Avery Norwood

Miss Deep South

Hometown: Biloxi

Hobbies: Show choir, cheer, watching sunsets with my friends

School: Biloxi High School

Scholastic Ambition: Mississippi State University

Scholastic Honors: National Honors Society, Beta Club, Vice President of Junior Class, Mu Alpha Theta

Talent: “Pulled” from the Broadway musical The Addams Family

Platform: SOS (Shoes or Socks for the Homeless)

What makes you special and unique?

I have mastered the importance of being a leader and a follower.

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

Although most people view me as a very healthy and athletic individual because all of my extra-curricular activities require me to be in shape, I would much rather be eating a piece of cake.

Best advice you have ever received?

The greatest advice I have ever received is to never let my Grandaddy’s legacy die

What can’t you live without?

One thing I could never live without is the opportunity to perform.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

My biggest guilty pleasure is no matter how big of a rush I am in I will always stop to grab a 99 cent icee from the gas station.

What is your favorite movie genre and why?

My favorite movie genre is thrillers because I love sitting on the edge of my seat.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years I see myself just graduating vet school and hopefully opening up my own clinic.

Most valuable lesson learned?

God has a plan for each and every individual and we must learn to trust it.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?

My most valued role model would be my sister, Reagan. She has taught me to always be proud of my achievements but to never settle and always strive for bigger and better.

What motivates you?

Knowing the endless possibilities and outcomes is what motivates me to always push forward.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title?

One of my greatest accomplishments is not only being the dance captain of my show choir, but also being the lead performer in our competition show.

Best compliment you have ever received?

One of the best compliments I have ever received is when one of my peers told me that I was not only beautiful on the outside but also on the inside.

Secret wish or dream?

One of my dreams is to make it on The Voice!

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

Everyone told me how it would be memorable to run out one of our letter school flags during kick off for the football games. It sure was memorable when the spelling of “Biloxi” was not completed because I tripped and fell after my second step.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you?

Any sport that involves catching, throwing, or kicking a ball.

What is your superpower?

To make anyone that meets me laugh.

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

To be unapologetically and confidently myself.

Describe yourself in one word.

Enthusiastic

A fun family fact?

We never seem to have a “normal” pet.

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.

One aspect of my personality that every individual I come in contact with realizes is my sense of humor! I truly believe and live by the motto that something as simple as a good laugh can connect two individuals no matter their differences. If one knows me one experiences a positive outlook, has a trustworthy friend, and embraces the most “she deserves her own reality show” personality one could ever encounter!

I take pride in being a Christian and I hope to live my Grandaddy’s legacy. He was the most selfless man with the most contagious energy! He was someone everyone that met him looked up to, saw Christ through, and spoke wisdom. He is who I strive to walk in the shoes of and the type of person I aspire to be.

I am so excited for this week and I pray that the audience, judges, and Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen community will get an idea of who I truly am!

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.

S.O.S.  Shoes or Socks for the Homeless

S.O.S. is a project that my sister and I founded and began approximately 9 years ago.  My Granddaddy’s interest in service and missions began with his work at a homeless shelter in Washington D.C.  This began his interest and many years of stories about his work with the homeless and my awareness of helping the homeless.  At Christmas, my family took toys to our local mission.  We were allowed to drop off the items, but were not allowed in because my sister and I were minors.  Adults are allowed to work at the homeless shelters, but children and teens are not.  A family friend began volunteering for shelters on the coast.  She shared with us that donations of clothes and hygiene items were common, but she was seeing a real need for shoes and socks.  From this came the idea of how children and teens can get involved.  My sister and I began having collection drives at schools, community theatres, churches and our local military bases.  Through the drives, there was awareness and education about homeless people and our need as young people to contribute and find ways to give back to our communities.  Through going through our closets and donating shoes, we can truly make a difference in someone’s life.

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