Haley JonesMiss Delta Blues
Hometown: Shannon, MS
Scholastic Ambition: Graduate from Ole Miss with a Bachelor’s Degree in a medical field
Scholastic Honors: BETA Club, Student Council, Honor Roll, Student of the Month
Talent: Speed Painting
Platform: No One Fights Alone – Colon Cancer Awareness
What makes you special and unique? I can be a Plain Jane or Girlie Girl. One day I may be helping my grandparents in the garden, knee deep in mud, and the next day be in heels and a ball gown competing in a pageant.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? One thing people may not realize about me is I have a love for sunsets. I love to paint them, take pictures of them and on occasion, watch one in person.
Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I’ve ever received was to just be myself because God made me who I am.
What can’t you live without? I cannot live without Jesus and sweet tea.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure would have to be Cookies and Cream frozen yogurt. The local store I go to doesn’t have it very often so it’s a treat when they do.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love romance movies! Just seeing people fall in love makes me all mushy inside.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years, I hope to have graduated from college, working in a career that allows me to help others.
Most valuable lesson learned? The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is to spend as much time with your family and friends as possible. You never know when you will lose them.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My role model is Sadie Robertson from Duck Dynasty. No matter the situation, she always allows God to lead her.
What motivates you? My mom is my biggest motivator. She’s always there to encourage me and reminding me that I can do anything that I put my mind to.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? One of my greatest accomplishments is winning the Mississippi Anti-Tobacco Campaign when I was in the 2nd grade. My drawing was chosen to be put on billboards and stickers that were handed out to schools all over Mississippi.
Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment I ever received was from a little girl in my church that went as me for her Halloween costume. She was dressed in her best Sunday school dress and heels.
Secret wish or dream? My secret wish is to be a published writer of love stories. I want to be the next Nicholas Sparks.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? The most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me was while I was inner tubing on the TN River and I was thrown off. Unfortunately, so were my swimsuit bottoms. Thank goodness, my toes caught them or I’d been getting out literally “butt” naked.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would love to go bungee jumping, which may surprise some because I’m not much of a risk taker.
What is your super power? My super power is my sense of humor. I can usually make anyone smile.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? The most important thing I’ve learned from being in this program is that you can always find a new best friend even if she’s your competition.
Describe yourself in one word. If I had to describe myself in one word, it would be goofy.
A Fun Family Fact? My family fun fact is that we are related to Pocahontas and it’s not from John Smith like you would think.
My name is Haley Jones. I am 16 years old and a sophomore at Shannon High School. My grades are very important to me and I love being involved in every activity I can sign up for. I am currently a cheerleader, in the BETA Club, student council, FCA club and the gifted art program. I love to draw and paint but my favorite things to paint are sunsets. I even have a beach cottage themed bedroom with several sunset pictures hanging up. I love to go to my grandparent’s cabin on the Tennessee River and watch the sunset from the pier. There’s something about the way it hits the water and makes it sparkle that I love; I never get tired of watching it. I live with my mom, Kristy, my dog, Rebel and my Beta fish, Mr. Bubbles. I love listening to music, watching romance movies on the Hallmark channel and going shopping. My favorite place to shop would have to be Ulta because I love shopping for makeup. I am a very picky eater, but my favorite food would have to be chicken nuggets. I won’t eat them from just anywhere, but if you’re going to Applebee’s or Chick-Fil-A, I will race you to the car. I even got a job at a locally owned chicken restaurant called Connie’s Chicken. We have the best chicken strips, onion rings and homemade blueberry donuts in Tupelo. I recently got my driver’s license. It still makes me nervous to drive in town, but I’m getting there. I’m a member of Brewer Baptist Church and a part of my youth group there. I am very passionate about God and not afraid to tell others about Jesus and how He gets me through my day. After high school, I plan on attending Northeast Community College and then finishing up at Ole Miss. I’ve been tossing around the idea of physical therapy but I haven’t decided quite yet what I want to be when I grow up. Whatever it is, I hope to be helping others. For the past 6 summers, I’ve worked on my grandfather’s farm helping him out with his garden. We grow corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers, peas and turnip and collard greens. I also help him out by cutting his grass around the house and out in the pasture. That’s my favorite part. He has a large tractor with a radio and air conditioner, so I have no problems cutting those 10 acres. I love to make others laugh and I love meeting new people. I guess that’s why my favorite quote is, “She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes”.
My platform is No One Fights Alone – Colon Cancer Awareness. I first became aware of the risk involved with colon cancer when my grandmother was diagnosed in June 2014 and I found out others in my family had previously been diagnosed with it too. My grandmother had surgery and the mass was removed before it busted and she has been cancer free ever since. It was during his time that I learned that early detection is the biggest way to prevent colon cancer. I believe spreading the word about early detection could help save lives. I became an advocate for early detection and began speaking to others in my community and school about preventative methods like watching your diet, exercising and having a colonoscopy. Then things got even closer to home. In March, 2017, my mom and I were volunteering at the Run For Your Buns Colon Cancer Walk and the hospital was handing out free FIT tests (Fecal Immunochemical Test). My mom volunteered to get a test to support me and my cause. After taking the test and mailing it back in, the nurse called her and said her test came back positive for blood so she needed to set up a colonoscopy. They found a large polyp the size of your thumb that had to be tested. Thankfully, all results came back negative for cancer. But due to the size, the doctor told her if she had not gotten this out when she did, it would have turned to cancer. My mom jokes that how many people could say their 14-year-old saved their life. This event changed everything for me. I realized teens could be heroes too. Simply by having teens tell their parents how important it is to get physicals with their doctors and being aware of their family history, they could save their parents lives just like I did with my mom. My hope is that this will increase the number of people talking about colon cancer awareness and cause others hearing about it to get early screenings. By involving the whole family in cancer awareness, we can ensure that no one fights alone and through early detection, save lives.