Miss Dixie’s Outstanding Teen
Hometown: Madison, MS
Hobbies: Playing guitar, crafting, tennis, basketball, running, cheerleading
School: Madison Central High School
Scholastic Ambition: Complete both a bachelor and master’s degree of art in business administration
Scholastic Honors: Madison Station gifted program; Madison Middle accelerated studies, Madison Station 1st – 6th grade honor roll; Nominated for a National Youth Council Correspondent at the Washington Journalism & Media Conference 2015& 2016; Holmes Community College Dual Enrollment
Platform: KidsCAN – Cancer Action Network
What makes you special and unique? I believe I am special and unique simply because I am one of God’s creations. However, my adventurous spirit might make me standout in a crowd.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People may not realize that I have been the youngest American Cancer Society Relay for Life team captain in the metro-Jackson area for five years.
Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I have ever received is from my mother. She has always said “let your light shine”, so that everyone will know by my actions that I am a Christian, and they will never have to guess, and they too will want to experience the joy that I have known by having the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
What can’t you live without? I absolutely cannot live without my cell phone.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasures are Little Debbie snack cakes. I love them all, but especially cosmic brownies, honeybuns, and oatmeal creme pies.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is comedy because I always love a good laugh.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see myself working for a NCAA Division I or professional sports program.
Most valuable lesson learned? The most valuable lesson that I have learned is that there is no substitute for hard work. You never get anywhere by simply dreaming of success.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model other than my mother is one of my best friends. She is an incredible Christian that always sets a good example for others, always shows true caring for other people and always has a positive attitude.
What motivates you? I do not like to fail; therefore, I always work hard at whatever task is in front of me.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest non-academic accomplishment is being nominated by my cheerleading squad and being selected as a UCA All-American for two years in a row.
Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment I have ever received was from a referee after a basketball game. He told me I was the type of player he liked to watch because I always hustled and I never quit.
Secret wish or dream? My secret wish is to become a famous Broadway entertainer after I have retired from the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? All of my embarrassing moments revolve around clothing malfunctions such as losing my bathing suite in the wave pool, ripping a hole in my pants on a school field trip, or having my tutu fall to my knees during a dance recital.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? This is a difficult question because I have always been the type of person that is willing to try anything.
What is your super power? My super power is that I am a baby whisperer because it seems that kids love me and I usually have a calming effect on them.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? By being in the Miss Mississippi Program, I have learned that confidence is key. However, I have also learned that you cannot take yourself too seriously and you must simply enjoy the ride.
Describe yourself in one word. Adventurous
A Fun Family Fact? Even though I am an only child, I am the oldest grandchild and also the youngest grandchild. That is because on my mom’s side of the family I am the oldest grandchild and on my dad’s side of the family I am the youngest grandchild. Nothing like being stuck in the middle.
Please write a short essay describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are.
Being only 17 years old, I know that I have so much more in life to experience. However, God has blessed me with an adventurous spirit, so I am always willing to try new and different things. One of my favorite quotes is “Life is about using all of the crayons in the box.” In fact, I enjoy living outside of my comfort zone. I also have a very competitive nature. I love competing in team and individual sports such as basketball, cheerleading and tennis. However, it is not always about winning. Sometimes I just play for the love of the game.
The three most important things in my life are faith, family, and friends. I believe with God all things are possible. He has truly blessed me with a group of wonderful, loving and supportive family and friends.In my spare time, I enjoy teaching myself how to play the guitar and spending time with friends.
Please write a short essay explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject.
As an American Cancer Society Relay for Life volunteer since the age of nine, I have seen firsthand the impact that cancer can have on individuals, families and communities. I have also seen the importance of fighting back against this dreadful disease. Therefore, I formed my own RFL team. Each year I recruit family and friends to be part of my team. Over the past eightyears, I have participated in 12 Relays in three different cities; and my award winning RFL team has raised over $10,000 in the fight against cancer.
I have expanded my work in the fight against cancer by creating KidsCAN (Kids Cancer Action Network) as a means to help children and families start at an early age on a lifelong path to healthier living and educate them on how to reduce the chances of getting cancer through physical activity, good nutrition, sun safety, and tobacco prevention. KidsCAN teaches young people the importance of community service by personal involvement and fundraising for the fight against cancer. With KidsCAN, I will be meeting with local schools to not only establish theirown Relay Recess to raise funds for ACS, but to provide the stage for empowering future generations. I will be mentoring student leaders to become KidsCAN Commanders and to take charge of their own lifestyle and encourage others about healthy living.Using my love for graphic design, I am also in the process of creating a KidsCAN Commander coloring book as a means to educate children about the four components of healthy living and to raise funds for ACS.