Brooke Bumgarner

Miss Delta Crossroads

Hometown:   Madison

Scholastic Ambition:   To obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and pursue a career as an author          

Scholastic Honors:   All-A Honor Roll, Beta Club President, Beta Club Treasurer, Duke Tip Scholar, Advanced Math, Language Arts, and Science classes

Talent:            Vocal Performance

Platform:        Anti-Bullying Education

What makes you special and unique? I am the only actress, singer, and dancer in my family.  This allows me to express who I am, and it gives me an outlet to reveal my creative side.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?  People probably do not realize that I am competitive.

Best advice you have ever received? My mom tells me all the time to be a friend to everyone.  I try every day to be a good friend and to show others that being kind and friendly can really make a difference in the lives of people.

What can’t you live without? I could not live without my Yorkie dog, Rudy; and my Yorkie dog, Rea.  Dogs can’t tell your secrets and wishes, so I basically have two best friends I can always rely on!

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? I love watching Friends when I am happy, sad, excited, nervous, or bored!

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Romantic comedies are my absolute favorite!  They are filled with love, hope, happiness, adventure, and fairytale—every girl’s dream!

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In 2030 I’ll be twenty-three years old.  I will be a college graduate with an English degree pursuing a career as an author.

Most valuable lesson learned? I have learned that all people have needs, concerns, and feelings.  I should always think about others and what they may be going through instead of putting my needs first. 

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? One of my role models is Dove Cameron.  She is so expressive of what she believes in through her music, her message to others, and how she portrays herself on television and social media.

What motivates you? My choir teacher always gives advice about how my generation has the ability to connect with people around the world and change it for the better!  She motivates me to live my best life with a positive attitude and to use my talents to encourage and motivate others.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Serving my community by performing over 70 hours of service is my greatest non-academic achievement.  Community service and involvement are very rewarding, and this has taught me how to be caring and loving, even to strangers.

Best compliment you have ever received? I have been told that my smile and positive attitude are contagious.

Secret wish or dream? I want to be Sharpay Evans from High School Musical.  When I was three years old, I would dress up in Sharpay’s signature pink and sing all of her “fabulous” songs from memory!

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? One day when I was about six years old, I was looking at the animals at Petco and reached up and grabbed a man’s hand, thinking it was my dad. I looked up, saw that it wasn’t my dad, and ran away as fast as I could.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would love to learn how to surf!  That is out of character for me because I’m not a huge fan of sharks, jellyfish, stingrays, and seaweed!

What is your super power? I don’t want to give away my secret…..but my super power is invisibility.Sometimes it’s great to turn off the television, put away my phone, and spend some time alone reading, writing, and just relaxing!

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? I’ve learned the importance of setting goals and working hard to achieve them is important not only for this program, but for life in general. I am developing skills in speech, confidence, and patience that will benefit me the rest of my life.

Describe yourself in one word. Extroverted

A Fun Family Fact? The Bumgarner Family Campout is an event that my family looks forward to each year.We pitch a tent in our backyard, roast hotdogs and marshmallows, sing songs, and tell ghost stories.  It’s such a fun night and a great way to connect with the family!

     My name is Brooke Arrington Bumgarner, and I am a 13-year-old eighth grade student at Madison Middle School in Madison, Mississippi.  I live in Madison with my parents, three sisters, and two dogs where I attend Madison United Methodist Church.  I love to sing, act, dance and write.  I’ve been singing as long as I’ve been talking!  My mom says that as a toddler I dressed up every day as a different Disney princess and sang princess songs all day.  Over the past few years, I have had the pleasure of performing in several musicals at my school and community theatre.  I love a stage!  As a member of my school’s dance team, I get to perform during ballgames and support my friends who play sports.  Writing has been a passion of mine for a long time.  I love to write song lyrics and short stories, and I recently finished writing my very first book! 

     At my school, I am a member of the Junior Thespian Society, Kaleidoscope Show Choir, and Beta Club.  I was also elected Student Council president by my peers.  As an officer in the Jr. Thespian Society, I take part in planning and organizing meetings and events for the group.  We also promote the arts, particularly theatre arts, by encouraging students to participate in and attend theatrical events in and around central Mississippi.  Show choir is my passion and another outlet for me to express my love for music and the stage.  Last year as a member of Kaleidoscope, I was fortunate enough to perform in Chicago, and this spring, we will be traveling to Nashville for another performance. Through Student Council and Beta Club, I am given the opportunity to be a leader in my school.  I am very passionate about my roles and responsibilities within these groups.  From helping create the meeting agendas to leading the monthly meetings, I am learning leadership skills that will help me the rest of my life. Through these organizations, I have also been given the opportunity to participate in community service projects.  I have helped raise thousands of dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Blair E. Batson’s Children’s Hospital, Webster Animal Shelter, and American Cancer Society.  I believe it is important to be involved in my school and my community.  This involvement allows me to share love, kindness, and compassion with others. 

            My platform is Anti-Bullying Education.  Bullying is an issue that affects so many people, but it affects teens in middle schools more than any other group.  One of the many reasons I chose Anti-Bullying Education as my platform is to be a part of the solution to this issue by educating others on how to stop and prevent bullying.  Kids need to be taught at an early age how to identify bullying and how to safely stand up to it.  I want to help educate kids and to speak up for those who don’t feel as if they have a voice.  I want victims of bullying to know that they are not alone and how they can get help.  I want bullies to know that it is not okay to use words and actions to put others down. 

Through my platform, I am educating young children and teens how to deal with bullying by reading encouraging books to students in elementary schools and keeping my social media up to date. I am doing this by reposting positive and encouraging messages from national bullying prevention sites, and I truly believe with the opportunity of being Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen, I can share those messages of acceptance and kindness to young people all over the state and country.  I have written a book titled Friendly, and I hope to use the proceeds from the book to help support anti-bullying organizations around the country.  I want to promote friendship, respect, acceptance, compassion, and kindness.  The title of Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen will give me the key that will open the door for this to be possible.