Hometown: Houston, MS
Platform: Breast Cancer Awareness
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Mississippi State University
What is your major? Communication emphasizing in public relations
What is your scholastic ambition? To obtain a Master’s degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations
List scholastic honors: Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Public Relations Vice President, President’s List, Dean’s List
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Undergoing a preventative double mastectomy. It was the hardest and most painful experience of my life, but I am incredibly proud of myself for overcoming it and staying positive throughout it all.
What is your favorite style of music? My favorite genre of music varies with each song really, but I normally gravitate towards pop and 80’s rock.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Any film made in the 1980’s has a very special place in my heart. Horror, comedy, romance, teen, etc. does not matter. If it is from the 80’s, I will watch it.
What is your favorite gadget? I am completely obsessed with my hot chocolate mug collection. I have a real problem with buying novelty mugs where ever I go. I drink hot chocolate whether it is 85 of 8 degrees outside.
What is your favorite blog? The Molly Effect: a blog written by a cancer survivor named Molly who tells her story and her journey through the disease. It speaks volumes.
What is your favorite place to visit? Anywhere that allows me to feel small such as the mountains, the ocean, the Grand Canyon. When I stand in front of them, I feel small and God feels big.
What is your favorite food? Loaded potato soup in a bread bowl from McAlisters. I eat it as often as I can!
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? I would want my bible, however cliché it sounds. I think if I were stranded on a deserted island, I would need the grace of God to get off!
Do you twitter? I do Twitter.
What is your favorite?
Sport: Football Sports Team: Mississippi State University
Actor: Evan Peters Actress: Wynona Rider
Television Program: New Girl
Wardrobe Accessory: High heels
Thing to do on a weekend: During football season, I attend every home Mississippi State football game, but after football season I love to go bowling or ice skating with my friends.
Way to spend a day off: I love baking white chocolate chip cookies while binge watching Netflix or curling up with my cat Charlie and a good book.
What is your hometown like? My hometown is quite small and quaint, but is most magical at Christmas. Around the holiday season, the town square is covered in giant glittering snowflakes with strings of lights reaching from the top of courthouse to the tops of the trees.
What were you like when you were a child? I did not fight nap time, but I would steal the other children’s french fries when they were not looking and no problem declaring how much I refused to grow up.
Who is the most influential person in your life? My mother is the strongest and most brave person I know. She has taught me more about life and love and strength than I could have ever imagined to know.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I have a very serious side and I’m quite a deep thinker.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: When I was told I had a gene mutation called the BRCA1, I knew my life was going to take a drastic turn. I watched my mother fight breast cancer, and I knew when I was told of my gene, my journey was about to begin.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? I have learned that who I am is more than enough and is worth more than any title I can win on any level. I have a voice and it is powerful and it most certainly deserves to be heard.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I would like to promote my platform of Breast Cancer Awareness and spread the word of early detection as well as hopefully winning the title of Miss America.
What is your secret wish or dream? To portray Ariel the Little Mermaid at Disney World.
I’m motivated by: My fear of failure. Not accomplishing my dreams or reaching my goals terrifies me so much it pushes me to that much further to pursue them.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Breast Cancer runs deeply in the roots of my family affecting most of the woman including both my mother and myself. My personal journey makes me that much more passionate of my platform.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? The legalization of gay marriage is a day both I and this country will never forget. I believe it was a day the world stood still for a moment- but where it was perceived as a good or bad day is dependent upon the person.
The one thing I can’t live without: Bert’s Bees Chapstick
My best friend would describe me as: My best friend Brookelyn would describe me as an energetic, loving individual who always thinks of ways to brighten the lives around her before she thinks of her own. She is a wonderful person herself.
Something interesting about my family: My great, great, grandfather was the sheriff of my hometown.
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: Being the completely ungraceful person I am, I fall quite frequently walking to class across my college campus. One day I took a big tumble and later that day someone recognized me and asked “did I see you rolling around in the grass earlier today?”
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: Playing sports is completely out of character for me, but if I were to play one, I would want to play tennis.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I have 2 chihuahua dogs, Chico and Bonita. I also have three cats named Kitty Kitty, Stray Cat, and Charlie.