget!

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? One thing that I have learned from being in the Miss America Program is how important it is to know what is going on in our economy as a whole. Keeping up with political candidates, world-wide catastrophes, and where our country is in the terms of economics. These three are just examples of what our youth and adults need to keep themselves informed of so our economy can rise to its highest potential.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? If crowned Miss Mississippi, I want to accomplish the goal of my platform. “Freedom from Financial Foes” was designed to require Personal Finance as a core class in high schools and colleges. Doing this will help our young people in Mississippi have a better understanding of their finances before entering and after graduating from college. Hopefully, lessening the financial crisis in the future that our state is currently facing today.

What is your secret wish or dream?  My secret wish is to be able to eat all the sweets I want and not gain a single pound!

I’m motivated by:  Nothing can motivate me more than music. There is music for whenever I’m sad, happy, and Broadway music that takes me to the big stage singing in front of thousands of people!

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Since being in college, I have noticed many of my friends who are having financial problems. Whether with taking out loans, food, or even money for supplies. My parents are both committed to full-time ministry, but we know how to handle our finances. I am lucky to have made it through three years of college and still have yet to take out any loans. I feel that if we require some sort of financial class, current students would have better knowledge of personal finances and could possibly prevent future debt problems that our country faces today.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? A few years ago I started the problem “Piano for Kids.” I taught free piano lessons at my church and at the Salvation Army: Boys and Girls Club. The kids received multiple lessons. At the completion of their book, the kids each got a certificate. When the children received these certificates, their faces lit up with joy! They were holding an award that showed, for some of them, their greatest accomplishment. Some of the kids were so proud of themselves that they ran straight to their friends to show them the amazing thing they had accomplished!

The one thing I can’t live without: One thing I cannot live without is music! Because who doesn’t love music?!

My best friend would describe me as:  My best friend would describe me as smart, sarcastic, sometimes stubborn, compassionate, and always trying to stay as busy as possible.

Something interesting about my family:  Something interesting about my family is we all love to laugh together, and at each other. We may argue like any normal family, but we have plenty of laughs to make up for it. The best times are when someone in our family says something that we make fun of, and jokes are always on the agenda. Road trips are always interesting with these three people!

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:   One of the most embarrassing things that has ever happened to me was when my family and I went skiing in Colorado a few years ago. My brother and I loved skiing through the trails off of the slopes into the woods. Well, there was a chunk of ice hidden in the snow that I skied over and then lost all control, hitting a tree. I blacked out for a second, but when I came to, my skies and ski boots were undone, I had snow all in my clothes, and I was achy for days. Gladly, I was wearing a helmet!

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:  I would like to be open to trying new things. I always order the same thing at every restaurant. I go to the same places to study, and I spend time with the same people. I have always had a big problem with change, but I think branching out of my comfort zone could be a good thing for me!

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:Yes! My family and I have a Chihuahua named Chico and a lab/chow mix named Winston.