Abby Claire Stokes

Miss New South

Hometown:   Philadelphia     

Platform:      Georgia on My Mind: End Alzheimer’s

Talent:           Lyrical Dance

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?   Mississippi University for Women

What is your major?  Nursing                                                                            

What is your scholastic ambition?  Obtain a doctorate in the Science of Nursing 

List scholastic honors:    President’s List, Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, Early acceptance to BSN program

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:  Making college cheer team

What is your favorite style of music?   Classic rock

What is your favorite movie genre and why?    I love historical period dramas because of the deep fascination I have with history and how our societies have evolved, especially with fashion.

What is your favorite gadget?    Kindle Fire

What is your favorite blog?        Barefoot Blonde

What is your favorite place to visit?     Quebec, Canada

What is your favorite food?   Spaghetti with garlic bread

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?   I would choose Anna Karehina by Leo Tolstoy because of its interesting character and symbolism.

Do you twitter?       Yes, @xxABBTCIAIRE                                                                                          

What is your favorite?  

Sport:  Basketball                                       Sports Team:   Golden State Warriors

Actor:   Eddie Redmayne                       Actress: Blake Lively                          

Television Program:   Grey’s Anatomy                                    

Wardrobe Accessory:      A vintage ring I was given on my 18thbirthday

Thing to do on a weekend:    Visit with my grandparents

Way to spend a day off:   Catch up on my to-do list!

What is your hometown like?     Philadelphia is affectionately called “our fair city” because of the one-of-a-kind experiences like the Neshoba County Fair and Choctaw Indian Fair.  We’re also home to the Williams Brothers, one of Mississippi’s most unique general store experiences.

What were you like when you were a child?   My mom used the words mischievous and inquisitive to describe me as a child, claiming that I was “always into something”. Although I beg to differ, I know at the very least I had plenty of questions about the world around me.

Who is the most influential person in your life?     My mother inspires me every day with her hard work and determination to be the best medical provider she can be.  Watching her compassion for others has pushed me to follow in her footsteps as a nurse practitioner.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?    People may not realize just how competitive I am. Growing up in a predominately male family, I learned to play basketball and football before I ever took a dance lesson.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:  Losing my grandmother to Alzheimer’s was extremely tough, but it taught me to trust in God’s plan for our lives.  I am able to use my grandmother’s passing as motivation to reach families that are facing the same trial my own did when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?    I have learned to appreciate God’s timing as I train for the ultimate goal of being Miss Mississippi.  Whether it be learning new tricks for talent or strengthening my communication skills, I’m amazed at how far God has brought me from last year’s competition.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?    I will use my voice to teach the lessons I’ve gained as a certified nurse assistant to impact the lives of Mississippians who are affected by Alzheimer’s.  I now have real world experience as well as professionalism and compassion.                                                                                           

What is your secret wish or dream?    I’ve always wanted to walk in the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

 I’m motivated by:  My mom.  Watching her strive to be the best medical care provider and treat her patients with the upmost respect has really pushed me to be a more caring person in my nursing studies as well as in everyday situations.   

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?  I chose to name my platform “Georgia on my Mind: End Alzheimer’s” in honor of my late grandmother, Georgia, who battled the disease for seven years.  She is my constant reminder to try and make a lasting impact on our state by educating caregivers.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?   Last spring I had the opportunity to visit the State Senate and House of Representatives where I was recognized for my work with Alzheimer’s Awareness.  It was so much fun having our state leaders stopping me for pictures during recess.

The one thing I can’t live without:         I can’t live without chapstick.  I have to have a tube of Burt’s Bees wherever I go!                                                

My best friend would describe me as:    A very tenderhearted and caring person that puts other needs before my own,

Something interesting about my family:   I am basically a clone of my mom.  Besides having the same hair color, eye color, skin tone, height and birthmarks in the same spot, we also have the same blood type.  

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:              My senior year during a basketball game, I slipped in a puddle in the middle of the court and hit a full split in front of the whole gymnasium. 

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:  I would love to be on a cooking show! I’m not the best cook so I would love the opportunity to learn a few tricks in the kitchen.

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:    I have a beagle who is one year old named Charlie and a two year old cat named Punch.