Alexis MurrellMiss Vicksburg
Platform: You Are Equipped (Depression and Anxiety Disorder Awareness)
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Mississippi State University
What is your major? Civil Engineering
What is your scholastic ambition? To earn a Ph. D.
List scholastic honors: Civil and Environmental Engineering Women’s Council, Mississippi State University Dean’s Scholar, Summer 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium Winner, Frederic Endowed Scholarship
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Becoming president of Black Voices Gospel Choir
What is your favorite style of music? Contemporary and Traditional Gospel
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Action and Thriller. I enjoy being on the edge of my seat!
\What is your favorite gadget? My laptop, I have had her since the 8th grade and she is still reliable!
What is your favorite blog? Yes! My dear friend Kia Garaway has an inspirational blog in which I’m still reading entitled “I am Enough”
What is your favorite place to visit? Anywhere new. I love traveling to new cities.
What is your favorite food? A medium-well steak.
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? The Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is full of wisdom, and will give me not only hope, but direction.
Do you twitter? I currently do not have a twitter!
\What is your favorite?
Sport: Basketball Sports Team: The Golden State Warriors
Actor: Will Smith Actress: Sandra Bullock
Television Program: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Wardrobe Accessory: Earrings most definitely!
Thing to do on a weekend: Find a fun event or benefit to attend!
Way to spend a day off: Watch a suspenseful movie with family and friends.
What is your hometown like? My hometown is historic with exhibits from traditional homes to the monumental military park. What I love the most about Vicksburg is that every year we host the annual Miss Mississippi Pageant, and I have been attending for as long as I can remember!
What were you like when you were a child? As a child, I was intelligent and very bubbly! I loved writing songs and choreographing dances with my friends. I also enjoyed playing dress-up of course!
Who is the most influential person in your life? The most influential person in my life would be my dad. His hard work, love, intelligence, and strength is admirable. Seeing these qualities in my dad has helped shape me into the strong woman that I am today.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People are often surprised to learn that Miss Mississippi is a goal of mine. Being an engineer and becoming Miss Mississippi is usually not a combination that people often intertwine.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: One defining moment in my life was when I put a thought into action. I had a food drive in a local neighborhood. I cooked 55 dinner plates, placed a scripture on top, and my family and I served them to the neighborhood! It allowed me to realize that no one can hold me back from doing things that were on my heart but me!!
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? One important thing I have learned from being in the Miss America Program is to be true to who I am. No one can do your thing like you can!
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? If I was crowned, I would want to visit various cities and establish connections between residents and me. I want to offer a beacon a light to those who have lost hope in society or even themselves. I also want to raise awareness of depression and anxiety disorders. These are so common, but are not often talked about!
What is your secret wish or dream? My secret wish is to discover a food combination as iconic as peanut butter and jelly.
I’m motivated by: My goals. I know that in order to accomplish and achieve one must be willing to sacrifice and put in a tremendous amount of effort.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Yes, I was always very happy, and I never imagined experiencing depression. I began to notice the prevalence of depression along with anxiety disorders, and therefore I realized the importance and the power of raising awareness.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? The most significant event in my lifetime was definitely winning Miss Vicksburg. My dream has always been to be have a widened platform to which I can continue to serve. From sitting in the audience to being on stage is definitely a dream come true!
The one thing I can’t live without: Food! Love to eat!
My best friend would describe me as: Self-less. She knows I am always willing to help anyone at any time! No matter what, I strive to help others and will do all that I can to make that happen.
Something interesting about my family: My entire family loves to laugh and to eat. There is nothing like a family gathering full of laughter and tasty food!
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: Competing in a high-school beauty pageant in which I swayed my shoulders entirely too much. This caused the audience to laugh and me too!
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I would like to try acting! I am very expressive, but to act in another’s character would be interesting and fun!
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I have one pet dog. Her name is Sophie, she is mixed with chow and lab! She is very smart, knows when she has done something mischievous, and is full of energy.