Avery-Claire Littleton

Miss Greenville’s Outstanding Teen 

Hometown:  Tupelo, MS

Hobbies:  dance, piano, show choir, reading

School:  Tupelo High School

Scholastic Ambition:  I hope to graduate high school with honors, go on to major in chemistry in college, and then attend medical school.

Scholastic Honors:  Four year Rotary Scholar, Superintendent’s List, All A’s for entire scholastic career

Talent:  Piano

Platform:  Just Breathe: Cystic Fibrosis—supporting a fight for a cure

What makes you special and unique? One thing that makes me unique is that unlike most teenage girls, I avoid drama as much as possible. I hate gossip and spreading rumors. I just don’t see the need for it.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? One thing people who meet me might not immediately realize is that I am very intelligent. I am not a stereotypical “dumb blonde”. I work hard to maintain good grades and stay at the top of my class.

Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I have ever received is to always be kind to everyone you meet because you never know what that person is dealing with in his or her life.

What can’t you live without? I could not live without my pets. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats and they bring so much joy into my life.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure is binge-watching shows and movies on Netflix.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is comedy because I can always use a good laugh.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I will have finished medical school and will be working as an anesthesiologist.

Most valuable lesson learned? The most valuable lesson I have learned is that if you work hard and don’t give up, all of your dreams are obtainable.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model is my Aunt Jeannie because through every hardship she has faced in life, such as fighting and winning her battle against cancer and her only child being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, she has remained a positive and loving person.

What motivates you? I am most motivated by my drive to be a winner. Win or lose I like to know that I gave my very best effort.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest accomplishment is being a member of a national ranked show choir. With a lot of hard work and effort, we were able to place 2nd runner up at Fame Nationals this past year.

Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment I have ever received is that I am truly a servant after God’s own heart.

Secret wish or dream? My secret dream is to one day star in a Broadway musical.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? One time during the middle of a show choir performance the strap on my dress broke. Since it happened during the middle of a number and I was on the front row, I had to stay on stage. The strap was flapping around and hitting me in the face, and I just had to pray that my dress stayed up until I had a moment to sneak off stage. Luckily my dress stayed up, but it was very embarrassing.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I am not the biggest fan of the ocean, but one thing I have always wanted to try is swimming with dolphins.

What is your super power? I believe my super power is that I am able to remain positive even through the darkest of situations.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I have learned that it is important to stay true to who you are and let your self-confidence shine.

Describe yourself in one word. Faithful.

A Fun Family Fact? My mom, dad, sister, and I were all born in the town of West Monroe, Louisiana, which is where the show Duck Dynasty is filmed.

Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are. Keep in mind the questions you’ve already been asked and include other things that you would like people to know about you.

My name is Avery-Claire Littleton and I am Miss Greenville’s Outstanding Teen 2017. Since a very young age, I have loved to perform and be on stage. Dance, show choir, and playing the piano are huge parts of my life. I originally decided to compete this year because I wanted the chance to share my talents with more people, and I am so glad that I did because I have completely fallen in love with the Miss America Organization and everything it stands for. Through this experience I have made so many friends and I have also learned a lot about myself.

When I’m not practicing or performing, I enjoy traveling. I especially love participating in mission trips to other countries. I love getting the chance to experience other cultures and meet people who have led different lives than me.  There is nothing like having the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life and share my faith with them.  My faith is the core of who I am.

In my free time I also love to read and spend time playing with my dogs and cats. I am also a big lover of football and would never miss the chance to cheer on Tupelo’s Golden Wave. I look forward to next year being my senior year of high school, and I am excited about choosing a place to go to college. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject. Be sure to name your platform and give a brief explanation of its purpose as well.

My platform is Just Breathe: Cystic Fibrosis- supporting a fight for a cure. My first cousin was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when he was 18 months old. My whole life I have watched him struggle with this illness, and I have also seen how the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has aided him in his fight against it. I chose my platform because I want other people to be aware of all the hard work that the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation does to ensure that patients with Cystic Fibrosis live as long a life as possible.

The CF Foundation has already made some great strides by discovering new treatments for the disease, but sadly a cure has yet to be found. My goal is to raise both awareness and funds for the CF Foundation so that they may continue all of the work and research they have been doing to find a cure for this disease that has impacted my life and so many other people’s lives.