Liz Sprabery

Miss Dixie
Hometown: Meridian, MS
Platform: Literacy; Helping Children R.E.A.D
Talent: Piano
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-9; Mississippi State District V Science Fair 1st place Microbiology Category 2012, 2103, 2014; SEMS 8th grade highest average in Algebra I, Science, and English; BETA Club
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? They do not realize that I ride horses
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? Dr. DeShannon Davis because she is a successful person with many interests who set goals and reached them
What motivates you? Competition
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Winning the title of Jr. Miss Dixie National 2013 because I worked really hard to prepare for the competition
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 (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
Did you know that Miss Dixie’s Outstanding Teen 2015, 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 example, did you know that I can tie a goat? This is similar to how cowboys tie calves, and I learned to do this when I practiced for the rodeo goat tying competition. Some people think I am brave to compete in goat tying because you have to jump off a running horse, but they do not think I am so brave when they find out I am scared of frogs. 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! I hope you enjoy the pageant! Who doesn’t love tiaras and rhinestones, right
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 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. My immediate goal for R.E.A.D. is to create a library for each of the rural Boys and Girls Club centers in my area and to then expand the program to reach neighboring counties. 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. By partnering with my local United Way, I have become involved with the Imagination Library program which provides a book a month for those children registered in the program until they are five years of age. As Miss Dixie’s Outstanding Teen 2015, I have created informational materials which will be given out in the folders which new parents take home from the local hospitals. These materials instruct parents on how to register online for their child to receive books from Imagination Library. As Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen 2015, I would love to focus on teen parents and spend quite a bit of time reaching out to them through television, print, and radio outlets to convince these young parents of the importance of taking the time to read to their children. R.E.A.D. definitely has the potential of making a difference in the lives of children