Annelise Meador

Miss Pride of the South

Hometown:  Madison

Platform:  Backpacks for a Bright Future

Talent:  Vocal

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?  University of Kentucky

What is your major? Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC)

What is your scholastic ambition?  I plan to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in ISC and a minor in Vocal Performance while maintaining the highest GPA possible.

List scholastic honors: The Bluegrass Spirit Academic Scholarship, University of Kentucky College of Communication Peer Mentor Scholarship, Dean’s List 2016, Dean’s List 2017, Graduated Madison Central High School with Special Distinction, National Honor Society.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment: This year I was selected as a soloist for the University of Kentucky Choristers’ Night on Broadway.  I’m so excited about the opportunity to perform one of my favorite songs from the Bonnie & Clyde musical on stage at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

What is your favorite style of music?  Musical Theatre

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  I’ve always enjoyed period films. Most of these movies are based on classic novels that have strong characters and fascinating storylines and the elaborate costumes and beautiful sets are always fun to see.

What is your favorite gadget?  My earbuds go everywhere with me!  Music is such an important part of my life and I love having the power to listen to my favorite songs at my fingertips.

What is your favorite blog?        Refashionista

What is your favorite place to visit?  My favorite place to visit is Camp Greystone which is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Zirconia, NC.  It’s the perfect place for a weekend retreat to relax and recharge, and the views are especially spectacular in the fall when the leaves change color.

What is your favorite food?        Fried Okra

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?  The Bible

Do you twitter?  No, I do not.

What is your favorite?

Sport: Hockey

Sports Team: Kentucky Wildcats

Actor: Chris Pratt

Actress:   Kristin Chenoweth

Television Program:  The Office

Wardrobe Accessory: My favorite accessory is definitely nail polish. I’m obsessed!

Thing to do on a weekend: Spend time with friends, try out a new restaurant or go to a movie at the local theatre.

Way to spend a day off:  Sleep late, lounge around in my pajamas and binge-watch funny Youtube videos.

What is your hometown like? 

Madison was a wonderful place to grow up. With its hometown spirit, southern charm, and growing population, Madison was (and continues to be) a city that places a lot of emphasis on family and community.

What were you like when you were a child?

I was an avid reader as a child.  I had a very vivid imagination and loved to dress up as my favorite characters from the stories I read.

Who is the most influential person in your life?

My voice teacher, Winona Costello, has had a huge impact on my life both musically and personally. She’s always been someone who has demonstrated a lot of integrity and been a role model on how to live out the Christian faith on a day to day basis. Without her influence in my life, I would not be the person I am today.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?

I have a distinct birthmark on my nose and when I meet people for the first time, most of them incorrectly assume it’s a bruise or burn.  Predictably, I have heard some interesting comments over the years about my birthmark!

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:

Leaving home and moving to college was a big change for me. The University of Kentucky is 600 miles away from my hometown and I didn’t know anyone on campus when I first arrived.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?

The Miss America Organization has taught me that my voice matters, and I do have the power to impact my community.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what would you like to accomplish during your year of service?

I would like to be a positive role model for young girls, and look forward to the opportunity to connect with people all over the state as the spokesperson for Miss Mississippi. During my year of service, I would also like to continue work on my platform by creating a school supply resource center where teachers can go and get free school supplies for needy students.

What is your secret wish or dream? 

I have always dreamed of traveling to Australia.  I’ve never left the continent before and if I could travel internationally, this would be the first place I would visit.  There is no other place like it in the world.  I’d plan to visit the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, see lots of exotic wildlife and hopefully, acquire an Australian accent while I was there!

I’m motivated by:

A challenge!  I love the satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment I get when I achieve a goal or successfully complete a project that required a significant investment of time and effort on my part.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?

Both my father and grandfather have worked for the MS Department of Education since I was very young, so I’ve grown up hearing about the impact poverty has on education my entire life.  For that reason, I’ve always been sensitive to the fact that not everyone has access to the basic tools needed for success in the classroom and I’ve personally known students who have struggled in school for this reason. Backpacks for a Bright Future was created out of my desire to be personally involved in a solution to combat poverty in schools by collecting and donating school supplies

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?

Regardless of which candidate you voted for, the 2016 presidential election race captured everyone’s attention and has had a lasting impact on our country.

The one thing I can’t live without:         My hairdryer. I keep it right beside my bed. It does a really great job on my hair, and I also use it to get my sheets toasty warm on really cold mornings.

My best friend would describe me as:

My best friend describes me as authentic, hard-working, quirky, and a “people” person.

Something interesting about my family:

My Native American ancestors were named Lightfoot.  I find that pretty amusing since most of the people in my family have big feet and are anything but light on their feet!

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: 

Once when I was on the backstage crew in high school, I accidentally dropped a metal pole on my teacher’s head during a musical production. Later we found out she had a concussion and, even though she was quick to forgive me, I couldn’t look her in the eye for weeks!

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: 

I’d like to watch the TV series Stranger Things. I’m usually too scared to watch horror movies or thrillers but everyone says the show is amazing, so I plan to give it a try.  Thank goodness for Netflix!

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:

I have a Maltipoo named Riley!