Emma Gaddy

Miss Spirit of the South

Hometown:   Moulton, AL

Platform:  Big Brother Big Sister

Talent:   Dance

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

What is your major?         Integrated Marketing and Communications with a Specialization in Sports Promotion and Communication                                                                                                   

What is your scholastic ambition?       To obtain a B.S. in Integrated Marketing and Communications, then a juris doctorate degree after undergrad.

List scholastic honors:                Academic Excellence Scholar, Holmes Scholar, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Ole Miss Scholar Athlete

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:     Making the Ole Miss Rebelette dance team!

What is your favorite style of music?  Hip-Hop and R&B!

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  Romantic comedies! I’m a sucker for a love story, but I also enjoy a good laugh.

What is your favorite gadget?    My cellphone!

What is your favorite blog?   She ReadsTruth

What is your favorite place to visit?    Anywhere close to an ocean!

What is your favorite food?   Queso!

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?  “Unqualified” by Steven Furtick

Do you twitter?  Yes! I love Twitter!

What is your favorite?

Sport:   Football                                               

Sports Team:  The Ole Miss Rebels!

Actor:   Zac Efron                                                        

 Actress:   Emma Stone

Television Program:  “Chopped”

Wardrobe Accessory:  Hoop Earrings!

Thing to do on a weekend:  Cheer on the Rebels in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium!

Way to spend a day off:  Laying in my bed watching Food Network!

Please keep the answers to the following question to two sentences or less:

What is your hometown like?    My hometown of Moulton, AL is the epitome of Small Town, USA. Everyone knows everyone, and you can always count on having a helping hand.

What were you like when you were a child?     I was a girly, adventurous tomboy. One moment I may be hosting a fashion show in my living room, and the next I would be hiking around the riverbank that surrounded our neighborhood.

Who is the most influential person in your life?  My mother. She works harder than anyone I have ever met, and ensures that I have the resources I need to be successful. She is my biggest cheerleader!

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?   I am an extroverted-introvert. I love being surrounded by friends and making new ones, but I also love my alone time. I actually refer to my bed as my “turtle-shell.”

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:    Making the Ole Miss Rebelette dance team. I have been a dancer since I was two years old, and this was a goal that I had dreamt about my whole life. Making the team allowed me to see that if you work hard enough, your dreams are possible.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?

I have learned what it means to represent something much bigger than myself. As a titleholder, I am not only representing my local title, I am representing the state of Mississippi, my personal platform, and the Miss America Organization as a whole.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?    As Miss Mississippi, I want to take steps to establish a mentorship program, such as Big Brother Big Sister, in every region in the state. I want to ensure that every child in need has a person in their life who encourages them to be successful, despite the circumstances surrounding them.

What is your secret wish or dream?    To appear on “Chopped!”

I’m motivated by:  My faith. I have been taught from a young age that if you are blessed with a talent, it is your duty to use that talent to be a blessing to others.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?   I chose my personal platform based on my life experiences, not necessarily because of a single personal connection. I have a passion for mentoring children and believe the Big Brother Big Sister organization gives me the perfect avenue to do so.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?   The moment I began to compete in the Miss America Organization. This system shaped me from a stubborn, know-it-all preteen to a humble, confident woman who values service to others.

The one thing I can’t live without:         My planner!

My best friend would describe me as:             My best friend would describe me as “extra.” I am an “all in” kind of person, regardless of what I am doing. I chase my dreams head on, and I have a genuine love for life and excitement.                                                       

Something interesting about my family:         I have thirty-six educators in my family, however I have never desired to work in education.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:   Rolling my ankle during the Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit portion of competition. Contrary to popular belief, the iconic “swimsuit spin” is not as easy as it looks. *cue audience gasp*

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:  I would love to train for a marathon even though I am not the biggest fan of running. I enjoy working out and leading a healthy lifestyle, so training for a marathon would be a fun challenge for me!

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:            I do not have any pets, but my dream pet is a Golden-Doodle named Magnolia.