Madison Smith

Miss Mid-South’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown: Gluckstadt, MS

Hobbies: Pageantry, Photography, Makeup artistry,

School: Germantown High School

Scholastic Ambition: I plan to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. I am also interested in becoming a lawyer.

Scholastic Honors: I am the recipient of several MAV Awards for academic improvement and teacher’s choice.  My grades are above average, and average.

Talent: Vocal

Platform: Social Media Accountability (#GoodPostMS)

What makes you special and unique?  My personality makes me special and unique. People have told me that after meeting me once, they feel as they have known me for years.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?  People may not immediately realize that I am a prankster.

Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I received was from my grandmother on loving and hugging those close to you because life is short.

What can’t you live without? I cannot live without food, family, and my cell phone (and its battery charger).

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure is social media.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Comedy is my favorite movie genre because I like to laugh.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see myself in ten years as a college graduate pursuing my dreams and celebrating my accomplishments with family and friends.

Most valuable lesson learned?  My most valuable lesson learned was on patience after my first curling iron burn. I was supposed to wait for my mother to use it, instead I did it alone and today I have the scar as a reminder.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model is my dad. I admire his work ethic. He humbly strives to be the best at work and home. He puts our family first.

What motivates you? I am motivated by what I anticipate will be enjoyable.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Being selected by classmates to serve as homecoming maid was a great accomplishment.  My classmates could have chosen anyone but they thought of me.

Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment I received was that I have a gift for pageantry.  The comment was encouraging because of my interest in pageantry.

Secret wish or dream? My secret wish is just that, a secret. I am prayerful it will come true!

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?  Falling off of the electric bull at the state fair was the funniest thing to happen to me.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would like to try skydiving from an airplane. This would be out character for me because I get tense about height.

What is your super power? My faith in God is my super power.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I have learned that all of the contestants have something amazing to share.

Describe yourself in one word.  Loving is one word to describe me.

A Fun Family Fact? One fun fact about my family is that we enjoy comparing the taste of generic brands of microwave popcorn.

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.

I am thrilled to be featured on this website as a contestant in the Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen Pageant. This honor speaks well of my love for pageantry and my desire to earn money for college. I am currently a student at Germantown High School where my amazing class of 2019 voted me to represent them for homecoming court 2016.  I will always cherish their support.  After high school, I plan to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.  I am also interested in becoming an attorney.  I am undecided about the college or university I want to attend, but I enjoy visiting and reading about campuses.

I do not have a favorite color, but shades of red, blue and green catch my eye.  My favorite movie is “The Intern,” because of the many life lessons displayed.  Spaghetti and tilapia are my favorite foods.  I love open-toed shoes and dislike flying bugs. One crazy fact about my family is that we like to compare the taste of generic brands of microwaveable popcorn.

I think little kids are adorable. I am a volunteer at Bethlehem Center, a non-profit daycare for families with low-income.  I am a member of the choir and youth group at my church.  I believe God has a wonderful plan for me and this keeps me excited about life!

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.

 I am honored to present my platform—Social Media Accountability.

According to the website, Statista, 78 percent of U.S. Americans had a social media profile in 2016.  That percentage includes me.  I truly appreciate the value in social media as people all over the world are informed and inspired by positive social media posts.   At the same time, negative posts do great harm.  Often we hear and read about instances of bullying, crimes and destructive comments that point back to careless social media users.  I chose social media accountability as my platform after someone began making negative comments towards me on one of my social media pages.  I blocked this person after having a great conversation with my mother about the importance of youth and adults being responsible for what they post.

The purpose of my platform is to urge people to think twice before posting negative comments and images on social media.  I will encourage more discussions on the topic as I am meeting people throughout Mississippi and beyond.  I am asking people to support my platform by using the label #GoodPostMS in their social media posts.  My goal is to see the hashtag used at least 2,017 times.  (The target number is symbolic of the year of my reign.)  With the help ofgood social media users, I can achieve my goal of bringing awareness to social media accountability.