Madison Peyton

Miss William Carey University

Hometown:  Hattiesburg, MS

Platform:       Big Hearts, Big Opportunities

Talent:           Vocal

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?  William Carey University

What is your major?  Biology Major with Chemistry Minor

What is your scholastic ambition?  I hope to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences and attend Physician Assistant School specializing in either family medicine or surgery.

List scholastic honors: President’s List; Dean’s List; member of the Honor’s Program at William Carey; awarded the Amy E. Allen Cash Award for the highest grade point average during the Miss William Carey University Pageant; member of Alpha Chi National Honor’s Society

Greatest non-academic accomplishment: I was chosen Captain of my tennis team in 2013, and in that year, I was also awarded “Best All Around”, and I made it to the State Championship.

What is your favorite style of music?  I listen to many different styles, but my favorite would have to be 80s pop.

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  I love musical films because not only do they make me incredibly happy, but once I am familiar with the songs, it makes watching them so much more enjoyable since I can sing along with the characters.

What is your favorite gadget?  Kindle

What is your favorite blog? The Huffington Post

What is your favorite place to visit?  New Orleans, Louisiana

What is your favorite food? Fish tacos

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? I would want the journal that my dad wrote for me every single day while I was growing up. I was given the journal after my dad’s death, and it is priceless to me.

Do you twitter?       Yes

What is your favorite?

Sport:                        Tennis                        Sports Team:  LSU Tigers

Actor:             Patrick Dempsey      Actress:   Jennifer Lawrence

Television Program:  Grey’s Anatomy

Wardrobe Accessory:  State of Mississippi Gold Skosh Necklace

Thing to do on a weekend: Attend football games

Way to spend a day off: Read a good book, play tennis, enjoy a time of rest

What is your hometown like?  My hometown is Hattiesburg, Mississippi, but I have grown up on the outskirts in a small area called Dixie. I have loved living in Dixie because of its quiet nights, bright stars, and long roads perfect for jogging.

What were you like when you were a child?  Ever since I can remember, I have always had the passion to sing, dance, and entertain whomever was around me. I can recall countless times where I would put on some type of performance for my family after we had all finished eating dinner (or sometimes during – dinner and a show).

Who is the most influential person in your life?  Without a doubt, my mother is the most influential person in my life because she has shown me how to serve people joyfully, work hard for the goals I have for my life, and keep a hopeful and positive mindset. She is the strongest person I know, and if I’m half the person she is one day, then I will be doing pretty well.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I am much shyer than I appear to be. I love to talk to people, but the moment before, I am extremely nervous. However, I am able to pull it off very well, and that’s why people never seem to realize.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: The most defining moment of my life was the day I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior the summer after my 8th grade year, and it was the most incredible decision I could have ever made. He has blessed me immensely, and I owe everything that I have to Him.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? Being in the Miss America Program has taught me that I am capable of doing incredible things with my life that could serve others and make a difference. It has also shown me that you’re never going to accomplish great things and be involved in new experiences if you never push yourself to try.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? If I were to be crowned Miss Mississippi, I want to accomplish my goal of advocating my platform and sharing with people the compassion and love that should be shown to disabled individuals always. I wish more than anything that people could see disabled individuals through my eyes because they would realize that we’re not all so different after all. I also hope to become an approachable ambassador for Mississippi, so that as a whole, we can all work together towards making our beautiful state even better!

What is your secret wish or dream?  I wish that a cure for a cancer would be found, so people would never have to go through the pain and suffering due to the sickness and families never have to become broken from losing a loved one.

I’m motivated by:  I am motivated by my desire to be the best I can be at whatever I set my mind. I am also motivated to continue to work hard because I want to be successful during my lifetime and be able to look back and have something that would make myself, my family, and my friends proud.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Yes, I have actually been involved with a camp that involves citizens with developmental disabilities for several years now. This camp is called Abbie Rogers’ Civitan Camp, and it takes place during the summer.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? The day my dad passed away from cancer. He was not only my father, but my biggest fan, my biggest supporter, and so much more. When someone has that major of a role in your life and is no longer with you, it is very difficult to go on living the same way you have always had.

The one thing I can’t live without: Abbie Rogers’ Civitan Camp

My best friend would describe me as:  My best friend would describe me as an extremely optimistic person who always has a smile on my face and loves to see others happy.

Something interesting about my family:  My family and I are all part Italian and Cajun, so of course, we are big time food people. My mom is actually a chef and owns her own Cajun café close to where we live.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:  Even though I don’t get embarrassed very easily, the thing that came closest was a time during my senior year of high school. I used to do the announcements and Pledge of Allegiance every morning over the intercom for the entire school, and one particular morning, my mind went blank, and I forgot the words to the pledge.

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:  One thing that I would love to try one day is to go on a mission trip out of the country. I don’t believe it’s necessarily out of my character, but it would absolutely be out of my comfort zone.

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:  I only have one pet. His name is Arnie, and he is a white toy poodle. It would be very easy to mistake him for a large-sized cotton swab though.