Emily WarrenMiss Bodock
Hometown: Pontotoc, MS
Hobbies: I enjoy cheerleading, color guard, playing and listening to music, playing the saxophone, reading, being active in my youth group, performing in theatre, and spending time with friends.
School: Pontotoc High School
Scholastic Ambition: Graduate High School with honors and further my education at Mississippi State University and major in Journalism and Mass Communications
Scholastic Honors: 4.0 GPA; Competed in the Math and Science Tournament at Blue Mountain Community College; Advanced Algebra 1 and Biology 1 State Test Scores; Member of Beta Club since 5th Grade; Woodmen of the World History Award
Talent: Indoor Flag Routine
Platform: Mentoring in Math and the Arts
What makes you special and unique?
My red hair makes me very unique because only 2% of the world shares my hair color.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?
I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist.
Best advice you have ever received?
My dad once told me to always remember that no one is any better than me, and I am no better than anyone else.
What can’t you live without?
Personally, I couldn’t live without my faith.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
Definitely sweet tea, it’s so hard for me to turn down a glass.
What is your favorite movie genre and why?
I love romance movies and chick flicks. I love getting involved in the story lines, even though I end up crying by the end almost every time.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I see myself as a graduate of Mississippi State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications and beginning my career as a news anchor.
Most valuable lesson learned?
Always listen to your parents advice.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?
Jennifer Dodson is one of my most valued role models. She is like a second mother to me, and I would not be half of the person I am without her.
What motivates you?
Wanting to be the best I can be
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title?
A great accomplishment for me was being selected as a captain of my color guard team which went on to win 1st place color guard in the state championship.
Best compliment you have ever received?
I had been having an awful day, and someone had stopped to tell me how pretty I was. It definitely made my day!
Secret wish or dream?
I would love to travel across Europe and see all the history it holds in person.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
One day I fell during band practice while our director was videoing us to watch later.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you?
I’ve always wanted to go skydiving!
What is your super power?
My ability to encourage others
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program?
It has taught me how to be myself!
Describe yourself in one word.
A Fun Family Fact?
Both sets of my grandparents share the same middle name.
Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are. Keep in mind the questions you’ve already been asked and include other things that you would like people to know about you.
Hey, my name is Emily Warren, but most people just call me Em. My parents are Doug and Amanda Warren. I have two little sisters, Josie and Kiley, who are 17 months apart. I am from the small town of Pontotoc and attend Pontotoc High School where I am a sophomore. At school, I’m involved in many extracurricular activities and clubs. I am a cheerleader, captain of the color guard team, on winterguard line, in the concert band and am a member of the Beta Club, Special Olympics Club, FCA and Sheltered Life Club. Through all of these activities, I have made many friends whom I wouldn’t trade for the world. I would definitely say that I love to talk. I am always eager to start a conversation and meet new people. However, I have not always been that way. Pageants have always been a part of my life and have helped me come out of my shell and learn how to express myself. Even though I am very girly, I love watching football! Whether it’s my Warriors or the Dawgs, my eyes are glued to the game. I also love children. My mom calls me a “kid magnet” because almost anywhere I go, I have a child hugging all over me!
One of my favorite things to do is color guard. I started in 7th grade by performing in my local Christmas parade with my Jr. High band. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked. Now I am a captain of my high school team and on the winterguard squad. I love preparing for performances. My coaches and teammates always know how to make practices fun. Seeing all of our hard work pay off is one of the best parts of performing. One of the most rewarding moments was winning the MHSAA 4A State Marching Championship and receiving 1st place in color guard. It was truly an experience I will never forget! But overall, I just love performing–it is my way to escape to a world where it’s just me, the flag or rifle, and the music.
Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject. Be sure to name your platform and give a brief explanation of its purpose as well.
My platform, Mentoring in Mathematics and the Arts, will help people who want extra help in math or the arts by being mentored by positive and encouraging volunteers. Through my program, students would have the opportunity to excel in math or their desired area of the arts. Both of these areas have greatly influenced my school career and my entire life. At a glance, math may seem like something that’s not that important; but it is actually very useful in many occupations, as well as teaching many life lessons. For example, there are many different ways to solve one math problem; and just like in life, there are so many ways to approach and solve a problem. On the other hand, the arts allow people to express themselves in a fun way that is unique to them. Band and color guard have greatly influenced me. I have found such a love and joy in both of them; and, like math, being involved in the arts has taught me many life lessons. Participating in the arts has taught me to always be myself, how to be part of a team, and practice makes perfect among other things.
Based on nationwide test scores, only 26% seniors score proficient in math. By allowing a positive one on one atmosphere for students to learn more effectively, this number could increase dramatically. Meanwhile, around the country, art programs are cut yearly because they’re considered to be “extra.” On the contrary, it has been proven that the arts help to excel the development of the brain, and helps students academically. It has been proven that students who are involved in the arts tend to have higher math and science scores. This program could push our state to new academic levels while still keeping it fun and pleasurable for its participants.