Zhariah Hubbard

Miss Leaf River Valley
Hometown: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Platform: Acceptance: No Matter What
Talent: Dance
Hobbies: photography, writing, dancing
School: Hattiesburg High School
Scholastic Ambition: Graduate as Mississippi Scholar, 30 on ACT
Scholastic Honors: A & B Honor Roll
What makes you special and unique? My ability to stay positive and motivated for success regardless of the circumstances makes me special and unique
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People don’t immediately realize that even though I am involved in activities that take a certain level of seriousness. I still have a very fun and down to earth personality
Best advice you have ever received? The best advice that I have ever received was to never give up on my goals and dreams
What can’t you live without? I can’t live without my journal. My journal is my release from stress and the negativity in the world. It is where I go when I can’t say what I am feeling out loud
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure is white chicken chilli. It is the best thing I have ever eaten in my entire life, I am totally addicted
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is musicals, such as Fame, because it is super exciting to watch shows that relate to me
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years, I see myself dancing and acting professionally in New York City
Most valuable lesson learned? My most valuable lesson learned is to never disobey my parents. Everything that they tell me, even when I don’t agree, is only preparing for the real world
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model is Jasmine Murray. She is the most genuine woman that I have ever met. She is the epitome of class and she is beyond talented. She has encouraged me with her positive words and it has really helped me in all aspects of life
What motivates you? All of my life, my mom has made many sacrifices for me to participate in all of my activities that I am involved in. She pushes me to do my best, because she wants me to have a better life than she did, and I can’t disappoint her
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest non-academic achievement would be being named a national semi-finalist at the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in May, 2014
Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment I have ever received was that I am unique, and that I am a beautiful person inside and outside
Secret wish or dream? My secret wish is to dance in concert with Lady Gaga
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I was in the 6th grade and it was really slippery outside from the rain. I was running to the bathroom. When I was ran out of the cafeteria door I slipped in front of all of my classmates
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? One thing I would like to try that is out of my character is Boxing. It would heighten my sense of discipline and make me stronger and fit
What is your super power? My super power is being the Super Advice Giver. Anytime I see someone down or being treated unfairly, I step in to stand up for the victim and help them out. To see their mood change to positive is a great feeling
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? One thing that I have learned from the Miss Mississippi Program is that it is not about who the prettiest girl is. It is about who has the best heart, who will represent our state to the best of their ability, and who is the epitome of strength and empowerment. It is All About U
Describe yourself in one word. Passionate
A Fun Family Fact? My dad, mom, sisters, and I have living room talent shows when they all visit. We use my Speech and Debate trophies as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. My younger sisters really take it
serious too
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
To experience success, one has to be open to familiarizing themselves with the unfamiliar. Living by this standard has created multiple opportunities to showcase my talents. I am a 17-year-old junior at Hattiesburg High School and I am best known for being active in numerous extracurricular activities .I have been dancing at The Dance Place in Hattiesburg, MS for 10 years and I aspire to become a better performer. I devote most of my time to Hattiesburg’s Speech and Debate Team. I won the 2013 MHSAA State Championship in Duet Acting. Being a strong believer in inspiring youth, I partnered with one of my classmates to create the V.E.R.B (Venom Excreted Ruining Behavior) Movement. The purpose of VERB is to provide an outlet that challenges youth to analyze all aspects of life from diverse prospective. In my spare time, I enjoy writing poetry and short narratives encouraging unity amongst all. I am motivated by positive feedback from those in my community and they express that I am influential with my peers. I am confident throughout my pageant experiences because I know that I would be able to use my leadership abilities in order to serve as a memorable MMOT. I credit my commitment to faith for stability as I aim to accomplish what I believe God has planned for my life
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
My life’s platform is entitled All About U: A Mission of Acceptance. My platform demands that we be accountable for personal success and ourselves. In a world filled with biases because of religion, race, sexual preferences, gender, and political differences, I celebrate the beauty in accepting individuals for who and what they are. My childhood leaves me no choice but to hold to that belief. Growing up, I had to fight hard mentally and morally to avoid the pitfalls that stymie many of today’s teenagers from success. I remember so called friends telling me that I was ‘acting white’ for pursuing dance, nerdy for excelling in debate, and just plain dumb for achieving stellar grades. They wanted me to believe that my lot in life was already etched in stone because of my neighborhood and that there was little I could to change their predictions. When my mom was in school, she received on her report card “S” for Satisfactory or “U” for Unsatisfactory in each subject. “U” was bad and “S” was good. In my world I have reversed that. As a teenager, I avoided the 3 S’s that were bad. Number one, sports, there is nothing wrong with athletics but that wasn’t my gift. Number two, streets, I always knew that just hanging out in the streets would lead to trouble. Number 3, sex, it is not a solution for career minded young people who need to focus on academics.Instead I laid a foundation for myself with the 3 “U’s” that were good. First, U Matter, no matter how many naysayers tell you that one voice can’t change the world, don’t believe them. Next, U contribute, each of us has a unique gift to share with the world. Last, U FIT IN, somewhere there is a group, a family, or an organization that wants you to belong. With my platform, I want youth across America to believe that they can be who they truly are without worrying about not being accepted