Abby Williams

Miss North Central Mississippi

Hometown: Grenada, MS

Scholastic Ambition: To attend the University of Mississippi and get a degree in either business or medical science.

Scholastic Honors: Honor Roll, Superintendent’s list, National Honor Society, and Scholastic Future Leaders of Medicine

Talent: Lyrical dance

Platform: The Power to Hear

What makes you special and unique? Something that I think is very unique about myself is my red hair. Less than 2% of the world’s population has red hair, so I feel like my hair makes me very different and special.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? That I am a crazy Ole Miss baseball fan. I am one of the most dedicated fans you will ever meet, and I know every player and their position. I go to ALL of the Ole Miss baseball games, and if I miss one you better believe I’m watching it on TV.

Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I have ever received is to always be myself and never let anyone bring me down. I’ve learned over time that not everyone is going to like who you are or where you come from, but you have to learn to love yourself and never change no matter what people say.

What can’t you live without? My family. They mean the absolute world to me, and without my family I have no idea what I would do. They each inspire me to be a better person each and every day.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure would have to be Mexican food. I could eat Mexican every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre would have to be horror.  I love getting scared and being on the edge of my seat when watching a movie. I love the thrill of not knowing what is going to happen.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I hope to have had a great dance career at the University of Mississippi as an Ole Miss Rebelette, and have gotten my degree in either business or medical science.

Most valuable lesson learned? The most valuable lesson I have ever learned would have to be not lying to my parents. I’ve learned that telling the truth may be hard to do sometimes but it will actually get you into less trouble than lying will.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My biggest role model is my nana and papaw, they have taught me some of the most valuable life lessons I will ever learn. They taught me about God’s word and also how to live through the Lord. They have taught me how to be a kind, honest, and genuine person who respects every else as best as I can.

What motivates you? When a person tells me that I can’t do something; that motivates me so much. When you prove someone wrong and show them you can do anything you put your mind to as long as you believe you can do it.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other winning your local title? Becoming a two time national champion in dance. I won both a national duet championship and a small group national championship.

Best compliment you have ever received? That I have the prettiest hair anyone has ever seen.

Secret wish or dream? To go to New York City and train at Julliard School of Performing Arts and become a professional dancer.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? One day I was in class and my teacher asked what continent we lived on and I raised my hand so confident and said “South America”. Everyone in the class started laughing at me, and I realized that day we lived in North America; just the southern part.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you?   As I’ve gotten older, I have become more afraid of heights, but I think this would be so cool.

What is your super power? My super power is that I am able to get my baby sister to stop crying, even when my Mother can’t.

What is the one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? To always believe in yourself but also to believe in the others around you.  Support each other no matter what.

Describe yourself in one word. Outgoing

A Fun Family Fact? There are all girls in my family; except for my step-brother, Brantley, the rest of us are girls. My grandparents had two girls and they each had two girls.

My name is Caitlin Abigail Williams but most people just call me Abby. I am 16 years old and in the 11th grade at Grenada High School. I’m the oldest of 3 kids. I have a 13 year old brother, Brantley, and a 4 year old sister, Sadie Grace.

I am a competitive dancer, and I have been dancing for 11 years at GSPA. I am also a varsity cheerleader at my school.  I have always been the kid who loves doing everything. I’m always on the move, doing anything and everything I can. I am also a very active member of the youth program at Emmanuel Baptist Church.  My faith is the most important thing to me and has helped me get through some tough times in my life.

My platform is The Power to Hear.  So many people in our state struggle with hearing loss. People with hearing loss consider hearing aids a lifeline, but insurance companies view them as elective. Hearing loss is becoming a widely discussed topic in today’s society. I want to create awareness in the state of Mississippi and the nation. Only 20 states require health insurance for hearing aids, and Mississippi is not one of them.

As someone who has struggled with this issue in my family, I have a personal connection to my platform. My sister, age 4, was born with hearing loss. My family was faced with the fact that insurance did not cover the devices my baby sister needed. The cost was enormous. This is not an issue that most families face or individuals have to deal with till later in life. This is an issue that needs to be advocated for.