Christana LandressMiss Magnolia
Hometown: Buford, GA
Platform: Eyes on the Sky
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Mississippi State University
What is your major? Broadcast Meteorology
What is your scholastic ambition? To maintain a Masters of Science in Professional Meteorology and Climatology
List scholastic honors: National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Weekend Morning Meteorologist at WJTV-12 in Jackson, MS
What is your favorite style of music? Country
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Romantic Comedies because everyone needs a little break from reality
What is your favorite gadget? My phone
What is your favorite blog? My weekly weather blog on Tumblr
What is your favorite place to visit? Jamaica
What is your favorite food? Italian
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? Anything James Patterson
Do you twitter? I have an account dedicated to meteorology!
What is your favorite?
Sport: Football, Hail State!
Sports Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs and New England Patriots
Actor: Matt Damon
Actress: Sandra Bullock
Television Program: The Weather Channel and The Food Network
Wardrobe Accessory: Necklace
Thing to do on a weekend: Watch Mississippi State Athletics
Way to spend a day off: Watch movies and cook
What is your hometown like? My hometown is in between a suburban and rural area where night life is filled with high school sports, music, and theatre productions. If you go 15 minutes away from my home, you have some of the best food and shopping in the county.
What were you like when you were a child? I was an extrovert who wanted to meet everyone and play every sport possible. My mom would always tell me when I was around four or five, I would go around in restaurants and shake people’s hands (including the mayor at the time and not realizing it).
Who is the most influential person in your life? Like many women, I am greatly influenced by my mother. She is an absolutely amazing woman who encourages me to take every opportunity that is offered without overdoing it. She is so wise and well rounded, and I hope to be half the woman she is in the future.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? The wisdom I have acquired throughout my life has helped made me who I am today
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:
On August 27, 2017, I devoted my life to God in Believer’s Baptism. Thanks to my family, church, boyfriend, and closest friends, they showed me the way back to God and how much we need Him in our life.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?
I learned the true meaning of service. Participants in the program are constantly developing their platform, volunteering, and extending their services to other organizations. Every participant is making a difference in their community, including myself.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?
If I was crowned as Miss Mississippi, there are three major things I want to accomplish. 1: continue to educate the next generation on severe weather and donate as well as rebuild houses to disaster relief victims. 2: visit hospitals statewide and spread the love that Miss Mississippi represents as well as the word of the Lord. 3: Volunteer in food pantries or soup kitchens.
What is your secret wish or dream? I would love to be the morning meteorologist at Fox 5 Atlanta or work in New York on Good Morning America.
I’m motivated by: My passions motivate me. Knowing there is something I care about or a goal I want to accomplish, it motivates me to work hard for the best result
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?
Growing up, our schools taught us the basic need-to-know information about what to do during a tornado warning, but they never went in depth on how to rebuild or prepare for other severe weather events. Being a meteorology major at Mississippi State University, I want to continue to learn what we can do in each severe weather scenario and educate the next generation so they are prepared for whatever event they experience.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?
The most significant event in my life I have been a part of would be being chosen to be a part of the 2014 US Army All American Marching Band. The USAAAMB changed my life on how I see life, how I treat others, and how I treat myself. I have been lucky enough to return year after year to help and mentor the students.
The one thing I can’t live without: Entertainment (I get bored easily when I am not working on or watching something.
My best friend would describe me as: Someone who is friendly, loving, loyal, stubborn, caring, and passionate; someone who will go out of their way to volunteer and put others first.
Something interesting about my family: The majority of my family are educators and administrators. My mother is an author.
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: At a marching band competition in high school, our guard received first place. The guard that took home second place was walking back when I was going to get our trophy, and I tried grabbing the second place trophy because I thought it was the host guard.
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: Indoor Sky Diving
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I have a Shienese (Shih-Tzu/ Pekingnese mix) named Delilian Rae.