Katelyn Perry

Miss New South
Hometown: Gulfport, MS
Platform: Evan’s Hope
Talent: vocal
Hobbies: Singing, Shopping, Community Theatre, Reading, Baking & Community Service
School: Homeschooled
Scholastic Ambition: Business Degree and Pastry School
Scholastic Honors: maintained 4.0, South MS Living magazine’s 2012-13 Overall Scholastic Winner
What makes you special and unique? Something really unique about myself is my ability to find humor and laugh in any situation! I believe that laughter is the best medicine
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? Only standing at 4’11”, people usually assume that I am just a little kid and most people never believe that I am a teenager. Of course this changes once I start talking with them and most are amazed by my big personality, ideas and goals
Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I have ever received is to always be myself and never let anyone’s opinion change who I really am. A quote I really like is, “It is better to be a first class version of yourself then a second class version of someone else.” I try to live by this every day
What can’t you live without? I am not sure that I could live without music. Whether I am singing, dancing or even just relaxing music of all genres is a big part of my life
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? I love frozen yogurt! It is so yummy, refreshing and can be healthy (in moderation of course!). A typical cup of fro-yo for me is classic tart topped with strawberries, blueberries, walnuts and fruity pebbles
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love a good chick-flick! Anything that has a mix of both romance and comedy is good for me
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years, I see myself as the owner of a posh cupcake boutique with the dream of opening up a chain of upscale retail stores. I know that God has a plan for my life and I cannot wait to see it play out
Most valuable lesson learned? My family and I were involved in a very bad car accident a couple of years ago that could have ended very badly. Thankfully we all walked way without any major injuries but that truly taught me to live every day to the fullest and tell the people in your life how you feel about them. No one is guaranteed tomorrow so you have to be thankful for the life you have today
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? For as long as I can remember, I have admired Taylor Swift. Not only is she a fantastic performer but she gives so much back to her fans. In a generation where we are constantly seeing failing morals, she chooses to remain true to herself and her beliefs. This is often reflected in her music with songs that inspire you to embrace who you are
What motivates you? I have so much I want to achieve academically, professionally and in the work I do for my community. Both my faith and family keep me motivated to reach the goals I have set for myself
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Winning “Entertainer of the Year” at a national talent competition against children and adults from across the country was very special. I truly love singing and anytime I win an award and get recognized for that is a great accomplishment! Also being chosen as “South Mississippi Living Magazine’s” “Terrific Teen” for my community service work was an honor…I was the youngest person ever to be featured
Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliments that I receive are ones from parents who say,” I hope my daughter grows up to be just like you.” It is an amazing feeling to know that the work you do for causes you believe in impact people in such a strong way
Secret wish or dream? I would love to be a Disney princess…specifically Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Of all the princesses, I look most like her, we both love to read and she has been my favorite princess since I was a little girl
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? The most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me would have to be 3 years ago at an Outstanding Teen preliminary. While onstage in my pink cocktail dress ready for the opening number, I realized that the hook-n-eye on the back was broken and the zipper was coming un-zipped…very fast! So I had to dance AND introduce myself holding on the top of my dress and side-stepping off stage so the audience didn’t see my backside! Definitely a moment I will never forget
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Being a true “girly girl” I love the comforts of indoor plumbing, electricity, etc. However, I would like to try camping in the outdoors (just for one night) to experience nature, tell ghost stories and maybe even roast marshmallows by the fire
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I have been in various competitions my entire life where they end goal was to win the top prize. Since becoming part of the Miss Mississippi program, I have gained so much more than just a crown. The friendships with girls across our great state, the people I have met through volunteering and the lives I have touched, even in a small way, are what it’s all about
Describe yourself in one word. Determined
Who I am!
I am a 16 year old homeschooled student from Gulfport, MS. My parents are John and Tracy Perry and I am the big “sissy” to McKenzie and Evan. I am often nicknamed “Katy Perry”. My faith in the Lord is what gets me through each and every day. I have a passion for singing and being on stage but I also love to snuggle up with a great book. Actively involved in several local community theatre groups, I have recently landed lead roles in The Little Mermaid, Jr., Legally Blonde, Oliver! and Charlie Brown Christmas as well as being a principle dancer for The Wizard of Oz. l also enjoy shopping, spending time with my friends, home-cooked meals, anything with bling or sparkles, baking, watching my favorite show, Grey’s Anatomy, reading, community service, bubble baths, SHOES, spending time with my family, Pinterest, cheering on the Ole Miss Rebels and traveling. My favorite quote is “Your talent is God’s gift to you, and what you do with it is your gift to Him.” I try to live every single day to the fullest and be the best Katelyn I can be”. I am excited about the upcoming year as an Outstanding Teen titleholder and having the opportunity to meet new people, promoting my platform: “Evan’s Hope” and gaining more pageant sisters at the state competition
About My Platform
My platform, “Evan’s Hope” is the organization I created over 4 years ago when my little brother, Evan was born with respiratory distress. Although he is perfectly healthy now, the days he spent in the NICU receiving specialized care made me aware of how hard it can be for families with children who are hospitalized. I knew immediately that I wanted to do something to make those long days in the hospital a little easier for the children hospitalized. Evan’s Hope collects items such as crayons, coloring books, puzzles, books, etc. and puts together small care packages that are distributed to hospitals around the state for their pediatric units. Since collecting the first items for Evan’s Hope, we have made and delivered over 3000 care packages to hospitals. To help make this possibly, I have organized several online photo contests where the proceeds go to directly to purchasing items. Local businesses, friends, relatives and organizations have also collected items for my cause. Our largest donations come from smaller local pageants where the directors ask contestants to bring items in and the one that brings the most gets crowned “Queen of Hope”. I love getting others involved with a project such as my platform where they can relate to other kids being sick and wanting them to feel better