Abney Grace Pittman

Miss Jones County

Hometown: Waynesboro, Mississippi
Scholastic Ambition: To obtain Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi
Scholastic Honors: Rotary International, State Science Fair Finalist, Beta, Honor Society
Talent: Chalk Art
Platform: KID KOMFORT: Promoting Childhood Comfort in a Medical Setting

What makes you special and unique? My name! Abney is not a very common name. Once you hear it, you will always put a face to my name.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I may look like a “girly” girl and appear laid back, but I love playing sports and showing mycompetitive side.

Best advice you have ever received? Definitely knowing who I am and staying true to it.

What can’t you live without? My planner and cell phone!

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Binge watching Netflix

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Comedy! It has always been mine and my dad’s favorite pastime to watch a funny movie, eat lots of popcorn, and laugh until we cry.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In 10 years I will be 25. I hope to have graduated from Pharmacy School and on my way to starting my own Pharmacy.

Most valuable lesson learned? I learned that not working hard in practice shows in a game or on stage.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? Savvy Shields Wolfe. Not only has she been my favorite Miss America, but she sets an amazing example for young ladies and teen girls.

What motivates you? My dad motivates me. He pushes me to be the best I can be and to give 100% at everything I do.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My biggest accomplishment was being chosen Miss Wayne Academy Junior High by all my middle school peers.

Best compliment you have ever received? I have been told that my presence can light up a room!

Secret wish or dream? My secret wish or dream is to become a Disney Princess!

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I was in the lead, running hurdles at a local track meet, and I suddenly tripped over the first hurdle and every runner passed me before I could get back on my feet.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Sky diving! Being a dare devil is out of character for me, but being able to see different perspectives of the earth would be amazing.

What is your super power? Making everyone that meets me laugh is my super power.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? I have learned to have confidence in myself and in everything I choose to do.

Describe yourself in one word. Fierce

A Fun Family Fact? I am 1 of 21 first cousins on my dad’s side of the family.

My name is Abney Grace Pittman, the third of four children in my family. I am 15 years old and attend Wayne Academy in Waynesboro, MS, where I am a sophomore. I am involved in the cheer, softball and track programs at my school. My favorite subject in school is Science and I have a love for competing in the Science Fair. I have been a local winner 3 times, a district
winner once and a state finalist. I am currently the reigning district champion in 100 meter hurdles and high jump. My family and I attend First Baptist Church of Waynesboro where I am active in our local youth group and outreach ministries. The most unique thing about myself is
my name! I am named after my maternal grandfather, Abney or better known as “Big Daddy.” My parents loved his name and they paired it with my paternal great grandmother’s name, Grace.

My passion for my platform “KID KOMFORT: Promoting Childhood Comfort in a Medical Setting“, started when my nephew, Jackson, became a hospital patient at ten days old. He was born with a ventricular heart defect and required open-heart surgery. To this day, he requires numerous doctor visits to check on his heart. Through his experience, I have learned about the challenges and fears that children and their families face in medical settings. I created KID KOMFORT to provide a more relaxing and calming environment for children who will face similar circumstances.
Since creating KID KOMFORT, I have partnered with physicians in my home town of Waynesboro, MS, as far north as Corinth, MS, and as far south as Ocean Springs, MS, providing crayons and coloring books to patients. I have collected these items though fund raising in my school and community. While collecting these items at my local school, I have had
the opportunity to not only share my platform, but to read books in classrooms to elementary students. Also, during the recent Christmas Holiday Season, I was the coordinator for my school’s Operation Christmas Shoebox. Through these varied experiences, I have learned more about what children need, how they react to different environments, and how the combination of these things can affect their lives. I want to use my platform, KID KOMFORT, to address the immediate need of calming
them in a medical setting, and also to help provide every day necessities at home so that they are more relaxed and cared for when they arrive to receive medical treatment.