Grace McClanahanMiss All America City
Hometown: Oxford, MS
Platform: ORGANize to Save Lives
Talent: Vocal Performance
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? University of Mississippi
What is your major? Marketing
What is your scholastic ambition? To continue my education at the Graduate level in both Acting and Music programs.
List scholastic honors: Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Chancellor’s Honor Roll, Provost Scholar, Earned a 4.0 GPA five semesters, member of several honor societies.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Being named to Ole Miss’s Who’s Who List
What is your favorite style of music? Top 40 Pop
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Comedy for sure! Laughter cures just about everything, and it brings people together!
What is your favorite gadget? I couldn’t make it without my laptop!
What is your favorite blog? Patricia Bright on YouTube is the best!
What is your favorite place to visit? You can’t beat the weather in Los Angeles!
What is your favorite food? Movie theater popcorn
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? A never-ending New York Times crossword puzzle book
Do you twitter? Yes! @dudeitsgrace
What is your favorite?
Sport: Recently it’s become Golf! Sports Team: Ole Miss Rebels
Actor: Dwayne Johnson Actress: Madison Iseman
Television Program: Criminal Minds
Wardrobe Accessory: A really cute jacket
Thing to do on a weekend: Go see a movie
Way to spend a day off: Grab a coffee from Starbucks and spend the day relaxing
What is your hometown like? Oxford is the coziest town in the country. There is a place for everyone. I could not have chosen a better town to call home during my college years! The people of Oxford make the town so open and welcoming.
What were you like when you were a child? A singer!! My parents have so many videos of me running around and putting on a show! I remember I loved shopping my mom’s closet and wearing her jewelry too. Anything to steal the spotlight!
Who is the most influential person in your life? I wouldn’t be where I am today without my Mom’s guidance. She constantly sacrifices to make sure that my brothers and I have the best life we can.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? That I have always loved school, especially math. Behind my blonde hair and bubbly personality is a total book worm!
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: Moving to a brand new city to start high school completely changed my life, and I am so thankful for it. Moving wasn’t hard because I ended up in an awesome choir and theatre program, and got an education that allowed me to graduate from Ole Miss debt free!
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? That giving back is just as important for you to do for yourself as it is to do for others. The opportunities of service this organization has provided me have shaped who I am and who I want to become. Without this system, I wouldn’t see the true value of service.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I want to see every square inch of the Hospitality State before my year is up! Mississippi has molded me into the woman I am today, and I want to meet the very people responsible for keeping our state the sweetest state there is.
What is your secret wish or dream? To become a skilled cake decorator!
I’m motivated by: My parents. They have made so many sacrifices to allow me to have opportunities, and I owe it to them to work crazy hard until I succeed.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? My family has several ties to Organ Donation, and I want to spread the message that Organ Donation is the greatest gift one could ever give, and an incredible legacy to leave behind.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? I can’t choose just one defining moment. To me, everyday causes a ripple effect that has shaped the way my life has gone. I am just so thankful to have been surrounded by incredible role models growing up that got me where I am today!
The one thing I can’t live without: Coffee!!!
My best friend would describe me as: Busy! I loved being involved on campus, and my friends would always here me listing off my jam-packed schedule at lunch. Luckily, I was always able to make time to see my girls!
Something interesting about my family: My mom is the 12th kid in her family, so I have a huge family!! Too many aunts and uncles and cousins to count.
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: I was performing my high school’s pageant, and I totally forgot the words to the end of my song! I wrapped up the last chorus and strutted off stage with the music still going like it was over!
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I’d like to be on a show like Impractical Jokers where hidden cameras catch people’s reactions to you doing crazy things in public. I would be so nervous, but I think it would be so fun!
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: Yes, I live in a zoo! I have two dogs, Otis and Winnie, and four cats, Buzz, Lucky, Fiona, and Marty.