Hannah Alyss OwenMiss Brandon
Platform: Autism Awareness
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Mississippi State University
What is your major? Kinesiology
What is your scholastic ambition? After receiving my Bachelors of Kinesiology from MSU, to the University of Mississippi Medical center to obtain my Doctorate of Occupational Therapy.
List scholastic honors: Mississippi Scholar, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Exercise Science Honor Society, Dean’s List
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Competing in the Warrior Dash World Championship.
What is your favorite style of music? Christian and pop
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Comedy. I enjoy something not so serious and love a good laugh.
What is your favorite gadget? GPS and phone maps
What is your favorite blog? I do not have a specific favorite, but I enjoy political and beauty blogs.
What is your favorite place to visit? Galette Chambon, Haiti, where my precious sponsor child, Madribe, lives
What is your favorite food? Cheesecake
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? The Bible
Do you twitter? Yes! follow me @hannah0wenn
What is your favorite?
Sports Team: Golden State Warriors
Actor: Chris Hemsworth
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Television Program: Fixer Upper on HGTV
Wardrobe Accessory: My opal ring
Thing to do on a weekend: grab dinner, go to Target, and catch a movie
Way to spend a day off: reading a good book, or catching up with friends and family
What is your hometown like? Summit is a small, quiet town with a “homey” feel, perfect for retirees. The outskirts of Summit has some beautiful houses on large pieces of land that provide a quiet environment while at the same time not being too far away from the city and shopping.
What were you like when you were a child? As a child, I was very sassy, determined, and strong-willed. I loved to read and always won awards in the accelerated reading program at school, having a very competitive nature from a young age.
Who is the most influential person in your life? My mom is the most influential person in my life. Not only is she my best friend, but her life is a prime example of what being a God-fearing, Christian woman truly is.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? Growing up, I was often bullied for having red hair and fair skin, and until I was in high school, I struggled with self-confidence. I finally realized I had nothing to be ashamed of, embracing my firey hair knowing that I am made in God’s image.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: One defining moment in my life would be graduating with an associate’s degree in only one year, realizing that I really can accomplish any dream or goal that I may have.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? Through being in the Miss America Program, I have realized how important it is to be yourself, rather than who or what you think others may want you to be.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? During my year of service, I would hope to reach every corner of the state of Mississippi bringing awareness to autism and advocating for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I love kids and would like to put a smile on as many faces as possible.
What is your secret wish or dream? A dream of mine would be to put on a concert one day or to open for a big name artist.
I’m motivated by: I am motivated by knowing that I am always being watched by a younger generation- hoping to be a role model in everything that I do.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Absolutely. Not only do I have a cousin with autism, but I have spent my summers at Camp Sunshine, a camp for handicapped and adults for many years, working with autistic individuals from all ends of the spectrum and falling in love with each.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? In November of 2017, I was in a plane crash. This event gave me a first-hand understanding that just because I am young, I am not invincible. Through this, I realized the importance of living each day as if it may be your last.
The one thing I can’t live without: I could never make it in life without my faith in God.
My best friend would describe me as: My best friend would describe me as having a big heart for others and for service, being very focused, determined, and outgoing. I am willing to lend a hand at any time.
Something interesting about my family: My family rarely eats out, preferring a home-cooked dinner together as a family over a restaurant. We are also all roller coaster junkies and love theme park hopping.
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: I will never forget dropping my dress in the toilet before prom junior year of high school. My friends and I were eating out before the dance and when I went to the restroom to freshen up, I ended up dropping the bottom of my dress in the toilet, having to wear it the rest of the evening.
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I would love to go to the opera one day.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: Yes, I have the most precious teacup yorkie named Kandi.