Blair Wortsmith

Miss University

Hometown:  Little Rock, Arkansas                                                                               

Platform:  Guiding Youth to Financial Freedom

Talent:  Tap Dance

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

What is your major? Managerial Finance

What is your scholastic ambition?To graduate with honors with a Bachelor of BusinessAdministration in Managerial Finance with minors in Journalism and Marketing.

Scholastic honors:Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College member and student ambassador; Chancellor’s Honor Roll; Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society; Financial Executives International Scholarship; Mobley Business Scholarship; Holmes Scholarship; Delta Delta Delta Carson/Pitcock Scholarship

Greatest non-academic accomplishment: I had the great honor of serving as the Vice President of Administration for the Chi chapter of Tri Delta. During my year of service, I attended the national convention as a voting delegate, oversaw nearly 60 officers and played a pivotal part in visionary goal setting for the chapter.

What is your favorite style of music?Contemporary Christian and Country

What is your favorite movie genre and why?I love a good comedy. When I have free time to watch a movie, I enjoy watching something lighthearted or funny.

What is your favorite gadget?My iPhone keeps me organized and connected!

What is your favorite blog? I may be biased, but I enjoy sharing on my personal blog. Check it out at blairwortsmith.com!

What is your favorite place to visit?I love going to the lake with family and friends. I enjoy water skiing, boating and relaxing when I’m there.

What is your favorite food?I am the world’s biggest pizza lover!

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?I would want to have my New Morning Mercies devotional book. It’s a great source of encouragement, is filled with powerful scripture, and helps me start my day right every morning.

Do you twitter? I always check Twitter for current event and sports updates! Follow me @blair_wortsmith!

 What is your favorite?

Sport:Football                                 Sports Team:  Ole Miss Rebels (Hotty Toddy!)

Actor:Zac Efron                                        Actress:  Sandra Bullock

Television Program: America’s Got Talent

Wardrobe Accessory: You’ll never catch me without earrings on!

Thing to do on a weekend: My love for sports led to the creation of an Ole Miss Athletics Bucket List my senior year with the challenge of attending one of every sporting event, so an ideal weekend is always spent cheering on my Rebels!

Way to spend a day off:Time with friends is a big priority for me, so any free second I have is spent catching up with friends! Whether it is having coffee, exercising together or traveling somewhere exciting, I love being with people on a day off!

What is your hometown like?My hometown is the capital of the Natural State. Little Rock is a big town with a small town feel. The people are friendly and the shopping is great. There are lots of fun outdoorsy things to do and tons of delicious places to eat.

What were you like when you were a child?I was happy and carefree. Being the middle child of three girls, I discovered early on that being a peacemaker would serve me well. People say they remember me always smiling, playing dress up, reading, and dancing around when I was young.

Who is the most influential person in your life?My mom has set an amazing example of what a balanced life looks like. She sets goals, makes the things that are important to her a priority, loves people and never forgets to have fun.  

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?I have an adventurous spirit. I think people might not immediately realize that I’m not afraid of change and love to try new things and visit new places. This has allowed me to continuously step out of my comfort zone and grow into a more well-rounded leader.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: As a high school sophomore, I was selected to attend the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar. This life changing experience greatly contributed to the development of my leadership skills and heart for serving others, and I have loved returning to the conference every year since as a speaker and Junior Counselor.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? Being a part of the Miss America Program has helped me realize my potential as a leader and servant, has empowered me to use my personal strengths to encourage others to recognize and use theirs as well, and has taught me that dreaming big and working hard always pay off. 

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?I want to be a titleholder who helps shape people’s perception of pageant participation to be synonymous with being a role model, change maker, and woman in action. The goal for my reign would be to inspire people to make sound financial decisions, seek healthy lifestyle choices, and take every opportunity to serve others so they can live their lives to the fullest and do their part to help make our world a better place.  

What is your secret wish or dream?I secretly wish I could eat Papa John’s Pizza everyday with no negative consequences to my health or physique.

I’m motivated by:The personal satisfaction that comes from achieving my goals or overcoming my fears motivates me to do my best and try my hardest in everything I do.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?Yes! My parents helped me understand the importance of forming and practicing positive financial habits at a young age by allowing me to explore creative ways to earn money and open a savings account. I realize not everyone has positive role model to help them begin to understand the impact this can have on their future. As a Managerial Finance major, I am passionate about raising awareness about personal finance topics. It is my goal to help young people be “money wise” so they too can reap the lifelong benefits of good spending, saving and giving practices. 

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?My visit to the University of Mississippi campus my senior of high school and deciding that day to become a Rebel has impacted my life more than I could have ever known! The friendships, personal growth, and opportunities for service and leadership in Oxford have been numerous.

The one thing I can’t live without:I can’t imagine life without music.

My best friend would describe me as:I believe she would say I am fearlessly authentic, I care a lot about other people, I’m passionate about the things I believe in, I chase my dreams, and I always strive to be kind to others.

Something interesting about my family: One of my family’s favorite traditions is to watch the movie Christmas Vacationduring the holidays. We drink out of our moose cups, recite the lines with the actors, laugh a lot, and take silly pictures in Christmas sweaters.

Most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:I was performing my talent routine at an elementary school assembly onstage in their auditorium, and the floor was extremely slippery. I fell mid-routine and was SO embarrassed! However, a good performer knows the show must go on, so I channeled my inner Miss America, quickly got back up and finished my dance. X-rays after revealed I had a broken wrist! I have definitely learned the lesson to ask what material a stage is before tapping on it! 

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I’d love to travel to Europe with no itinerary and see where I ended up. This would be hard for me because I’m a big planner, but I think I’d have a great experience.

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:My family has one adorable Lab puppy named Lexi. She is full-grown now, but she will always be our baby girl!