LaRhonda Mack

Miss Metro Jackson
Hometown: Bolton, MS
Platform: M.I.N.T Mental Illnesses ‘N’ Teens
Talent: Pianist
Hobbies: My hobbies include reading, playing the piano, marching in the band, and playing soccer
School: Raymond High School
Scholastic Ambition: To become a Nurse Anesthetist
Scholastic Honors: Honor Roll Student, Honors English, 3.2 GPA
What makes you special and unique? My personality makes me special because I can always bring joy to someone’s life by being encouraging and motivating
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I am a sweet and compassionate person that will always be there for anyone who needs a good friend
Best advice you have ever received? My mother has always instilled in me to be true to you and not to be easily influenced by others who are always talking negatively or doing things that are out of character. Keep a positive attitude and you will go far in life
What can’t you live without? There are many things I can’t live without, one being my family and the other being the internet
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Driving to Chick-fil-la on a Saturday afternoon, buying a small ice-cream cone
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Watching a horror movie usually helps me become more appreciative that I am in a far better situation than those in it
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In the next ten years, I see myself working for the Veterans Affair Hospital as a Nurse Anesthetist in the operating room
Most valuable lesson learned? To treat everyone you encounter in this walk of life with kindness and respect, even if they aren’t respectful to you
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My father, he teaches me to always be honest, kind, and respectful to others. He also taught me how to deal with difficult situations that I may come across in life
What motivates you? The joy I get from helping others motivate me to have a positive affect to anyone I encounter in life
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Having the opportunity to volunteer every summer at the Veteran’s Hospital, and sharing my talent of playing the piano for all of the veterans
Best compliment you have ever received? You are an amazing and talented young lady. I’m glad to have gotten the opportunity to meet someone as optimistic and motivating. You are a true friend and I love to be around you
Secret wish or dream? To win a lottery and become a millionaire at a young age and share my wealth with the less fortunate
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I am a clumsy person at times but the most embarrassing thing that happened to me was forgetting my spot in my school’s marching band field show
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Scuba Diving, I appreciate all aspects of marine life and would love to get the chance to explore many forms of it
What is your super power? Playing music. It has not only impacted my life but others as well. Music helps me concentrate and treasure the small details of my life
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I’ve learned to become a more rounded person by representing all four points of the crown. These points are Style, Success, Scholarship, and Service. I am successful at serving those around me in style, while earning scholarships
Describe yourself in one word. Amusing
A Fun Family Fact? My parents, siblings, and I, names start with an L
Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are. Keep in mind the questions you’ve already been asked and include other things that you would like people to know about you
The youngest of three, I felt I was expected to follow my siblings’ footsteps. As I grew older, I realized that I would not be like them; I would just be me….my own person. I wanted to be a person that others could look up to and set an example for others. My parents introduced me to music, and it became the love of my life. Unlike the interests of my older siblings (football/dancing/etc.)…I became passionate about music. At first, I played alone as an escape to feel emotions as life handed them to me. And in troubles, music comforted me. As I realized what joy playing the piano had brought to me, I felt I could share that with others. And as I was able to play for others at church or the VA Medical Center or anywhere, I soon realized what a smile my gift could bring to others. I wasn’t just ‘the young girl who could play the piano’ but one who could express life through music and bring happiness to others. Upon entering high School, I joined my high school marching band and learned to play the clarinet. I worked hard and dedicated myself to be the best in my group…and I have been rewarded as Section leader. I strive to be the best section leader by setting example not only as a musician but as a friend and hopefully an example to others. I try to be someone others can come to and be positive for their future endeavors as well as my own
Having the opportunity to volunteer at the Veterans Hospital, soup kitchens, preschools during the past few years, has been a small step in things I wish to accomplish in life, not only through volunteering and sharing my piano choices, but building a relationship with me, in that I will return and bring a song and a smile with me time after time
Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject. Be sure to name your platform and give a brief explanation of its purpose as well
The subject of mental illness is many times ignored or avoided due to the stigma given to the disease. My platform is MINT; it is to bring awareness to mental illnesses in teens. Most people, teenagers especially, are afraid to step forward and admit they need help. Sadly, many teenagers have committed suicide as a result of untreated depression and/or anxiety. Many of these teen suicides could have been prevented if awareness had been promoted through our schools and communities. I have worked to bring mental illness in teens to the forefront. . Millions of children and adolescents in this country suffer from a mental illness, including some of my family members. I have tried to encourage those who may have signs or symptoms of this illness to seek help, treatment, and counseling. I have contacted NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to participate in their annual walk and to get more teens actively involved. I would like to accomplish this by promoting awareness of mental illness in teens through school and community education programs. I feel that much of this could be accomplished by working with my school guidance counseling office and encourage mental illness awareness programs to be presented in other schools throughout Mississippi