Shelbi Claire Moore

Miss Heartland’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown:  Brandon, Mississippi

Hobbies:  Singing, Dancing, Acting, vacationing with my family and babysitting

School:  Brandon High School

Scholastic Ambition: to finish top in my class and have my college paid for with scholarships

Scholastic Honors: BMS Hall of Fame, Beta Club, Presidents Award, recognized for scoring high on MCT test, A honor roll,

Talent:  Singing

Platform:  Don’t Look The Other Way: Raising Awareness For Neglected And Abused Children

What makes you special and unique?  This is hard for me to answer because I think everyone is special and unique because we are all God’s children.  I guess if I would have to say what makes me special it would be the heart God has given me.  I have such a strong, genuine and tender love for others and I truly hurt when they hurt.   I want everyone to be happy and treated with love and kindness.  My love for others runs so deep and I give my all.   It literally hurts me to see others hurt and I wish I could do anything to help others and make this world a better place.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?  My love for superheroes!  It’s my weird obsession.  Superman is my favorite!

Best advice you have ever received?  To always be yourself.

What can’t you live without?  I could never live without my family.  I would be lost without them.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?  Carbs

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  Romantic comedies…they always make me laugh and have happy endings.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?  I hope to be teaching 2nd graders in Brandon and leading worship on the weekends.

Most valuable lesson learned?  To always “Be Jesus with Skin on”!  My mama has always taught me to love and care for others the way he did.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?  Carrie Underwood – her influence on her fans by allowing Jesus’ light to shine through her amazing voice.  That’s exactly what I want to be doing one day!!

What motivates you?  My faith, trying to fulfill the Lord’s calling on my life drives me daily!!

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title?  Voted Most Talented in Brandon Middle School’s Who’s Who

Best compliment you have ever received?  My high school youth pastor was introducing me to our new middle school pastor and he said, “This is Shelbi Claire, she has a heart for the Lord…love loves Jesus”

Secret wish or dream?  To become a famous singer

 What is the finniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?  I fell walking UP the stairs in middle school, and everyone saw me.

What is the one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you?  Skydiving – I have a crazy fear of heights but I know it would be so much fun.

What is your super power?  My love for people, it is motivating and helps me conquer everything   thrown my way.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program?  My influence matters!!  There is always someone watching who looks up to you.

Describe yourself in on word.  Nurturing

A fun family fact?  My mama was in a movie with George Clooney

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 things that you would like people to know about you.

 My name is Shelbi Claire Moore. I am a 15 year old, freshman, at Brandon High School. I am in Brio show choir, and I am a part of thespians. I also sing on the praise team at my church, Crossgates Baptist. I am a member of the Beta Club, and I strive to keep my grades at my best.

I absolutely love the Lord, and I would be nowhere without my relationship with him. I accepted Christ on April 20, 2010. Since then, through all the ups and downs, I always find my way back to him. He never leaves. Later, I surrendered to the ministry at collide weekend 2015. I feel like the area God wants me to go into is music ministry. I hope to grow closer to God daily. When the time comes for me to fulfill the Lord’s calling on my life, I want to be ready. I want his love and light to shine through me.

My family and friends are very important to me. I was very blessed to have an amazing family that I am extremely close to. I can go to anyone in my family with anything, and they will help me get through the situation no matter how big or how small. As far as my friends go, I have an amazing group of friends that I’ve been close to for years. We’re always together, and we’re always finding new things to take on together. I am so thankful and lucky to have these people in my life that mean the world to me.

 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.

 Don’t Look The Other Way: Raising Awareness For Neglected and Abused Children

One of the major problems in our country that continues to grow everyday is the abuse and neglect of children. This has always been something crucial for me because of the relation to my own personal experience. Not only did my father walk out on my family after years of mistreatment, but he got a woman pregnant. My little sister was born and for the first years of her life was neglected by both parents. She was taken to and from different foster homes, none of which took care of her. After a long process, my aunt was able to adopt her. That little girl will never know that she is my sister because of the difficult memories it could bring back to the child. I know, first hand, and deal with everyday what it feels like to be left behind, and I want to help children overcome the feeling of being neglected the way I am steadily doing day by day.

Statistics show that many neglected and abused children grow up to be your high school dropouts, school shooters, and bullies. By raising awareness and reaching out, we could put a stop to this vicious cycle. Children are helpless against adults. They have no control. When no one is there to protect them, they have to take everything from their abuser, and there is absolutely nothing their innocent hearts can do. I feel that by reaching out in the community and first hand lifting the spirits of young hearts, we could show the kids that they are loved and not alone.My plans and hopes are to go visit children in different areas all throughout Mississippi. Foster care systems are my biggest concern because that is where most neglected and abused children are. If the MMOTeen Program partnered with somewhere like DHS, for example, we could not only work to find good homes for those children, but hold events throughout the rein of the selected MMOTeen that allows her to interact with those children. Whether it’s giving them a hand to hold, shoulder to cry on, ear to listen, or to just play around and be a friend, MMOTeen could do it while making them feel loved and wanted.

My first instinct in hearing about specific situations of child neglect or abuse is to cry and mourn over the situation until I can go a second without thinking about it. I have shifted my mindset and grown stronger in the fact that something must be done. Even if we can’t change it, we sure can reach out to as many children as possible and make them feel loved and cherished. I want to make other adults and teens in Ms understand how big of a problem it is. I want to pop the bubble people with perfect lives live in and let them know about the issue. I want to give everyone a drive to make a change and spread Christ’s love to these children. After doing this, events will grow and grow and more children will be affected positively because the word is spreading, and people want to take a stand.