Tori Ross

Miss Vicksburg
Hometown: Vicksburg, MS
Platform: Happy Hearts
Talent: Singing
Hobbies: Singing, cooking, dancing, hunting, painting, fishing, and volunteering
School: Warren Central High School
Scholastic Ambition: My scholastic ambition is to graduate from high school and attend a 4 year university majoring in developmental disability nursing
Scholastic Honors: Honor Roll, Honor Society, Honors English, and Honors History, Student Council, Red Chord, Madrigals, and Sextet
What makes you special and unique? I am unique and special because I have a very strong faith at such a young age
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? When people first meet me they may not realize how genuinely caring I am for ALL types of people
Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I have ever received is to remain strong and be myself. Whenever times get tough or I’m being pressured, I can always stay strong and remember who I am and what I stand for
What can’t you live without? I could not live without my mom, my sister, or my best friend. My mom’s advice, my sister’s jokes, and my best friend’s spirit bring me through the worst days and make my best days better
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure lies in my love for chocolate. Lindor Truffles are my weakness
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is romantic comedies because I love laughing at the characters as they fall in love and I fall in love with their story
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I hope to be continuing with the same career in developmental disability nursing, or going back to school to further my knowledge with another degree
Most valuable lesson learned? The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s only so much I can do when it comes to helping others. The thing I cannot do, I cannot stress or worry over. I must simply have faith and put situations in God’s hands
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? Other than my mother, my most valued role model is my sister. My sister is only seven, yet she has so many characteristics we forget as we grow and face new things. My sister always remains to keep her confidence high no matter what happens. My sister also finds joy in the simplest things, which I believe is the key to her light hearted happiness
What motivates you? I am motivated by my ambition to make a difference in the world and in other’s lives is what motivates me to always push forward and better myself
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest accomplishment occurred in the sixth grade with the Lighthouse Award. This award is given to the student who lights the way for others and helps anyone who needs them
Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment I’ve ever received was given to me when I was simply speaking with someone about being in this pageant. They told me I was the most incredible teenager they had ever met
Secret wish or dream? My secret dream is to travel the world and to be able to speak the languages of the people I meet
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? The most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to me was in my tenth grade Beauty and Beau Pageant. I turned right whenever the emcee said left. I didn’t just turn, I stayed facing the wrong way while the whole audience laughed
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I’d like to try playing soccer or basketball because I’m not an aggressive or competitive person. It would be a completely different ball game
What is your super power? My superpower, if I had one, would be to boost others confidence and put others in a good mood just by looking at them
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? The most important thing I’ve learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program is living your life being a role model isn’t just important the year of your reign, but is important before and after you’re crowned. We should always live to be an example to others
Describe yourself in one wordA Fun Family Fact? Something funny about my family is my step dad’s nicknames to everyone. When I was little my name was Shrimp, and at six I graduated to worm
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
I am an eleventh grader at Warren Central High School where I sing, dance, act, and write for the school newspaper. I love giving back to my community. You can usually find me at shelters, nursing homes, or the local food pantry. My volunteer work seems to go hand in hand with school organizations. Many groups such as Red Chord, Honor Society, and Key Club recognize community outreach.I have three amazing families. My immediate family is my backbone. Every person in my family not only has a different story, but different things to teach me as well. My work family inspires me with their love for all people and shows me every day how we can let our light shine to everyone. My last family is my church family. They’ve raised me and taught me everything I know about the Bible and God’s love. These three groups of people are the closest and most important people in my life.My scholastic accomplishments, volunteer history, and family’s love have molded my idea of what I want my future to hold. I hope to continue with AP and accelerated classes as I graduate and attend Delta State University. I hope to always volunteer, whether it be in college or when I’m an adult and have a family of my own. When I’m an adult and graduated from college I hope to be a developmental disability nurse which is a nurse that helps people with special needs of all ages
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
I created my platform “Happy Hearts” to inform elementary school children of cardiovascular disease and its effects. I chose this platform in honor of my grandmother. I never knew what cardiovascular disease was or how it could affect a person and their family. If the youth of my town or my state doesn’t know about a disease; how can we expect to lessen their chances unless we teach them? I hope with my program children learn simple things they can do throughout their lives to take precautions.My grandmother has seemed to live without any health problems. One Saturday morning she called my mom complaining of chest pain. After an entire day at the hospital and a helicopter ride to Jackson we discover she had blocking in all four arteries. She had a quadruple bypass and few complications. The hospital stay lasted two weeks and another four weeks of her living with my family. I’ll never forget the fear in my heart for what would be the outcome of her heart attack. My passion for my platform lies in the hope for others to realize how important it is to take care of their hearts