Macken’z Smith

Miss MidSouth

Hometown:  Philadelphia, MS                                                                                        

Platform:       Strong Voice                                                                                                

Talent:           The Rhythm Bones                                                                                                

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?  The University of Mississippi                                                         

What is your major?  Speech Pathology                                                                      

What is your scholastic ambition?  To graduate from the University of Mississippi with a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology

List scholastic honors:  MACJC Academic All State, ACT Scholarship, Honor Graduate/Dean’s List

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:  Winning State/Region 23 Tennis Championship 2015                                                                           

What is your favorite style of music?  All genres of music appeal to me                                                                                      

What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love romantic comedies.  They are so fun because they are serious and funny at the same time.

What is your favorite gadget?  My phone.  It would be really hard to not have my phone.

What is your favorite blog?Fitgirlcode (Fit Girl Code)                                                           

What is your favorite place to visit?  Paris, France.  I love being at the top of the Eiffle Tower.

What is your favorite food?  I love Ichiban.  I could eat it every day.                                  

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?  I would want the book, 101 Way to Survive on a Deserted Island.                                         

Do you twitter?  Yes, I really like keeping up with my Rebels or just reading funny tweets.

What is your favorite?

Sport:  Tennis                                              Sports Team:  Ole Miss                                        

Actor:  Johnny Depp                                  Actress:Shailene Woodley                      

Television Program:  Grey’s Anatomy                                                                                      

Wardrobe Accessory:  Pony Tail Holder                                                                                  

Thing to do on a weekend:  Looking for Geocaches.                                                

Way to spend a day off: Catching up on my recorder programs I miss during the week.

What is your hometown like?  Very Unique!  We are home of Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty; The Neshoba County Fair, also Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Choctaw Indian Fair known for World Famous Stickball.  We are home of Williams Brothers, the oldest General Mercantile Store.                                                                  

What were you like when you were a child?  I was a complete tomboy which meant no bows or dresses.  I was a daddy’s girl and always outside getting into something.  

Who is the most influential person in your life?  My high school tennis coach.  He saw something in me and the kind of player I could be.  He pushed me to work hard for my dreams.  He taught me to never give up and always go after my goals.  He told me failure makes you work harder.                                                                                                          

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?  I am a complete book “nerd”.  Mainly Harry Potter.  I have read the series three different times.                                                                                                                  

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:  When I tore my ACL two weeks before state tennis tournament.  I had worked very hard since 7th grade to win a state championship and in a matter of seconds it was gone.  After surgery I wanted to give up, but I found a lesson in that failure.  I learned to play differently and achieved my goal in 2015.                                                                        

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?  That the Miss America Program is a “Giving” program; from educational scholarships, the Children’s Miracle Network, to helping promote many platforms throughout the states.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?  I would make my way around the state talking to high schools as well as college campuses, bring awareness to the issue of bullying and school shootings.  Most schools do not take action until it is too late, and that is not okay.                           

What is your secret wish or dream?  I have always wanted to be an actress.  Shailene Woodley is the kind of actress I would want to be.  After I met her I liked her even more.  She is my role model.                                                                                    

I’m motivated by:  The feeling I get when my hard work has paid off and I reach my goal.                    

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?  My brother, Chandler was on campus at Delta State the day of the fatal shooting.  I remember exactly how I felt waiting to hear news about what was happening and if he was okay.  I don’t want anyone to feel the way I did that day.  I chose my platform hoping I could help prevent this from happening.                                                                    

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?  The election of the first African American President, Barack Obama, our 44th President of the United States.                                                                                                      

The one thing I can’t live without:  My car.  I am always on the go so my car saves me.                                                                                                

My best friend would describe me as:  Having a big heart, funny, loud and sometimes clumsy.        

Something interesting about my family:  We have four straight days of birthdays in May.  My grandfather is May 20; mine is May 21; my cousin’s May 22; and my dad’s is May 23.  We just celebrate the whole month of May.                                                               

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:  During a big tennis match my senior year, I reached over the net to pick up a ball and I lost my balance and fell right over the top of the net.  It took me forever to stop laughing at myself.                                                                                                                                            

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:  To ride every amusement park roller-coaster in the United States, starting with KingdaKa in New Jersey.                  

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:  I have a little four pound fireball Chihuahua named Cash, whose ears are bigger than he is.  We also have a family Chihuahua named Murphy.