Miss Heart of the South
Hometown: Clinton, MS
Platform: Water Safety and Drowning Prevention
Talent: Vocal Performance
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? The University of Southern Mississippi
What is your major? Business Administration
What is your scholastic ambition? After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree from USM, I plan to obtain a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
List scholastic honors: I was a member of the National Honor Society, graduating with honors in 2015. I was an AP scholar in high school and earned college credits in Algebra & English as a senior in high school.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: I completed my Lifeguard Certification and also my CPR certification.
What is your favorite style of music? Any type of music that is upbeat and makes me feel happy.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is Comedy, because laughing makes me feel relaxed and in a good mood.
What is your favorite gadget? My digital, single-lens reflex camera
What is your favorite blog? Sincerely, Jules
What is your favorite place to visit? Los Angeles, CA or Austin, TX
What is your favorite food? Mexican food and queso
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? I would want to have “The Hunger Games”, so I could possibly learn some new survival skills and figure out how to get off the island.
Do you twitter? Not currently
What is your favorite?
Sport: Tennis Sports Team: New Orleans Saints
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio Actress: Katherine Heigl
Television Program: Parenthood
Wardrobe Accessory: My Fitbit
Thing to do on a weekend: I prefer to hang out with my friends and family
Way to spend a day off: I enjoy working out at the gym, or jogging on the Longleaf Trace in Hattiesburg, by USM.
What is your hometown like? My hometown is the ideal place to raise a family. The people are friendly and the schools are A+ top rated in Mississippi. The town is clean and inviting, with a lot of history. My hometown is still small enough to run into people you know quite often.
What were you like when you were a child? Very inquisitive and creative. My childhood was a wonderful time and I loved being involved in sports and dance. I had lots of friends.
Who is the most influential person in your life? My high school show choir director, David Fehr, has been the most influential person in my life at this point. His dedication, discipline and hard work are the reasons why Clinton, Mississippi is home to the number one show choir in the Nation. I was fortunate to be a part of Attache’ show choir and learned responsibility, discipline, what it takes to be consistent and be a true competitor. He helped develop my singing voice and perfect my dance skills, while teaching me what it means to be strong and confident and represent my school, town and state well.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People may not immediately realize how funny and out-going I am. I am full of life and as people get to know me, they realize that I like having fun and making others laugh.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: A defining moment in my life was teaching my first swim lesson. I had the opportunity to teach a child a life skill that could potentially, save his life. For me, that was an astonishing and defining moment in my life.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? Being a part of the Miss America Program has taught me valuable networking & communication skills. I can speak comfortably in front of an audience about many subjects. This organization has contributed to the young woman I am today, and has provided me with an immense amount of self-confidence and poise.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? If crowned Miss Mississippi, I hope to inspire and empower young women and girls of all ages, to strive to be anything they choose and set their goals high. I want to do away with any negative stereotypes that exist about pageants. Most importantly, I plan to promote my platform on Water Safety and Drowning Prevention on a much larger scale, and ultimately, to make a difference for our great state of Mississippi.
What is your secret wish or dream? My secret wish or dream is to be remembered for helping someone by performing a heroic act. I have a brave soul and would love to use my courage in this way.
I’m motivated by: I am self-motivated by my own ambitions and desires. I always have room to grow and improve, but I am motivated to be my best self.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Yes, on my first day of work as a lifeguard, there was an adolescent boy who jumped into the deep end of the pool and sank to the bottom. He had to be rescued by another teen lifeguard and myself. We had to act quickly because he was unconscious and had taken in a lot of water, so we called 911 while performing CPR. Paramedics arrived to take him to the hospital and he survived, but this near death experience made me realize how important my job was and how imperative it is that people be educated on water safety and to the importance of children learning how to swim.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? Obtaining my lifeguard and CPR certification has honestly, been the most important event in my lifetime. It has opened many doors for me, and has provided me with the opportunity to help others, and ultimately save lives and/or prevent injuries and accidents, in and around water.
The one thing I can’t live without: I cannot live without my health. Nothing is more important than taking care of the body that God has given you. I try to live each day to the fullest and that cannot be done if you don’t maintain your health.
My best friend would describe me as: Someone you have to get to know to fully understand how funny and out-going I am. My best friend would describe me as loving, active and carefree, loyal and non-controversial.
Something interesting about my family: My brother, Matthew, my sister, Lindy, and I all have birthdays in August that are each 4 days apart. We all graduated from Clinton High School and attended/attend the University of Southern Mississippi. We all 3 sing and were all in AttacheShowchoir at Clinton High School.
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: in my first track met, while running the 2 mile relay, I was over a lap ahead of a runner. As I was heading toward the finish line, I heard everyone screaming my name at what I thought was cheering for me and the win, only to discover that they were all yelling because the lagging runner was gaining on me, coming from that far behind and about to pass me. She beat me while I was smiling thinking everyone was cheering and yelling “Go Regan.” They had actually been warning me that she was kicking it in gear.
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I’d love to try exotic foods. Although I like fruits, vegetables and a variety of foods, I am rather picky when it comes to foods other than what I am used to here in the US.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: Not now, but I had a Yorkie dog named, Phoebe, that we owned for 15 years before she passed away. My parents bought her before I was ever born.