Miss North Central Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen
Hometown: Madison, MS
Hobbies: Shopping, Traveling, Reading
School: Germantown High School
Scholastic Ambition: To become an optometrist
Scholastic Honors: All “A” Honor Roll, Beta Club, Presidential Award
Talent: Vocal – “Hallelujah”
Platform: Multiple Sclerosis: Spreading The Message
What makes you special and unique? I have been recognized by the New York Times for an “End of the Year Rap.”
What is one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I have a silly side and I am really chatty. But when you meet me for the first time, I am quiet.
Best advice you have ever received? Do not be afraid of making mistakes, but always know how to learn from them.
What can’t you live without? My contacts/glasses. Good luck having a conversation with me without them.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Sister Shubert’s dinner rolls
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Utopian and Dystopian Fiction, c’mon, who wouldn’t wanna be Katniss?
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years, I see myself graduated from optometry school and beginning my new career as a successful optometrist.
Most valuable lesson learned? To live every day like it is your very last.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Jackson. Her dedication to teaching and treating every student with respect at the same time inspires me to do the same every day.
What motivates you? My family is the main source of my motivation.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Being the Mississippi representative for the Future American Presidents book by Matthew Jordan Smith.
Best compliment you have ever received? “Girl, how do you do your eyebrows?!”
Secret wish or dream? Witness the northern lights in Alaska.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? One winter, I had worn a pair of dark green velvet pants to bible study. In class, they had given us packs of crackers for an afternoon snack. Apparently, when I had eaten them, the crumbs got in my chair and stuck to the back of my pants. When I got up to use the restroom, there were crumbs all over the backside of my pants and everyone knew but me.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Get a kiss fish pedicure, but to be honest, what is out of character for Kennedy?
What is your super power? The ability to read 400 page books in one sitting.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I have learned how to communicate effectively.
Describe yourself in one word. Determined
A Fun Family Fact? Even though both of my grandparents have 6 siblings, all of their children have only one child.
All About Me:
As a junior at Germantown High School, I would describe myself as rather focused. Upon starting high school, I have been blessed enough to maintain All “A” Honor Roll since the very first day. Not only have I been able to keep a 4.0, I have also enjoyed being in many leadership roles. For the past two years, I have served on the Student Government Association and have loved every minute. I also enjoy serving my community by participating in the Beta Club.
Aside from school, I love traveling and spending time with my family. Since both of my aunts live on different sides of the country, it’s always a ball when we get together. Last summer, I had the opportunity of going to see one of them in Los Angeles, California, where she resides. While I was there, I spent 2 weeks at The University of California Los Angeles learning about the medical field and dreaming of my future as an Optometrist.
In my future, I see myself using my strengths, such as being kind and driven to lead me to Optometry school. When I was in the 6th grade, my social studies teacher approached my mother and suggested in getting me a pair of glasses. 1 pair of broken glasses, 2 pairs of missing glasses and a set of contacts later, I have found an interest in Optometry and anything dealing with optics.
All About My Platform:
When I found out I needed a platform for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program, I knew without a doubt what I was most passionate about and what I wanted to stand for. When I was about 1 or 2 years old, my grandmother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Being so young at the time, I don’t remember the diagnosis, so I never got the opportunity to see my grandmother truly walk. As a woman who had so much poise and grace, I dedicated my platform to her, most commonly know as, Multiple Sclerosis: Spreading The Message.
Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disease that disrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body. The types of MS can vary from a light limp to being completely disabled. The cause of MS is still unknown, but the only way we can stop it from hurting more people is to make others aware of what the disease can really do.
Through Multiple Sclerosis: Spreading The Message, I plan to not only make MS known throughout our state, but to also help volunteer at walks and eventually start my own fundraiser to help raise money to find a cure for MS. In memory of my grandmother who has now made heaven her home, I ask you to take the step with me of fighting for a world free of MS.