Macken’z Smith

Miss Rolling Hills 

Hometown:  Philadelphia, MS                                        

Platform:      Skin Cancer Prevention Awareness                               

Talent:          Vocal                                                                                     

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

What is your major?  Communication Sciences and Disorders                              

What is your scholastic ambition?  Complete a Doctorate Degree in Speech Pathology         

List scholastic honors:  MACJC Academic All State; ACT Scholarship; Dean’s List Honor Graduate; Talented and Gifted Scholarship                         

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

What is your favorite style of music?  I listen to all genre’s of music.  Its had to choose just one.                                           

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.  They make me feel good, and they touch my heart.                

What is your favorite gadget?  My iPhone.  I can’t go a day without my iPhone.

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 101 Way To Survive on a Deserted Island.      

Do you twitter?  Yes I do.  I love keeping up with my Rebels, and psychology quotes.   

What is your favorite?

Sport:  Tennis                                  Sports Team:  Ole Miss Rebels              

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 recordings I miss during the week.

What is your hometown like?  Very Unique!  We are home of Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty; The Neshoba County Fair; and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Choctaw Fair known for World Famous Stick Ball.  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 now bows or dresses.  I was (am) a daddy’s girl and you could always find me 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 and taught me to never give up and always go after y goals.  He made me realize that failure makes you work harder.                         

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

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 hard since the 7th grade to win a state championship, and in a matter of seconds it was gone.  After surgery, I wanted to give up.  I learned 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 Programs is a “Giving” organization.  It brings together some of the most strong intelligent women in the country who work for the community and promote issues that are dear to them.  Through scholarships, it also allows these women to complete their education.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?  I want to accomplish the passing of Mississippi Sente Bill 2213.  This bill would keep anyone under 18 years old from legally using a tanning bed.  I want to use my experience of having skin cancer, to bring awareness all across the state that skin cancer is preventable, and we need to protect our skin.

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.    

I’m motivated by:  The feeling I get when hard work has paid off and I reach my goals I have set for myself.                      

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?  My father, grandfather, grandmother and myself have skin cancer.  I had my first surgery when I was 12, then my second a few months ago.  I want to use my experience to show people that it can happen to anyone if they don’t protect themselves from the sun and tanning beds.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?  Being diagnosed with skin cancer.  I have watched my grandparents and my father as they have battled skin cancer, but when you hear the words that you have it also; it changes your outlook on life.  I never go outside without thinking about being in the sun, and am I doing enough to protect myself.

The one thing I can’t live without:  My car!  I am always on the go so I could not live without it                                   

My best friend would describe me as:  Stubbornly independent, having a big heart, funny, loud, very loyal and sometimes clumsy.                    

Something interesting about my family:  We have four straight days of birthdays in May.  My grandfather’s is May 20th, mine is May 21st, my cousins May 22nd, and my dad’s is May 23rd.  Each of us has our own week of birthday stuff, so we get to 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 tennis 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:  I would like to ride every amusement park roller-coasters in the United States, starting with King-Da-Ka 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.