Miss Red Carpet City
Hometown: Amory, MS
Platform: P.E.A.C.E. Daily (Physical Exercise And Careful Eating)
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Mississippi State University
What is your major? Masters of Nutrition and Health Promotion
What is your scholastic ambition? I will continue my education by earning a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion.
List scholastic honors: Phi Theta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, Academic & Leadership Scholarships, Indian Delegate (Recruiting team), Associates Degree & Honors Graduate at ICC, Special Honors Graduate-Amory High School, Magna Cum Laude.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: My greatest non-academic accomplishment is most definitely my children’s book,” P.E.A.C.E. for Pandas” which I’ve written. It’s a true story centered around my platform about my parents, my brother and me. I have thoroughly enjoyed promoting my book. It can currently be found all over the United States, in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Canada.
What is your favorite style of music? I love any and all 60’s type music! However, FrankiValli and The Four Seasons is my all-time favorite. I have seen his musical (Jersey Boys) four times and even FrankiValli himself in person. It was incredible!
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I have an innate desire to make people laugh. I love to laugh myself so I don’t think you can beat a good comedy.
What is your favorite gadget? Last Christmas my dad gave me a watch that shows how many miles I walk in one day, how many calories I’ve burned, and how many steps I’ve taken. It has made my life so much simpler, and I haven’t taken it off since.
What is your favorite blog? I currently have my own blog! Check out #MotivationalMonday, #TipTuesday, #WorkoutWednesday, #ThankfulThursday, and #FitFriday.
What is your favorite place to visit? Oh I am a beach girl all the way. No one can argue with warm weather, music playing and sand between your toes kind of day.
What is your favorite food? A good sushi roll is my guilty pleasure. I actually just had some for dinner.
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? A book on how to survive on a deserted island.
Do you twitter? I actually do. It’s a great source of learning news and expressing thoughts without getting too specific. I think it’s made our generation more clever. Follow me!!
What is your favorite?
Sport: Baseball Sports Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Actor: Denzel Washington Actress: Reese Witherspoon
Television Program: Golden Girls. I think I’ve seen every episode.
Wardrobe Accessory: Well, it depends on the season. In the winter, a scarf is definitely necessary. In the summer I love to wear big floppy hats.
Thing to do on a weekend: My weekends consist mostly of working at our family’s restaurant, spending time with friends, and attending church.
Way to spend a day off: Relaxing and not having to worry about my to-do list is a good day off.
What is your hometown like? My hometown is full of countless people who continually give back to their community. Amory is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
What were you like when you were a child? I wasn’t a “girlie girl.” I loved playing outside, riding my bike and four-wheelers, catching frogs, and taking care of any kind of animal.
Who is the most influential person in your life? My older brother, Trent, is the most influential person in my life. I have a lot of respect for him, and he has helped me learn many lessons in different stages of my life.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People may not immediately realize my hard work ethic. Balancing school, three part-time jobs, and preparing for Miss Mississippi keep me busy, but I enjoy every minute of it.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:Moving to Mississippi State University was a defining moment in my life because I matured and grew as a person. It was the first time I was really on my own, and I could appreciate being independent and self-reliant.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? By being involved in the Miss America Program, I have learned my strengths as an individual. I have learned how far I can be pushed, I have discovered hidden talents, and my communication skills have definitely improved. The doors that have been opened to me as a local title holder have been countless. I believe the Miss America Program has made me a better person.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I would love to see the state of Mississippi transition from being the most obese state in the nation to a healthier one as I promote my platform. Also, serving the people of this great state would be an honor.
What is your secret wish or dream? In my lifetime I would like to somehow visit every continent.
I’m motivated by: Results. When I see actual results happening, I get excited and want to push myself even harder. Whether I’m talking to a group of young children about healthy eating or speaking at a Rotary club, if just one person seems to get the point I’m trying to convey, then I am motivated to do more and more.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? My father suffered a massive heart attack in 2007. After the doctor and dietician told me I was now at a risk for heart disease, I vowed to make myself, my family and the other people around me healthier individuals.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? The most significant event in my lifetime is when I accepted Jesus Christ as personal savior at the age of seven. From that moment on, I have strived to live more like Him.
The one thing I can’t live without: The outdoors is something I couldn’t live without. I love doing anything outside.
My best friend would describe me as: Rebekah Otey and I have been inseparable since the third grade. Apparently, she describes me as thoughtful, goal-oriented, dependable, bubbly, Godly, determined, adventure-bound, and hilarious.
Something interesting about my family: My family owns a 620 acre farm. Recently when my brother appeared on The Voice in California, a crew came out to film him doing various things on our farm. At the conclusion of the filming one of the crew members compared our farm to that of country singer Tim McGraw. It made my dad’s day!
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: When I was about ten years old, I remember pulling pranks in my family’s restaurant. The funniest one I ever did was probably the fake snake in the ladies’ restroom.
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: Surfing! I would absolutely love to learn how to surf.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: Yes, and my dad would say too many. Ha! Currently, I have a miniature schnauzer that goes everywhere I go. Her name is Rubi. I have a blue healer, Dr. Richard Parker, and a horse, Mr. Whoop Whoop. However, my favorite pet was my miniature pot-bellied pig – Anna Belle.