Charley Ann NixMiss University
Hometown: Batesville, Mississppi
Platform: Don’t Wait, Educate: A Bullying Prevention Program
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? University of Mississippi
What is your major? Biochemistry
What is your scholastic ambition? To obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and pursue a career in the medical field.
List scholastic honors: Luckyday Success Program Scholar, Provost Scholar, Academic Excellence Scholarship recipient, Bledsoe Scholarship recipient, Dewees Alumni Association Scholarship recipient, Pointer Scholarship recipient, Batesville Presbyterian Church Dunlap Scholarship recipient
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Being selected to be a student leader as a Community Assistant for the Student Housing Department at Ole Miss.
What is your favorite style of music? Country and pop
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Romantic Dramas are my favorite. I love seeing the ups and downs of a story that concludes with a happy ending.
What is your favorite gadget? My Apple Watch. I was skeptical about these until I had one, and now, I can’t live without it!
What is your favorite blog? I am a firm believer in the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Therefore, my favorite blog would have to be Instagram!
What is your favorite place to visit? Paris, France is my all-time favorite place. I spent a Spring Break there through an educational trip with students and faculty from my high school, and it truly is a beautiful place with so much rich history.
What is your favorite food? Any type of soul food from Cracker Barrel or Ajax in Oxford
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? The SAS Survival Handbook. It was written by a professional solider!
Do you twitter? Yes.
What is your favorite?
Sports Team: Ole Miss Rebels
Actor: Leonardo Dicaprio
Actress: Reese Witherspoon
Television Program: Grey’s Anatomy
Wardrobe Accessory: Shoes, especially high heels!
Thing to do on a weekend: Watch the Ole Miss Rebels play football or baseball
Way to spend a day off: Take a relaxing bubble bath or bargin hunting
What is your hometown like? My hometown of Batesville is a small Friday night football, fried chicken after church on Sunday kind of town. It’s filled with the most hospitable, supportive, and kind citizens. I could not have asked for a better place to grow up!
What were you like when you were a child? Imaginative. I thought I was a runway model, Miss America, and that I also could save the world!
Who is the most influential person in your life? My grandmother, Mamaw Pat, has always been a wonderful, supportive Christian woman. She truly is the tie that holds my family together.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?
Although I absolutely do not have any vocal ability, when I am at home, I love to attempt to sing big, powerful songs. Most of the time it ends with someone begging me to stop!
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:
A defining moment in my life would definitely be being accepted to the University of Mississippi, receiving numerous scholarships, and studying Biochemistry there for the past five semesters. I really value the opportunity to gain a higher education because that is something that can never be taken away from me.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?
One thing that this organization has taught me it to always be myself and get out of my comfort zone. I became involved when I was just 15 years old as an Outstanding Teen, and by pushing myself to get out of my comfort zone and being my true self, I have made many friends that I still stay in contact with today.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?
During my year of service, I would like to expand my Don’t Wait, Educate program and work with ambassadors to help further spread this message. Bullying Prevention is something that should be spoken about in every school across America. I feel that the more children that my program can reach, the greater the chance that children won’t have to experience bullying without prior knowledge of how to handle it. As Miss Mississippi, I will continue being proactive about this social issue and set a goal to speak to at least 10,000 students in our state. With my three step plan, I aspire to continue to take my platform to new heights.
What is your secret wish or dream? My secret wish is to be able to sing like Whitney Houston.
I’m motivated by: I am most motivated by keeping myself very busy. I feel that I work best under pressure with knowing that I have no time to be lazy.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?
As a child and pre-teen I was different from my peers, and because of this I was bullied. It was about my clothes and being “weird” when I was young, but as I got older, it escalated and became about the way I looked and my personality. Because of these experiences, my self-esteem was knocked down. If I could reach out to just one child and teach them how to handle bullies, I would feel that my program and I had succeeded.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?
My parents’ divorce would definitely qualify as my most significant life event. When they divorced, my mother’s financial situation drastically changed and caused us to make much more careful choices about where we spent the money that we had to live on. It wasn’t easy at first, but in the end, I learned that women are capable of being fierce and strong despite incredible or profound difficulties.
The one thing I can’t live without: I know that I could not make it without my hot rollers!
My best friend would describe me as: My best friend and I have actually been best friends since we were two, so I truly think she knows me better than anyone. She would describe me as ambitious, opinionated, and up for anything.
Something interesting about my family: I was named after my father and grandfather. If I would have been a boy, I would have been Charles Ray Nix, III. When they found out that I was going to be girl instead, they did some tweaking to get Charley from Charles!
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: I was running through the Grove mid-afternoon to turn in a paper before a deadline, and I tripped and fell in front of everyone. I did not have much time to care who saw, so I shook off the dirt and kept going! I did make my deadline, though, with dirty clothes, skinned knees and all!
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: Skydiving because I am terrified of heights.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: Yes. I have a tiny teddy Pomeranian named Darcie. She thinks she is a human, and we are just alike!