Liz Sprabery

Miss Meridian’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown:    Meridian

Hobbies:        Traveling with my family; Reading; Weight training; Riding horses; Tailgating at Ole Miss; Baseball team statistician

School:           Southeast Lauderdale High School

Scholastic Ambition: Bachelor’s degree in Biology; Attend the University of Mississippi Medical School to become a Dermatologist.

Scholastic Honors:  All A’s K-10; Mississippi State District V Science Fair 1st place Microbiology Category 2012, 2103, 2014; SEHS 9th grade Student of the Year; Math and Science Team; BETA Club

Talent:            Piano; “The Firefly”

Platform:        Literacy; “Helping Children R.E.A.D.”

What makes you special and unique?  I can make a pig noise.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?  I am scared to death of frogs.

Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I ever received was to let the past go and move on.

What can’t you live without? My own bathroom

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Cannolis and chocolate

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Action/Romance because it puts two of my favorite things together

Where do you see yourself in ten years? Graduating medical school and starting my residency

Most valuable lesson learned? Don’t tell a lie.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why. Elizabeth Blackwell is my role model because she was a pioneer for women in the field of medicine becoming the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.  

What motivates you? Competition

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title?  Starting a library for the Boys and Girls Club of East Mississippi and seeing the excitement on the kids faces when they saw the library for the first time.

Best compliment you have ever received? “You are a classy, well-rounded young lady.”

Secret wish or dream? To be a spy

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?  I was sitting at lunch one day, and I laughed so hard I spit water out on the people across the table from me.

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

What is your super power?  My memory is really good.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program?  You have to be very dedicated in order to prepare for the pageants.

Describe yourself in one word.  Competitive

A Fun Family Fact?  We watch Christmas movies year round.

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

Did you know that Miss Meridian’s Outstanding Teen 2016, Liz Sprabery, loves to eat chocolate? Well, I do!  There are many things about me that are ordinary, but some things about me are fun and interesting. For instance, I love to curl up with a good book on a rainy day, especially a Nicholas Sparks book.  I also love the outdoors, but not the frogs that live there. They scare me to death! Have you ever watched Christmas movies in July? My family does! We love to watch them anytime and especially in the summer.

Something about me that is interesting is that my picture hangs in the Carnegie Deli in New York City.  I love to visit New York City because there is so much to do there! Traveling is fun, but sometimes I get stressed because of school work. To relax, I play the piano.  I enjoy learning new music and feel a sense of accomplishment when I complete a piece of music.

Elizabeth Blackwell is my role model because she was a pioneer in the medical field by becoming the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.  One day, I hope to follow in her footsteps by graduating from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and becoming a dermatologist. Thanks for supporting the Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen contestants!  I hope you enjoy the pageant! Who doesn’t love tiaras and rhinestones, right?

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

“Helping Children R.E.A.D”

The platform I have chosen is literacy with my slogan being, “Helping Children R.E.A.D.; Reach Goals, Educate Themselves, Acquire Knowledge, Develop Life Skills”.  I chose this platform for many reasons, one being the value and love of reading that my parents instilled in me.  They taught me that reading opens up doors in life, brings perspective to situations, and helps develop communication skills.

The program I have begun established a library for the East Mississippi Boys and Girls Club’s rural center in my community.  Through book drives and fundraising, I was able to collect over 1,200 books and $1,000 for the new library. Also, I have partnered with the United Way of East Mississippi to assist them in registering newborns for Imagination Library. In partnership with the Meridian/Lauderdale County Public Library, I carried out a library card registration drive at my high school. Through the library card drive, I was able to encourage students to make use of the free opportunity they have to access materials by visiting the library or checking out e-books. The library card drive was conducted in partnership with the Meridian/Lauderdale County Public Library, and we registered 332 students for their library card.  In cooperation with Junior of Auxiliary of Meridian, I am working to help refurbish the children’s section of the public library to include an interactive reading kiosk and new books.

Through hard work, exposure through media outlets, and fundraisers, Helping Children R.E.A.D. continues to thrive. I feel that having access to reading materials other than during school hours is essential to improved reading and comprehension skills.  Also, a book can expose children to differing viewpoints and ideas which may help them develop better thinking and life skills.  This program definitely has the potential of making a difference in the lives of children.