Gracie Mae HendrixMiss Presley Heights
Scholastic Ambition: I want to be Valedictorian of my class and have a doctorate in pediatrics.
Scholastic Honors: All a’s every year, class president 4 years in a row, president of jr. beta, member of the school’s broadcasting team, and a member of jr. civitan club
Platform: Speak Up For Speech
What makes you special and unique? I view myself as a unique because of my talent. Yes other people clogghowever I am one of the few in this area and definitely the only one that does my style clogging.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? Sometimes (if people don’t really know me) they think I am very quiet and contained however I am the COMPLETE opposite! I am very loud and bubbly not to mention outgoing!
Best advice you have ever received? Although it sounds cliche the best advice I have ever received was from my sister and she told me that people are jealous of accomplished people like me. With this she also told me to never let those people bother me and she also said to never let them rule my life.
What can’t you live without? I cannot live without my sweet tea. I take a 32 oz. thermos to school every day. I treat my sweet tea the same as someone else would treat their coffee.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure is bath face mask. I participate in a subscription box called Boxy Charm, and they send me face mask along with other makeup. With these masks that are sent to me i can’t just let them sit there so i use them ALOT.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love comedy movies! I am a very fun and bubbly person so most comedy movies just go along with my personality!
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I see myself being in college, about to graduate college, or already graduated.
Most valuable lesson learned? I have learned to not let the bad things get to me and live my best life. This world is full of negativity and I hope to be a positive light for the people around me.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? Helen McDougald has been a major role model these past couple of years due to our interactions at dance, pageants, and our mall runs. She has paved the path for my pageant journey and helped me tremendously with the preparation of the Outstanding Teen Pageant. She taught me how to do my hair, and makeup, but i look up to her the most because of how she taught me to be a lady of class.
What motivates you? I am motivated by my family and my goal to make them proud but also my personal goal to be the best that I can be.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest accomplishment is when my competitive dance team, Art In Motion, won national championship and Kar nationals dance competition.
Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment I have ever received was from my 8th grade science teacher Mrs. Willis. That day she told me that I was a beautiful person with a beautiful personality and that i will do great things with my life.
Secret wish or dream? I have a secret wish to be able to have my own fashion line and be a celebrity fashion designer.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? The most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me is when my mom TRIED to dance in front of all of my friends at a dance competition. Let’s just say I was mortified.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I am a very picky eater and rarely eat anything off the wall however I would like to try oysters.
What is your super power? I feel that my superpower is lifting others up and giving pep talks. I love to I’ve pep talks that help others with their situation especially when the talks help me as well.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? ? I have learned that you should be yourself and the best version of yourself but at the same time not who you think everyone wants you to be.
Describe yourself in one word. Peppy
A Fun Family Fact? Me and my half-sister, Lakyn Kirk, are 14 years apart in age.
I am Gracie Mae Hendrix the daughter of Les and Melissa Hendrix. I am currently 15 years old and in the 9th grade. I attend high school in the small town of Nettleton. I won the preliminary title of Miss Presley Heights Outstanding Teen in Tupelo, Mississippi. I am very active in my school like said before, and I am also a member of my church’s drama team. This will be my third year competing in this pageant, and I could not be more excited! I love this program because of the opportunities I get to communicate with others, perform, and raise awareness about my platform: each of which are things that I am passionate about.
At an early age I struggled with a speech impediment which lead me unable to properly pronounce the letters “L” and “R”. As a kindergartener pronouncing my name as “Gwacie” was just so cute to everyone; however, the older I became the more I felt my friends surpassing me in the classroom. Despite my ability to cognitively process any information, to present information was often scary and embarrassing for me. From kindergarten to 3rd grade I worked diligently to improve my speech.
Now as a young woman I feel it is important to Speak up for Speech. I aim to use my platform and the voice bestowed upon me to raise awareness about early detection of speech impairments. I feel as though my experience of embarrassment and struggle with speech impairments has opened the door to help others find their voice.