Sarah Beth Tidwell

Red Carpet City’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown:    Oxford, MS

Hobbies:        Competitive Dance, SEC football, church youth activities, volunteering through my local chapter of Crown Club and other organizations within Lafayette County

School:           Lafayette High School

Scholastic Ambition: To attend the University of Mississippi and major in pharmacy.

Scholastic Honors: Selected into the 2016 Oxford and Lafayette Junior Leadership Program, Beta Club, Anchor Club, Member of the Yearbook Staff, Student Council Sophomore representative – campaigned and voted on by my classmates, Honor Roll, History Award – this was given to the student with the highest average, enrolled in AP classes, and won the Athletic Award.

Talent:            Tap Dance

Platform:        Crushing Caffeine:  educating teens on the dangers of caffeine overdose

What makes you special and unique? One feature that makes me special and unique is my eyes.  I am told daily by people that they have never seen eyes that are my color before.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? Most people think that I am an only child, but I actually have an older brother and a sister.  I am very excited that I became an Aunt this past April.

Best advice you have ever received? The best advice that I have ever received was from my Grandmother, Mimi.  She always tells me that anything worth doing is worth doing right the first time.

What can’t you live without? My Bible.  Before my God-Grandmother passed away, she had a little red Bible that she kept for as long as I can remember.  I strive to be like her every day and I want my Bible to be passed down for generations to come just like hers.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Without a doubt – white chocolate Oreo balls.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite genre is a classic romantic comedy.  I love a good laugh.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I see myself having completed a degree in Pharmaceuticals.

Most valuable lesson learned? Throughout my life I have learned many life lessons.  One that I value the most would be to live everyday like it’s you last; never take for granted the time you get to spend with your loved ones because you never know when you will not get the opportunity again.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model would be my Grandmother, Mimi.  She has a kind heart and a mindset to always put everyone else before herself.  She is a caregiver by nature.  I could never thank her enough for everything she has done for me.

What motivates you? Other people motivate me.  For example, after watching the Miss America pageant over and over through the years, it motivates me to keep chasing my dreams to one day wear that crown with great honor.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest non-academic accomplishment would be winning at dance competitions.  I have been a dancer since age 2 and winning my first solo top score trophy was a feeling like one that I will never forget.

Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment I have ever received was when I participated in my hometown Christmas parade.  I was riding along and a little girl looked at me and yelled, “Look Mommy, its Miss America.”  Her mother did correct her, however, I knew in that moment that little girl looked up to me.  I felt so good to be positive role model to her just like the former crown holders were to me.

Secret wish or dream? Well, if I told it wouldn’t be a secret.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?  I was cheering at an eighth grade football game when I realized that I forgot to put on my bloomers.  Thank goodness I had not stunted yet!

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? The art of Meditation.  This would completely be out of character for me because I’m such a busy body that I would never be able to sit still long enough.  However, the calmness that surrounds this art does intrigue me.

What is your super power? To alter people’s hearing.  My parents tell me that when I’m around I talk most people’s ears off.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? Through the Miss Mississippi program, I have learned the four points of the crown; style, service, success and scholarship.  These four qualities motivate me to be the very best person I can be; not only in the pageant world, but through all aspects of my life as well.

Describe yourself in one word. Electric

A Fun Family Fact? We pick one evening every week that we are all home together.  That night is either movie night or family game night.  Our favorite is Shrek.  We love to make our favorite junk foods and spend time together.

Please write a short essay describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are.

 Once upon a time, there was a big-eyed, prissy girl named Sarah Beth.  Her mother always wondered if her little girl would ever grow into her eyes.  While she was growing and learning, her mother found out very quickly that she had a born leader on her hands.  She often thought that one day little Sarah Beth would grow up and be a dictator of a small country.  Sarah Beth loved to be the boss.  One day, while at pre-school, at the age of 4, she lines all of her classmates up in a row on the floor.  Very sternly, she told them, “If you don’t find something to do, I will find something for you to do.”  Her teacher returned to the room to witness her little class sitting very quietly on the floor.  Needless to say, Sarah Beth was the proud winner of a note sent home to her parents.

As Sarah Beth grew into her features a little more, she discovered that she had happy feet.  Her mother, in an attempt to control the now very hyper Sarah Beth enrolled her in dance class.  Sarah Beth did very well in dance and began to love the performing arts.  One of her best memories was when she had the opportunity to participate as a Magnolia Princess for 4 years and dance on the Miss Mississippi stage.  At this point in time, Sarah Beth’s love of the attention and love of the stage began a whirlwind of desires and dreams to one day return to the stage.

As Sarah Beth’s eyes were not so big now, but her dreams were huge.  She continued to work hard in dance, school and many activities.  She was able to dance on a cruise ship with the entertainment crew, attend Broadway Dance Academy in New York and perform on stage with her idol, Katherine McCormick.  Then one day, another dream came true, she was given the opportunity again to return to the Miss Mississippi stage.  She held that honor very dear to her heart and took in the entire experience with great thanks and gratitude.

Please write a short essay explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject.

 I am very passionate about my platform called Crushing Caffeine.  My goal is to raise awareness and help teens learn about the dangers of caffeine overdose.  My passion began when I learned of a 17 year old boy, from a neighboring county, who died due to excessive amounts of caffeine.  The boy’s name was Noah.

Noah Smith was a 17 year old boy from Water Valley.  He was working at the local Piggly Wiggly after school most days.  He also was involved in several school activities and with work and school; he was tired on this particular day.  While at work, he told his co-workers that he was going to take 2 caffeine pills.  No one really thought about it.  A couple of hours later, he was on the phone with his girlfriend and told her he was not feeling well.  He did end that call and called his father to let him know that he did not feel good and felt that he needed to go to the emergency room.  His mother was at home and already asleep.  Noah did not want to wake her up.  While he was on the phone with his dad, Noah collapsed.  His little sister did find him and Noah was not breathing.  Emergency services did respond and Noah was in full cardiac arrest.  He did not survive.  Later, it was found out that his death was due to the excessive amounts of caffeine in his body.

This is just one example of many cases similar to this one.  Noah’s Mother is now working to have a bill, Noah’s Bill, passed that will prohibit the sale of any caffeine energy drinks or pills to minors.  Hopefully, soon Noah’s law will be approved through the House of Representatives and the State Senate.  I have been to more than several neighboring counties speaking at Supervisor and Alderman Meetings to get the law passed in those counties alone.  Hopefully, we will be able to return to Jackson this year and make this bill a Law throughout the whole state of Mississippi.  I am asking to please be aware of the dangers of high doses of caffeine, especially in kids.  There were roughly 1,500 kids under the age of 10 that were treated in emergency departments in our state due to caffeine overdoses.