Hannah OliverMiss Delta
Hometown: Stuttgart, AR
Platform: Multiple Sclerosis: Taking Steps to a Cure
Talent: Tap Dance
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Mississippi State University
What is your major? Fashion Merchandising
What is your scholastic ambition? Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Masters of Business Administration
List scholastic honors: MSU Presidents List, MSU Deans List, Stuttgart High School Outstanding Senior award, National Honor Society President
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Delta Chi Limelight Owl Pal
What is your favorite style of music? Christian
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Romantic Drama because I love watching love stories unfold.
What is your favorite gadget? My iPhone
What is your favorite blog? Southern Curls and Pearls
What is your favorite place to visit? Disney World
What is your favorite food? BACON
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? Pride and Prejudice
Do you twitter? Yes
What is your favorite?
Sport: Women’s Basketball
Sports Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Actor: Zac Efron
Actress: Rebel Wilson
Television Program: Family Feud
Wardrobe Accessory: Lipstick
Thing to do on a weekend: Take a trip to the lake
Way to spend a day off: Watching a movie by the fireplace
What is your hometown like? Stuttgart is very small but everyone there has such a big heart for helping and serving other people no matter what they look like or where they come from.
What were you like when you were a child? I was a very shy little girl who loved to play with Barbie’s, put on her mom’s high heels, and wear everything pink she could find.
Who is the most influential person in your life? My best friend and roommate, Molly Morris, is the most influential person in my life. Her positive attitude despite any situation inspires me to always look on the bright side.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? Because I am slightly soft spoken some people think that I am unconfident. However, I am a very confident young woman and I owe all of that to the Miss America Organization. Before I began competing 7 years ago I was very shy and unconfident, but this organization has allowed me to blossom in the confident young woman that I am today.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: When I pledged Chi Omega sorority my life was changed. They say you should surround yourself with positive, uplifting people who believe in you and care about your happiness. My Chi Omega sisters are truly some of the most genuine, kind, and supportive girls who have done nothing but encourage me to be the very best version of myself.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? I have learned how to be confident in myself. When I began in this program 7 years ago, I was shy and timid. Now I am confident in everything that I do, and it has made me a better person.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I want to speak to biology classes, local civic groups, schools, and other groups of people about my platform, Multiple Sclerosis: Taking Steps to a Cure. Most people do not know that there is no known cause or cure for the disease, and I want to bring awareness about the disease to people across the state of Mississippi.
What is your secret wish or dream? I would love to be a model in New You Fashion Week.
I’m motivated by: My goals. I am a very goal oriented person, so when I set a goal for myself; there is absolutely no stopping me.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? My grandfather, Tommy Oliver, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1980. Because I have seen him struggle first hand with the debilitating disease, it has made me want to make a difference in the lives of those living with MS.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? Going to college at Mississippi State four hours from home where I only knew a small handful of people really was a leap of faith, but it was the greatest decision I have ever made. I have met some of the greatest people in this world, and I have felt so loved and encouraged every step of the way.
The one thing I can’t live without: Bacon
My best friend would describe me as: sweet, motivated, busy, flamboyant, a great listener and kind.
Something interesting about my family: We were the Prairie County Farm Family of the Year in 2015.
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: I popped 3 different tires on 2 different cars in 1 month.
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I want to go bungee jumping in South Africa.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I have 1 German Shephard named Duke.