Evans Rhett

Miss Southern Magnolia

Hometown:   Columbus                      

Scholastic Ambition:   Complete dental school

Scholastic Honors:      MAIS Honor Society, National Honors Society, Beta Club, HA Honor Roll

Talent: vocal performance

Platform:        Wake Up for Down Syndrome


 What makes you special and unique?   I am very tall (5’ 10”) for my age (16). I am outgoing and try to be congenial with everyone around me…even people I have just me. Those who know me best know that I work to do my best at whatever I do! 

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?I love to eat — a lot — which others don’t realize because I am slim. I can tumble; this surprises people because I am so tall.

Best advice you have ever received? Follow the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would like to be treated. (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”)

What can’t you live without?  I could not live without my family and my friends! Every single one of them is very special to me. When my relationships with them are as they should be, my world is a happy place!

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure is eating ANY kind of junk food. I also have a very active sweet tooth.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Hallmark movies are some of my favorite movies to watch because the ending is always a happy one. Everybody lives happily ever after!

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I will be in dental school or just starting my career as an orthodontist. I used to be afraid to smile because my teeth were not straight…but now I love to smile! In the future I want to do for others what my orthodontist did for me.

Most valuable lesson learned? When I lost a close friend in a swimming accident three years ago I realized that time is short and tomorrow is not promised to anyone. I want to be the person that others like to have as a friend.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My family role model is my grandmother Gigi; she always puts everyone else’s needs before her own. My celebrity role model is Selena Gomez; she has remained humble even while she has experienced great success in her career.

What motivates you? I am motivated to do well so that I can live up to the expectations of my family members and friends. I would like for them to be proud of what I accomplish. My goal in all areas is to put my best effort into everything I do.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? I sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” three times at the Mississippi Veterans Affairs annual board meeting and Veterans Day parade. I also sang the national anthem at a pro baseball game.

Best compliment you have ever received? My pastor once told me that he can see how important my spiritual life is to me and that I have the potential to be a role model to others in that respect.

Secret wish or dream? I have always dreamed of being a famous fashion model.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?Once while running onto the football field to perform in a cheerleading routine, I tripped and face-planted in front of everyone in the stadium.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would love to go swimming with sharks and to sky dive.

What is your super power? My super power is listening; I try to listen more than I talk.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? I have learned that Outstanding Teen is another family to which I now belong. I love meeting the girls with whom I am competing and our Miss MS big sisters. My directors have made me a part of their family…not just in pageants…but in life.

Describe yourself in one word. different

A Fun Family Fact? Everybody in my family can water-ski…even my four-year-old sister can too with my dad’s help!

My name is Evans Rhett. I am a 16-year-old high school junior at Heritage Academy in Columbus, Mississippi. I enjoy being outdoors. I also love exercising and work out as often as I can. Binge-watching Netflex and going thrift shopping with my friends are two of my favorite pastimes. I love eating just about anything; Mexican food and sweets are my favorites.

One of my greatest passions is singing. I love many kinds of music; French pop is one of my favorites. Often I am asked to sing the national anthem at sports events, school assemblies, veterans events, and community activities. I enjoy these and many other opportunities to perform. Being a part of school and church musical productions is another way that I enjoy sharing music with others.

Another activity in which I am involved is volunteer work. I have been a volunteer at cheer camps, music camps, and other activities for boys and girls in our community. I have worked as a volunteer at Boys & Girls Clubs in Helping Hands projects such as “Crock Out Hunger.” Most recently I have been able to volunteer at an educational community center where my little cousin Wake attends. I believe that it is important to give back to my town and community with my time and my talents. I look forward to putting in many hours as I promote my platform, Wake Up for Down Syndrome.” I want to make others aware of the challenges of families who have children who have Down syndrome or other disabilities.

For several years I have been a member of a competitive cheer team as well as my school cheer squad. My involvement in these cheer teams has shown me what it means to be a member of a group that relies on each other to achieve success. Friendships I have formed and memories I have made in cheer will always be important to me.