Gracie WeedenMiss Golden Triangle
Scholastic Ambition: To attend the University of Mississippi and then Southern College of Optometry
Scholastic Honors: All A Honor Roll, Science Fair and Reading Fair Winner
Platform: All in 4 the Arts
What makes you special and unique? Obviously, my red hair! It’s a conversation piece wherever I go.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? One thing about me people don’t really realize is that I’m only 13. They generally see me as much older, partly due to my height, but also my maturity. I am the baby of a much older brother and some older cousins .I guess you could say I was just born older.
Best advice you have ever received? If a person is weighing you down and not letting you fly you must let them go.
What can’t you live without? Chocolate, and of course, water, air and sunlight, which is the correct answer, but really, for me just chocolate!
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? The giant chocolate chip skillet cookie from Corner 415 in my home town.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Comedy. I always enjoy watching something funny and laughing with my friends and family!
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years, I see myself finished with undergrad school and well on my way to becoming an optometrist just like my father
Most valuable lesson learned? Continuing in the same behavior, will not yield different results.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? Mrs. Sandra Strain! She is kind, encouraging, funny, and motivates you to always want to do your very best. This year she has experienced great adversity, but she knows where her faith lies and isn’t afraid to declare it!
What motivates you? My family, always! They support me 100% of the time.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Attending the World Dance Championship with my company team where we placed 15th overall.
Best compliment you have ever received? A lady at my first MOT prelim told my mom that as a dancer I reminded her of Tanner Fant. She is an amazing dancer and I was so honored by that compliment!
Secret wish or dream? To become an author. I love books, and reading. I especially love being creative and writing my own stories.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? Funniest, true story about me happened when I was 2, while dining with my family I pulled an entire new package of panties from my purse and modeled each pair on my head. The entire restaurant was pointing and laughing before my parents realized anything was going on.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Karaoke, I would to perform but I can’t sing a lick!
What is your super power? I like to think I’m a dog whisperer! I can get the dogs in my home to do just about anything when no one else can.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? The most important thing I have learned is one cannot continue to do the same things over and over and expect different results.
Describe yourself in one word. Blessed!
A Fun Family Fact? We laugh a lot! It keeps us sane!
I am 13 years old, and I love anything art related. I love animals and can’t stand to see them hurting, hungry or homeless! We have 3 dogs, 2 cats and a turtle. As a Christian, service is my way of life. Whether it be tutoring at my church’s public housing tutoring program, delivering birthday cards in the neighborhood, serving summer lunches, or dressing up as the Easter bunny, I love to be actively serving in my church, school and community wherever and whenever there is an opportunity! Another passion I have is reading and books. I love to read and step into someone else’s life. It’s an awesome means of escape! I love exercise and outdoor sports. I’ve been snow skiing most of my life, I water ski, swim, and I hope to become a decent golfer, although I have a ways to go there. I am an active member of the Girl Scouts, where I’ve gained skills and made friends to last a lifetime.
My platform is “All in 4 the Arts” with the number 4 being an essential part of my plan. The purpose of “All in 4 the Arts” is to use the arts for crossing the barriers of race, age, socioeconomics, and sexual stereotypes. The arts is my passion! Although my personal discipline is dance, I hope to promote and provide a vast array of art experiences to those who may not afford those opportunities, whether it be me offering ballet classes at public housing community centers, providing scholarships for kids to take piano, voice, drama, etc. I recently did one of my Bundt Cakes for Ballet fundraisers to help offset costs for my mom to take the entire 4th grade at my school to a theater production. I provide art opportunities at local assisted living centers for the elderly as well as promote and assist in art functions in my community! My plan is not only to provide a simple summer camp, or master class, but it is to stick with some of these kids long term, hopefully changing their quality of life in a positive and lasting way.