Emily Lynn Tingle

Miss North Central Mississippi

Hometown:   Vicksburg, MS

Platform:       37 Books

Talent:           Classical Piano

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?  Mississippi State University

What is your major?  Political Science and Communications -Public Relations

What is your scholastic ambition?  Obtain a Juris Doctorate and practice domestic law and obtain a Ph. D. in Public Policy

List scholastic honors:     Stennis Scholar, President’s Scholar,     4.5 GPA in highschool, graduated 6th in class

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:  attending Harvard’s Public Policy and Leadership Conference

What is your favorite style of music?  Indie

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  Drama because I love a well written plot with a dramatic ending.

What is your favorite gadget? laptop

What is your favorite blog?  I have my own check it out at womendreamanddo.blogspot.com

What is your favorite place to visit?  Washington D.C.

What is your favorite food?  Chocolate Chip Pancakes

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?  Fun and Exciting Things To Do on an Island

Do you twitter?  Yes, follow me @emtingle11

What is your favorite?

Sport:            Football                                  Sports Team: MSU who else?

Actor: Leonardo Di Caprio             Actress:   Emma Watson

Television Program:  Madam Secretary

Wardrobe Accessory:       earrings

Thing to do on a weekend:  explore a new place

Way to spend a day off:    Reading and blogging

What is your hometown like?  My hometown is historic, beautiful, and home to the Miss Mississippi Pageant of course!

What were you like when you were a child?  I was extremely shy, but also artistic and kind of a tom boy.

Who is the most influential person in your life?  My grandmother who always tells me to stand up for what you believe in even if people do not agree.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I have a rare blood disorder that actually causes me to occasionally turn blue.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: When I collected over 3,000 books within the first year of starting my 37 Books organization. It has pushed me into setting higher goals and always thinking big.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? That you can make a difference and influence the life of every child you meet.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I will collect over 15,000 books for my platform 37 Books and speak at more schools than any other title holder. I wish to truly make a difference in children in the foster care system and encourage them to succeed. I also want to maintain a partnership with Excel by 5 organizations across Mississippi in order to accomplish this.

What is your secret wish or dream?  To meet Ellen DeGeneres

I’m motivated by:    Ghandi’s “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Yes, when I was originally diagnosed with my blood disorder, it was believed that I may not be able to have my own children. I became interested in the foster care system and adoption and wanted to make a difference in these children’s lives through books. Now instead of having 1 or 2 children I have around 4,500.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? Gay marriage legalized in all states.

The one thing I can’t live without: coffee or hot tea

My best friend would describe me as:  Quirky, passionate, and caring

Something interesting about my family:  My grandmother protested at Auburn University for women to be able to wear pants.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:  Tripping on the stairs before speaking.

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:  Ziplining through a rain forest. I’m terrified of heights!

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:  Proud Aunt of a Shih Tzu named Bourjon