Hannah LaRose Briscoe

Miss Lake City’s OT

Hometown:   Gore Springs, MS

Scholastic Ambition:   University of Mississippi Teacher Education Program

Scholastic Honors:   Superintendent’s Award; Regions Bank Award; Bancorp South Award; Duke Tip Scholar; GMS Science Fair 1st Place Chemistry; Mississippi Regional Science Fair 5th Place Chemistry; Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Essay Contest 3rd Place; DAR Youth Citizenship Award; PSAT Participant

Talent:    Vocal

Platform:   Music Therapy

 What makes you special and unique? I love to hang out with little kids and baby sit in the church nursery. I love to watch their expressions when they see their faces on Snap Chat filters. I also like completing Mad Libs puzzles.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? Although I may seem a little quiet, I love to have carpool karaoke jam sessions.

Best advice you have ever received? My mama always tells me to pray about things…big things, small things, and everything in between.

What can’t you live without? I can’t live without my dogs, Ky and Hotty!

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?  My biggest guilty pleasure is the pink drink and a warm croissant from Star Bucks.  We don’t have a location in our town, so I always beg my mom to stop when we see one.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love comedies. I spend so much of my time studying and practicing with my show choir, so it’s nice to let my hair down and have a good laugh with a Will Ferrell movie.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see myself teaching kindergarten or a special education class.

Most valuable lesson learned? Always check the tag before you wash your clothes.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?   My uncle Jacob is my most valued role model. He is so knowledgeable about so many things. He always goes above and beyond to spend time with me even though he is away most of the time with his travel nursing job. He challenges me to step out of the box and be different. He has taught me so many things about my Christian faith.

What motivates you?   I have always had a strange drive to become independent and self-sufficient. My mom has always taught me to strive to do things on my own. Now is a great time for me to set those good habits into place.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My high school show choir recently won grand champions two times back to back. We worked really hard to improve from last year’s show.

Best compliment you have ever received? A parent of a child I recently babysat told my mom that her 3-year-old son has started praying for me every night before he goes to bed. I thought we were just playing games and eating snacks all night, but we must have really bonded.

Secret wish or dream? I want to watch a musical on Broadway in New York.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I fell off the back of a riser at a show choir competition my freshman year of high school.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I am an adventurous gal. I would like to try some weird foods like squid or shark.

What is your super power? Baking is my super power. I can make just about anything that comes with instructions.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? Always make friends. All the girls in the program are so friendly, so don’t be afraid to get out there and be sociable.

Describe yourself in one word. Genuine

A Fun Family Fact? My mom, sister, and I often get mistaken for sisters. We have the same facial features and body types. We also all have blonde hair.

I live in the small town of Gore Springs, which is about 20 minutes east of Grenada. You can often find me hunting white tail deer or fishing for Crappie with my daddy or riding bikes with my sister. I love spontaneous road trips with my mom and aunt where we can watch movies or try new restaurants. On rainy days, I love curling up in my Eno hammock with a good Nicholas Sparks novel, scrolling through Pinterest to look for crafting ideas or recipes, and spinning my favorite Michael Buble’ and Taylor Swift records on my record player.

For the past ten years, I have played for several fast-pitch softball teams/organizations. I recently “closed that chapter” of my life in order to pursue my passion for singing, dancing, and working with children. While it was a very hard decision to make, my parents have always encouraged me that the Lord closes and opens doors of opportunity in order to fulfill his purpose for our lives. All you have to do is have faith, turn the knob, and walk through the door.

We live in a world where people of all ages suffer from physical and emotional challenges. While the majority of ways in which people deal with these challenges falls into the category of medicinal treatment, research is beginning to show that music therapy has a powerful effect on many issues such as pain, depression, and disease, just to name a few.

Because music is a universal language, it’s not uncommon for people to turn on their favorite song and “mellow out” or simply “unwind.” This very routine behavior is showing increasing benefits to many people. Not only can listening to music help ward off pain, depression, or sickness, but also writing/responding to songs, or playing instruments can have positive effects on your physical and mental well-being.

As a part of my “Music Mends” platform, I have partnered with Sharon R. Boyle, Associate Professor of Music Therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana, to educate the media, community, and children about music therapy as a career option as well as music’s unique ability to heal. In order to communicate this message, Boyle has granted me special rights and privileges to print and distribute her recently authored children’s coloring book entitled You Can Be a Music Therapist. Those receiving this coloring book would have a better understanding of the day-to-day tasks of a music therapist as well as an understanding of how music can be an agent of healing.

I also plan to sing and play my ukulele to entertain people in a variety of settings.