Christana LandressMiss Northland
Hometown: Buford, GA
Platform: Eyes on the Sky
What college did you attend, or are currently attending?
I am currently a first year master’s student at Mississippi State University.
What is your major?
My major is Professional Meteorology and Climatology.
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:
Performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade twice
What is your favorite style of music?
What is your favorite movie genre and why?
I love a good romantic comedy; however, I have become more interested in super hero action movies/shows like The Flash and Doctor Strange.
What is your favorite gadget?
What is your favorite blog?
Any type of weather blog about significant weather events or new findings.
What is your favorite place to visit?
My mother and I have gone to Jamaica every year for the past four years. It is such a beautiful place full of adventure!
What is your favorite food?
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?
Sports Team: Mississippi State (Hail State), Atlanta Falcons, and the New England Patriots
Actor: Matt Damon
Actress: Sandra Bullock
Television Program: The Flash
Wardrobe Accessory: Necklace
Thing to do on a weekend: Watch Mississippi State Athletics
Way to spend a day off: A day trip to parts of Mississippi or the Southeast
What is your hometown like?
My hometown has a small town feel but is full of the best high school sports, music, and theatre in the state. If you step outside of the city limits, the population doubles and becomes more urban than suburban.
What were you like as a child?
I wanted to meet everyone and do every single activity or sport possible. My weekdays started with school followed by either dance class or ice skating lessons and occasionally ended witheating out and talking to the locals in the restaurant.
Who is the most influential person in your life?
Growing up, I watched the news after school instead of cartoons, and my interest in weather and television grew to a passion. Chief Meteorologist David Chandley and Meteorologist Joanne Feldman at Fox 5 Atlanta along with Meteorologist Karen Minton at Channel 2 in Atlanta influenced and motivated me to pursue my dream career in Broadcast Meteorology.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?
Many people do not realize all that I have accomplished. I have performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade twice, met everyone at Good Morning America, competitively danced and figure skated since 5 years old.
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,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.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?
If I was crowned as Miss Mississippi, I would love to continue to educate my state on severe weather along with donating items and helping to rebuild houses of disaster victims. I would also want to visit hospitals state wide and volunteer in food pantries or soup kitchens.
What is your secret wish or dream?
I would love to be the Weekday Morning Meteorologist at Fox 5 Atlanta or work in New York on Good Morning America.
I am motivated by:
My friends. They remind me I can excel all goals I set with passion, friends, family, and God.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?
I knew I wanted to study the weather since I was seven or eight years old, but it wasn’t until 2014 when I knew what I could make a bigger difference. After seeing the damage and toll the 2014 Louisville tornado took on the town, it made me want to bring awareness to our schools and help contribute to those affected by severe weather.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?
The most significant event in my life would be being chosen to be a part of the 2014 US Army All American Marching Band. The USAAAMB changed my perspective on 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 new All Americans.
The one thing I can’t live without:
Some type of entertainment whether it is a game, my phone or computer, a movie, or a book. I get bored easily when I am not working on something.
My best friend would describe me as:
Someone who is friendly, loving, loyal, stubborn, caring, passionate and whowill go out of their way to volunteer and put others first.
Something interesting about my family:
Most of my family are either educators, administrators, or authors.
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:
It would be fun to try indoor skydiving, but I refuse to jump out of an airplane.
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.