Madeline Langley Lee

Miss North Central’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown:    Vicksburg, MS

Hobbies:        Dancing, singing, acting, tailgating at football games, and spending time with friends.

School:           St. Aloysius High School

Scholastic Ambition: My goal is to graduate from high school and college with academic honors. I plan to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing. I plan to minor in the area of public relations.  I want to be an oncology nurse along with becoming a missionary.

Scholastic Honors: National Junior Honor Society Member, Principal’s list, enrolled in Honors English, St. Aloysius Freshman class ambassador

Talent:            Vocal Broadway Performance

Platform:        Dance from the Heart

What makes you special and unique?  Someone once told me that when I walked in a room my smile would light up the world. I am very social that I never meet a stranger and everyone is a friend.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I love originality.

Best advice you have ever received? My mom tells me to never give up because nothing you set your mind to is impossible.

What can’t you live without? Music

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure would be a tie between Netflix and my grandmother’s banana pudding.

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  I would have to say a love story. When I was little I wanted to be Cinderella.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?  I see myself in ten years as a college graduate working in the field of oncology nursing and planning yearly mission trips.

Most valuable lesson learned?  My most valuable lesson learned is to always work hard and be yourself.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?  My most valued role model is my aunt Laura because she always had a smile on her face along with a beautiful giving spirit.

What motivates you?  I am motivated knowing there is a possibility that I could be that one girl who changes the world.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title?  My greatest non-academic accomplishment would have to be when I was only 13 I started a special needs dance team.

Best compliment you have ever received?  The best compliment I have ever received is that someone said Christ shined through me.

Secret wish or dream?  My secret wish is to be a performer on Broadway.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?  I was at a high school basketball game and fell down the bleachers in front of everyone.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you?  I would never see myself wearing camo, sitting in a deer stand, keeping my mouth shut, and trying to kill an animal. However, I would like to try it one weekend with my dad.

What is your super power?  My super power is my smile.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program?  I have learned through this program that it’s not just about the pageant. It is about the overall experience of making friends, creating memories, and being able to spread my platform, “Dance from the Heart” throughout the great state of Mississippi.

Describe yourself in one word.  Bubbly

A Fun Family Fact?  My family lives in the house where my dad was raised.

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

My name is Madeline Langley Lee. I am a lover of Jesus Christ, Netflix, and the Ole Miss rebels. This summer I will be celebrating the sweetest birthday, the big 16. I have a little sister Sophie Grace, a little brother Robert Douglas, and a chocolate lab named Max. I enjoy spending my fall Friday nights on the sideline cheering for my school’s football team. I love watching Netflix or listening to music while eating my favorite ice cream flavor Rocky Road.

I am a very active teenager that dances several days a week at a local studio and with the high school dance team. I love to sing, dance, and perform on stage. When I was 13, I started a special needs dance team with the girls at a special needs school in my hometown. I just recently have developed a love for writing so I started a blog called Mad’s Mission for God.

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

I have always had a strong passion for dance or anything that has me on the stage. But in sixth grade I would soon be entering junior high and wanted to be part of my school. At the time though there was only a cheer team. So I decided to take a break from dance and I joined a competitive cheer team. While being on the cheer team, I would travel to cheer competitions just as I did dance competitions. Except at each cheer competition, I would witness something so special and heartfelt. A special needs cheer team would perform. It was such an amazing thing to see each group received a standing ovation. After watching all the different special needs teams perform I thought “why isn’t this in the dance world?”

During that same year my family faced hard times. I lost my dear sweet aunt Laura in a tragic car accident. My aunt was a librarian at an underprivileged school. She worked hard to get grants approved to help teach children to read. She was known for her beautiful giving spirit. Also during that year I became more active in my youth group at church. I learned through bible studies that our purpose here on earth is to be a disciple of Christ. Being a disciple of Christ means that Christ’s light shines through you by helping others. So by experiencing all of this I learned that life could be cut short and I wanted to make a difference.

I decided I would use my God given talents to help others. I started a special needs dance team and named it, “Dance from the Heart.” I made some phone calls and through social media, it slowly started coming together. The students are enrolled in a life skills school called Jacob’s ladder. I proposed my plans to help these students to my principal and she allowed me to leave weekly during theology class to make all of this possible. So far they have had nine performances over the past three years. I even took them to their first regional competition where they received a trophy. I have raised $1500 to keep the team going through local sponsors and donations. What I love about this team is they have a love for performing as much as I do.  I get more high fives and hugs in an hour than you can imagine. I started to help them, but in reality they have taught me more than I could ever give to them. I hope to spread the idea of special needs dance teams not only in my state, but as a nationwide initiative.