Emily Miller

Miss Rhythm & Blues

Hometown:  Madison

Platform:  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Talent:   Vocal – Musical

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

What is your major?  Communications/Public Relations

What is your scholastic ambition?  Graduate with Masters in Public Relations and minor in Political Science

List scholastic honors:   President’s List 2016-2017; 3.66 GPA;  Member of Public Relations Student Society of America; Member of Public Relations Associations of Mississippi; Member of Stennis Montgomery Association; Mississippi Mock Security Council

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:  Climbing an active volcano in Nicaragua

What is your favorite style of music?  Alternative

What is your favorite movie genre and why?    I love musicals, most recently The Greatest Showman, because of the energy and the story it tells. I have been in musicals since 7th grade and never get tired of the watching, performing, and listening to them.

What is your favorite gadget?    My Keurig because I drink 5-6 cups of tea a day, and after a long day of class there is nothing better than coming home and making myself a cup of tea to relax.

What is your favorite blog?        I get most of my workout and healthy eating tips from Tone It Up blog.  I love saving videos to get new and fun workout routines because maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a high priority for me.

What is your favorite place to visit?    My favorite spot is Smith Lake, Alabama.  My family has been going Labor Day weekend for several years, and it’s my own piece of heaven.

What is your favorite food?       

I can eat sushi for every single meal and be content.

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?    I would bring Lord of Discipline by Pat Conroy because it is not only my favorite book, but Conroy’s style of writing is impeccable and timeless.

Do you twitter?  Even though I’m a Communications major, oddly enough, I do not Tweet.

What is your favorite?

Sport: Soccer

Sports Team:  Manchester City

Actor: Martin Sheen                                                                 

Actress:   Kerry Washington

Television Program:  West Wing

Wardrobe Accessory:  Nails

Thing to do on a weekend:  Yoga, visit family, and enjoy student life on campus

Way to spend a day off:  In bed with a hot cup of tea either watching Glee, West Wing, or The Office.

What is your hometown like?    Madison is a place where you could go anywhere in town and see at least three people you know.  Whether I barely know them or saw that person yesterday, I could have a thirty minute conversation like I haven’t seen them in years.

What were you like when you were a child?    I was an overly energetic child always entertaining my parents and their friends to Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears dance routines in my living room.  Those performances were a precursor for my musical theatre career.

Who is the most influential person in your life?    My grandfather is my person.  He is a man of few words, but he is easily one of the funniest people I know, my favorite roller coaster buddy, and the person I aspire to be like in the future.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?   People don’t realize that I am interested in politics and hope to one day work as the White House Press Secretary.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:   My mission trip to Nicaragua defined the sorority I chose, which then inspired me to get involved in philanthropy, which then defined my platform for Miss Mississippi

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?   I’ve learned that all the pageant stereotypes that outsiders assume are true, are actually so far from the truth.  The Miss America Organization is full of intellectual, talented, and selfless women, and people aren’t aware of this.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?   I would want to raise awareness not only for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals but for St. Jude as well as get students excited and involved in local government.

What is your secret wish or dream?    My secret dream is to be on Broadway and win lots of Tony awards.

I’m motivated by:  My goal of working in the White House

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?   Up until I was a sophomore in high school I was in and out of the hospital with an ear tumor called Cholesteatoma, so I understand what it means to undergo multiple surgeries and stay in a hospital.  I am also apart of Tri Delta sorority and St. Jude is our philanthropy, so St. Jude is a big part of my life.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?   My mission trip to Nicaragua to build schools and water systems for rural areas that didn’t have access to clean water showed me exactly how privileged I am and how we take everyday things for granted.

The one thing I can’t live without:         Tea and my Ben Franklin mug

My best friend would describe me as:  Energetic, bubbly, and goofy

Something interesting about my family:  My dad’s side of the family is German, so one of our Christmas traditions is to hang a pickle ornament last and the first child to find it gets a cash prize.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:   One time I went to the wrong class for two weeks until I realized that I was in the wrong class and had to get up and leave in the middle of class while everyone stared.

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:    I want to go Switzerland during the winter because I did a project on it in the 9th grade, but I absolutely hate the cold.

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:   I have two dogs.  One mini Australian Shepherd named Roscoe and a yorkie named Toby.