Rachel Canup

Miss Amory Outstanding Teen

Hometown: Fulton, MS

Hobbies: Photography, traveling, wakeboarding, running, journaling, attending basketball and baseball games

School: Itawamba Agricultural High School

Scholastic Ambition: To pursue a Doctorate Degree in pediatric physical therapy

Scholastic Honors: Itawamba Attendance Gifted Program Grades 1-5; Indian Pride Award; Special Honors; Mirror Yearbook Staff; Accelerated English and Science, HOBY alternate

Talent: Dance

Platform:  Defeating Childhood Obesity

What makes you special and unique? I never meet a stranger. I can socialize with people from ages 1 to 100 years old about any subject.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? They may not realize that dancing is a big part of my life. It strengthens me physically and emotionally. It is a stress reliever and makes me feel like I’m on top of the world.

Best advice you have ever received? My 4th grade teacher taught me from a young age to not count the days, but make the days count.

What can’t you live without? Except for the obvious, which is my bible and Sonic runs with my best friend, it would definitely have to be my dog Bryce.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Waffles and peanut butter without a doubt in the world

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Fairytales, because they show you if you strive to work hard and set goals for your life, you will exceed in them and make your dreams come true.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? I envision myself traveling on mission trips with my church family, obtaining my degree in pediatric physical therapy, and finding a loving Christian man to marry and start a family while living life to the fullest!

Most valuable lesson learned? In the generation I’m growing in, I’ve learned from my dad to be a leader instead of a follower. You have to be strong for the weak and hold on to your moral values.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model would be Michelle Obama. She is a strong, independent woman who is incorporated with my platform living a healthy lifestyle and teaching kids the importance of it.

What motivates you? I have standards and goals for my life I plan on accomplishing. I aim to reach these standards every day, getting closer and closer to the goal of becoming the woman I am meant to be.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Being voted Who’s Who Cutest, Most Courteous, and Friendliest by my classmates has been a huge honor.

Best compliment you have ever received? My heart melts whenever a mother tells me they would love for their child to grow up like me with a positive attitude and a hard working mind.

Secret wish or dream? My familyand I are huge Ole Miss football fans. I grew up watching the Ole Miss Rebelettes, so it has always been a dream of mine to be able to dance, cheer, and yell “Hotty Toddy” on the sidelines for my favorite team.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? When I was a 4th grader, my friend and I made a deal. She would give me a fruit roll up if I danced with the school janitor. My teacher called in the janitor and we danced in front of my entire grade. It is a memory I will never forget.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you?  It would be adventurous to go cage diving with sharks.

What is your super power? I am a kid magnet! If there is a child in the room, we usually end up together having fun one way or another.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I have come to realize that any person has the potential to make a positive difference in their life, town, state, country, and ultimately the world by caring and serving.  The Miss Mississippi Program has taught me the importance of persistence, organization, and becoming involved with others within various communities. I have learned to strive and thrive to reach my goals and dreams as well as realize the uniqueness and diversity of all individuals.

Describe yourself in one word.  “Optimistic”

A Fun Family Fact? My family enjoys sharing the high points and low points of the day’s activities. When we as a family sit at the dinner table we each discuss our “high” of the day and “low” of the day.

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.

My name is Rachel Canupand I am 15 years old. At Itawamba Agricultural High School, I am involved with Student Council, Yearbook staff, cheerleading, Class Representative, AnchorClub for 3 years, and FCA. Other than school activities, I have a huge passion for dance.  It is my stress reliever that helps me overcome any obstacle in life. I have enjoyed expressing myselfand developing the skills of this art for the past 12 years of my life. Every opportunity I have performing on or off stage is a blessing from God. My church is also a large part of my life. I found my love to spread Jesus from a young age. I envision myself traveling around the world living life to the fullest. My church also helped me find my love for children from an early start in life. Caring for the young kids, as a nursery worker has helped me realize how much of an impact and role model I am.  You never know who is looking up to you, so always be the best you can be!

S.P.A.R.K.

I have chosen a platform that is very appropriate for our modern day society. S.P.A.R.K. (Sports, Play, and Active, Recreational Kids) is a research based organization that extends available programs to schools that provides curriculum and training to teachers and youth.I volunteer at Health Works, as well as festivals and am a sponsor for Boerner Be Wild, a family fitness challenge in Tupelo. I enjoy speaking to the elementary age students, and also different church youth groups.

How young people perceive themselves determines their outlook on life along with their extent of self confidence.  If they recognize that they are obese, it could naturally decrease their self esteem and potentially may cause depression.  This will affect their school performance, demeanor, socialization, and a variety of physical abilities.

Obesity is the root cause of many health conditions such as bone/joint problems, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis and several types of cancer that are preventable.  Teaching our children to become physically active is a significant step toward stopping the adverse consequences of sedentary lifestyles such as idle excessive use of television or mobile devices that triggers obesity.