Emily Warren

Miss Tupelo

Hometown: Pontotoc, MS

Scholastic Ambition: Graduate High School with honors and further my education at The University of Southern Mississippi and earn a degree in Elementary Education and eventually Administration

Scholastic Honors: 4.0 GPA; PHS ACT 30+ Club; National Honors Society; Invited to Mu Alpha Theta; Advanced Algebra 1 and Biology 1 State Test Scores; Member of Beta Club since Middle School; Woodmen of the World History Award

Talent: Alto Saxophone

Platform: You Matter- Mental Health and Suicide Awareness

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 from USM with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and beginning to teach in a classroom while earning my degree in Administration.

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 and the state championship.

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 and the state championship.

Best compliment you have ever received? A parent of a junior high band member stopped me one day to tell me the positive impact I had on her child, and it was one of the most heart lifting moments.

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? I got a black eye from catching an elbow with my cheekbone while back spotting a cheer stunt, and I looked like I had gotten into a fight!

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 superpower? 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. Vibrant

A Fun Family Fact? Both sets of my grandparents share the same middle name.

Hey, my name is Emily Warren, but most people just call me Em. My parents are Doug and Amanda Warren, and 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 junior. At school I’m involved in many extracurricular activities and clubs. I am a cheerleader, captain of the color guard team, on winter guard line, in the concert band, a member of the Beta Club, Special Olympics Club, and National Honors Society.

Through all of these activities, I have made many friends who 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 to 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 second year captain of my high school team and on the winter guard squad. I love preparing for performances; my coaches and teammates always know how to make practices fun and seeing all of our hard work payoff is one of the best parts. One of the most rewarding moments was winning the MHSAA 4A State Marching Championship and receiving 1st place 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.

My platform is called You Matter- Mental Health and Suicide Awareness. Being from a small town I never expected such a tragedy as suicide to happen. However in December of 2018, I awoke to the news of one of my fellow bandmates being found dead by his own hand. This person was so kind, so intelligent, so caring. I recalled long, hot rehearsals throughout marching season where they would be the first up the hill just to hold open the door for all 130 members of my band. I immediately placed blame on myself. What could I have done differently? Could I have saved their life? I realized that there was absolutely nothing I could do to bring them back, but that I can make a difference for the future and prevent such tragedies from repeating.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in ages 15-24. In the United States alone, 123 people die of suicide daily. One of the leading causes of suicide is depression. As a society, we place neglect on mental health, when in reality is a very real and serious issue and should be treated as such. Be sure to observe those around you. Be a light in someone’s life rather than a shadow. Talk to others about their mental health and if you are unable to help, direct them to someone who can. Lastly, you matter! You are made of atoms and atoms form matter. You matter!