Ryone Jamil Thompson

Miss Hattiesburg
Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS
Platform: ADHD Awareness
Talent: Dramatic Interpretation
Hobbies: Speech and Debate and giving back to the community through mentoring
School: Oak Grove High School
Scholastic Ambition: To become a national news broadcaster
Scholastic Honors: A/B Honor roll, Chemistry and History award
What makes you special and unique? What makes me special and unique is that I don’t do this for recognition, but from my heart and my uniqueness is trying to show people that they are special in their own way. There are no two people identically alike. Each person can succeed in their own aspiration
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People don’t realize that I am really loud. I may appear as a very quiet and shy person because I don’t say much but my voice projects
Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I’ve ever received was from my father. He told me that life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. Knowing that has motivated me to think before reacting and push forward during tough times
What can’t you live without? I can’t live without my cell phone. It helps me to stay connected to my family and friends. I also have all the latest apps which help me to stay connected to the world
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure is my love for food. I tend to eat more when I’m bored instead of hungry which isn’t healthy. However, it has its pros too because I’m always willing to try new foods and my metabolism hasn’t caught up with me yet
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is Action. I love the adrenaline that comes from a movie with a great plot and action packed. There’s nothing like coming home, grabbing a snack, and kicking back to Fast and Furious
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I see me working hard as becoming a National News Anchor. There’s nothing I love more than being in front of the camera and being able to connect to people. This profession will allow me use my speaking skills to tell news all over the world
Most valuable lesson learned? In 2009 my younger brother was diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes and he never lets it stop him from living life. He always sees the brighter sides of things and treats the disease as if it were a paper cut on his finger. He is truly my motivation to always push forward in life and never let anything stop me from being happy. He knows how to be tough in tough times and that’s what inspires me
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My role model is without a doubt Robin Roberts. She’s from the great Magnolia state so what’s not to love about her? She’s a National News Anchor for Good Morning America and that’s what I aspire to be. She also recently came out about her sexuality and that in itself shows how brave she is. It takes a lot of courage to stand up for what you strongly believe in and that’s only one of the things I love the most about her
What motivates you? A challenge motivates me! Anything worth having is definitely worth striving for. My desire to follow my dream to become a National News Anchor is definitely a challenge due to the hundreds of young people who have the same dream. However, improving my abilities to use my voice as a tool to share news is something that comes with practice and plenty of challenges. I am up for that challenge
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest non-academic accomplishment is when I won the title of National American Miss Mississippi’s Pre-Teen 2011. It was my first time doing pageantry and I had no idea of what to expect. On the first day as soon as I walked in the door it was such a warm and welcoming environment. Not only did I have the opportunity to represent Mississippi at nationals but I was able to connect with the other state queens from all over the country and we built so many strong friendships along the way that I will never forget. It was truly an incredible experience
Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment I have ever received is that I have a kind and sweet spirit. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always wanted to be able to put a smile on the face of others and hearing that made me feel like I had already accomplished a lot so far. Others happiness is my reward and the fact that I’m able to make others happy puts joy in my heart
Secret wish or dream? My secret wish or dream is that no one in the world will ever go hungry. It is an awful fact to accept that the world has been very busy in its luxurious living while hundreds and thousands of people go hungry each day
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? My funniest moment is falling in the snow flat on my face. I was in a rush to catch the school bus and it had been snowing the previous night so the ground was covered with snow. As I was walking out of the door and stepping off of the last step I slipped and fell on flat on my face in front of my mom, brother, and classmate who was my neighbor
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? One thing that I’d like to try that is out of character for me is jet-skiing. I want to feel the adrenaline that comes from the speed, wind, and water mist splashing in my face. It’s ironic because I’m highly afraid of deep water. It looks so much fun and I’m a very spontaneous person willing to try new things
What is your super power? My super power is Perseverance! When I was 5 years old my parents divorced and I thought it was my fault; blaming it all on myself. As I grew older and they helped me to understand the fact that they had to separate and live different lives, I then realized that I had to push forward and be tough and tough times. I have built a tougher skin for myself since then
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? One thing that I have learned from the Miss Mississippi pageants is that a crown and a banner do not define who I am or my purpose in the world
Describe yourself in one word. DEDICATED
A Fun Family Fact? My entire family and I have all been to over 30 states together
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 Ryone Thompson and I am currently a junior at Oak Grove High School where I am a part of the debate team. I am also a member of the Ivy Pearls of Hattiesburg. My accomplishments include; Miss Mississippi’s Pre-Teen Queen 2011 and 1st runner up in the National American Miss Pageant Competition. I also had the honor of representing Mississippi as National American Miss Top Model in Anaheim, California. Friends describe me as caring, a good listener and fun to hang around. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and trying new things. I also like to try different foods that I don’t have to cook myself. Above all I like being behind a microphone and entertaining others with my vocals. Because of my dynamic speaking abilities, I was given the opportunity to host a collegiate pageant at the University of Southern Mississippi. After graduating High School, I would like to attend the University of Mississippi to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and someday become a National News Anchor. I strive to be a positive example for younger children and give back to the community by speaking to parents, children, and school faculty about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and mentoring to those who are less fortunate. When I am faced with a difficult time I remember what my father once told me, Life is 10% percent of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it
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
My platform is called “Searching for That Green Light”. The green light is a disciplinary procedure used in most elementary schools to control inappropriate behaviors of children. If a child has a good day with appropriate behavior they would receive a green light and if a child didn’t they would receive a yellow or red light, depending on how bad their day was. With that being said I would rarely get a “Green Light” due to my talking and impulsive moving. Not only was this discouraging as a child, it lowered my self-esteem. My parents thought that I could control my behaviors on my own and I often got in trouble for not bringing home a “Green Light”. The purpose of my platform is to make teachers, parents, and students more aware of what Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is, the symptoms of it, and how to work with a child with the disorder. Spending my first few years in school being unaware of the reason for my lack of concentration, I was eventually diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive disorder, also known as ADHD.
After being on medication and making a few modifications in my instructional day, the drastic change that it made in my life made me have a deep passion for this disorder. I also realize that if my parents wouldn’t have been so frightened at the thought of ADHD, they would have reached out for help earlier. Making adults aware of the symptoms of ADHD will motivate parents to get help for their children sooner. Also, I hope to make parents and children more comfortable when seeking help and assure other children that it’s ok and manageable. I hope to share my knowledge on the disorder by speaking at schools and churches