D’Ambrah WattsMiss Jackson
Scholastic Ambition: To attend a four year college to major in animal care.
Scholastic Honors: Latin award, member of the Junior Classical League, member of Diversity club, Diamond Girl for Varsity baseball team
Platform: Understand Beforehand
What makes you special and unique? Having suffered all my life being deaf in my right has not stopped me from accomplishing my dreams. It never stopped me from pushing to become the best me that I can be.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People may not realize that I am deaf in my right ear and have had many surgeries to reconstruct my hearing, with no success.
Best advice you have ever received? The best advice that I have ever received is to never let the light shining on you be greater than the light shining from the inside.
What can’t you live without? One thing that I cannot live without is my watch. Not knowing the time is frustrating to be, because I need to know how to manage my time that I have if something has to be done at a certain time.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure is my weakness of eating candy all the time.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is comedy. I love a good comedic movie when I have had a rough day or just need a laugh.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years, I will be finishing my degree in veterinary medicine and continuing my dance dream of traveling and performing all over the United States.
Most valuable lesson learned? The most valuable lesson that I have learned is that God is always with me no matter what.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model is Misty Copeland because she has inspired me to never give up no matter how many people push me down and tell me that I do not look like everyone else.
What motivates you? My biggest motivation is my God. When I am having a hard time or going through something very difficult, I think about how God suffered through way worse things than I have and I can push through to be my best.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest non-academic accomplishment is running track with the high school as a junior high 3 yrs. in a row and placing in the top five in the 300 and 100 meter hurdles.
Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment that I have ever received is that I am a very talented and well-rounded young lady and I have the ability to be successful in anything I put my mind to.
Secret wish or dream? My secret wish would be that I could be a princess in my own castle with a flying dragon and as many animals as I want.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? At one of my dance competitions, I was doing a part in my solo where I jump and landed on the ground, but instead I fell and had to play it off.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? One thing that I would like to try would be sky diving. It could be such an amazing experience if I were not afraid of heights!
What is your super power? I can hear extremely low pitch sounds from far away in my right ear that no one else can hear.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? I learned to always be a respectful young lady and always respect others. I am a role model for so many young ladies and how I present myself to them is very important.
Describe yourself in one word. Gracious
A Fun Family Fact? My family has vacationed in Florida over the past 6 years to attend Disney World and unknowingly took photos in the same location each year.
I am a fifteen year old tenth grader at Jackson Prep who loves dancing, cheering and running track. I am involved in many activities outside of school, such as, dance and acting camps during the summer. My schedule is always full with dance, cheer and track. I do manage to keep my grades up and keep everything on track.
If I am not doing one of my activities, you could find me hanging with my family or shopping and eating with my friends. My family is supportive and keep me straight. The friends I have now are friends for a lifetime and I hope they understand how much I appreciate them.
My platform, Understand Beforehand, explains to kids and teenagers the dangers of using tobacco products and e-cigarettes. As an ambassador for the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, I go to schools and perform skits and dances to educate children kindergarten through ninth grade about how dangerous one puff of tobacco or e-cigarette smoke can be to your body.
As a young girl, watching my uncle travel in and out of the hospital because of lung cancer was devastating. He used tobacco products and did not have the right information to know what his body would eventually go through. Like him, most people know that cigarettes and similar products can take a longer amount of time to harm the body. Vapes and e-cigarettes are moving up in society and becoming more popular every day. They are advertised as better for the body, easier to quit smoking, and less nicotine, but with the countless amount of deaths across the country they have been proven to have a more rapid effect on the systems of the body than cigarettes. I plan to help put an end to this epidemic of deaths because of e-cigarettes.
My platform, Understand Beforehand, reminds children, teenagers especially, to understand what products are in e-cigarettes and tobacco, how it can be harmful to your body, and what the consequences are before trying “just one time”. It is the most important thing to me that everyone stays healthy, body and brain, and has just the right amount of information to go and be a role model to others that are influenced with e-cigarette or tobacco related products.