Miss New South
Hometown: Lucedale, MS
Platform: America’s ToothFairy
Talent: Ballet En Pointe
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Mississippi State University
What is your major? Biological Sciences (Pre-Dental Concentration)
What is your scholastic ambition? I plan to obtain a B.S. degree in BiologicalSciences from Mississippi State University. Upon graduation I plan to continue my education by attending dental school.
List scholastic honors: 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of George County, 2nd alternate in Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi 2014, Republican Women of George County Scholarship, freshman academic scholarship,President’s list
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: During the spring semester of my sophomore year of college, I was one of around 30 students to be selected out of over 300 applicants to join the MSU Roadrunner student organization. As a roadrunner, I have opportunity to give tours and write postcards to perspective MSU students. This organization has given me the ability to give back to my university and share my love of Mississippi State.
What is your favorite style of music? I love a variety of music! I listen to everything from James Taylor to Alan Jackson. Sometimes I need a little Stevie Wonder or MercyMe to brighten my day.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I’m always ready to watch a southerncomedy,romance ,or drama. Steel Magnolias is one of my all time favorite movies.
What is your favorite gadget? I don’t know what I would do without my MacBook! It is how I stay up to date on homework assignments, current events, and schedule planning.
What is your favorite blog? Several days a week I receive emails from The Skimm. This blog is one way I stay up to date on current events happening around the nation and the world, because with the click of a mouse I can read brief summaries of top news stories.
What is your favorite place to visit? My family normally visits Destin, FL during our summer vacation, and my favorite part of the week is when we spend a day or two on 30A visiting the towns of Seaside, Watercolor, and Rosemary Beach.
What is your favorite food? A smokeypepperjack turkey wheat wrap from McAlister’s Deli
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? How to Survive being on a Deserted Island
Do you twitter? I don’t have a twitter account.
What is your favorite?
Sport: Football Sports Team: Mississippi State University
Actor: Matthew McConaughey Actress: Julie Andrews
Television Program: Friends
Wardrobe Accessory: My Kendra Scott necklaces
Thing to do on a weekend: I love to spend the day shopping in downtown Starkville, MS or Fairhope, AL with family and friends!
Way to spend a day off: My ideal day off is spent relaxing and visiting with family.
What is your hometown like? Even thinking about my hometown brings a smile to my face, because it is one of those small Mississippi towns that you read about in magazines where you never meet a stranger, and the people love Jesus, family, football and sweet tea!
What were you like when you were a child? I would consider myself very bubbly as a child! I was raised to be versatile, so I loved riding on the tractor in the field with my uncle just as much as I loved dressing up like a princess. I would dance, sing, and play the piano for anyone that was willing to watch or listen.
Who is the most influential person in your life? My Grandma Billie has always had a huge impact on my life. While my parents were at work, I would stay at her house. She raised herself with the help of her older sister, and because of that she has always enforced the importance of education, hard work, and determination. I strive everyday to become half the woman that she is.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I try to be a very optimistic girl that doesn’t get her feathers ruffled too easily, but I don’t think people realize that I am also extremely goal oriented.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: The first time I ever laced up a pair of pointe shoes, I was in 5th grade. I remember thinking “This is the opportunity I have been looking forward to for so long, and now I finally get to fulfill my dream of being a ballerina!”
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? The Miss America Organization opens so many doors for young women across the country, but most importantly it gives them the opportunity to give back to their communities, states, and country by promoting education, service, and confidence.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? As Miss Mississippi I would work diligently to be a positive role model to children and adults statewide while promoting Children’s Miracle Network as well as my platform, America’s Tooth Fairy.
What is your secret wish or dream? I want to be the star of Princess Diaries 3! My best friend and I have beendevoted Princess Diaries Fans since 2001.
I’m motivated by: knowing I am a role model that can make a difference. Realizing that there are children and peers influenced by my actions makes me strive to be a better person.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Yes! Working as a dental assistant at a dentist office in my hometown has given me the opportunity to be exposed to so many children that do not have the materials needed to take proper care of their teeth. Witnessing this inspired me to partner with America’s Tooth Fairy and work to bring smiles to the faces of every child in Mississippi.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? I met my best friend of the last 21 years when I was an infant. Sara and I were born 40 days apart, and we have been the best of friends ever since! Our 86-year-old grandmothers have also been best friends since childhood.
The one thing I can’t live without: I don’t know what I would do without sweet tea! Sometimes my roommate and I decide where we are going to eat dinner completely based off of who has the best tea.
My best friend would describe me as: uplifting, joyful, and dedicated.
Something interesting about my family: Both sides of my family are very close. All of the members of my mom’s immediate family eat lunch together every Sunday after church and have for over 50 years.
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: I frequently say hi to people that I don’t know, because they say hello to someone walking behind me, and I don’t realize that they are not, in fact, speaking to me until it is too late.
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: One day I want to go on a spontaneous road trip with some of my close friends. Almost everything I do is very organized and well thought out. I think it would be a nice change in pace to suddenly decide to hop in the car with the girls and take a trip to somewhere exciting!
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I don’t have any pets.