Hollie MorganMiss Pearl River CC
Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS
Social Impact Initiative Description: Edifies preteen and teenage girls on how embracing our insecurities can build confidence. By informing girls on how accepting their uncertainties can help them, they will be impacted as they progress through life.
What college do you attend, or have attended, or will attend if High School graduating senior? Pearl River Community College
What is your major? Nutrition Science
List scholastic honors: Recipient of “Spirit of Distinguished Young Women” Scholarship; Recipient of Forrest County Agricultural High School High (F CAHS) Honors Scholarship; Recipient of the Academy of Piano and Strings Scholarship; Recipient of PRCC Career Technical scholarship.
What is your scholastic ambition? Obtain a Doctorate in Nutritional Science
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Receiving the leading role in “Seussical”, a community theater musical, after consistently being ruled as an extra in all my previous theater experiences.
What has been your greatest adventure? Please provide an answer outside of the Miss America program. lf college does not scream adventure, I do not know what does! I can confidently say college has allowed me to take risks, learn to quickly problem solve, and ultimately figure out my purpose.
What trip shaped your life? Please provide an answer distinct from your social impact initiative. I cannot pinpoint a certain trip, but I have been fortunate enough to travel frequently. Seeing and experiencing different cultures has helped me see life in new perspectives, and be grateful for the life I have.
Use three (3) words to describe your greatest assets. Consistent, Thoughtful, Independent
Are you a person of intelligence or of common sense? Both
Who is the most influential person in your life other than your mother? Hands down, my Father. His example has influenced many of my decisions and he supports me in everything I do.
What are your 2 favorite hobbies and what led you to them? Participation in the Miss Mississippi program is not considered a hobby for this question. I am not sure from which they were rooted, but cleaning and organizing has always been my go-to hobby. Whenever I need to relax and unwind, I will find a bookshelf to organize or vacuum a room.
Who is your most interesting relative and why? Mammaw Morgan, my grandmother, can make a grain of sand seem like the most fascinating thing in the world. She can mesmerize you with facts, games, instruments, books and so much more.
What is the best advice you have received and from whom? Please answer this question with information from outside of the Miss America program. In the wise words of my Aunt Kelly, ‘Let it all hang out.” This advice has helped me with my confidence and feeling comfortable in my own skin.
What is your favorite quote? “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” -Coco Channel
Who is your most influential mentor and why? Please answer this question with an individual from outside of the Miss America program. My Allied Health teacher, Ms. Grice, helped me see my potential in the medical field and tremendously influenced my career choice.
Other than being Miss Mississippi, what is your dream job? Being a Physicians Assistant, specializing in Dermatology.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I tend to come across as shy and timid when I first meet someone, but once I feel comfortable you might notice my sense of humor shine. This might be shocking if you are just starting to get to know me!
What success have you learned most from? Please answer this question with an experience outside of the Miss America program. Taking the steps to have good grades, and seeing my hard work payoff is a success that I have learned from the most. It has taught me that when you put all your effort into something worth fighting for, you will see positive results.
What failure have you learned most from? Please answer this question with an experience outside of the Miss America program. In high school, I was a bench warmer for the girls’ soccer team all four years. I may have only subbed a handful of times, but I learned to never give up no matter what the situation.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? Perseverance. When I competed in my first Miss Mississippi preliminary, I was the only candidate that did not receive any awards. The next year I came back and won the whole competition. Never give up!
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? Ultimately, be a relatable, inspiring, friend, while spreading my message of confidence awareness all over the state of Mississippi.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal social impact project? High school was a time in my life where my confidence lacked and insecurities bloomed. My standards, body, and actions were all things I hid behind. “Secure your insecurities” was inspired by my personal experience of figuring out who I was.
When is your sense of humor most evident? Either when I am very comfortable or when I am in awkward situations.
What historical figure best represents who you are striving to be? Although Mahatma Gandhi’s shoes are impossible to fill, I strive to be a leader like him. I want to standup and fight for what I believe in, no matter the situation.
What gadget can you not live without? The internet, used for online shopping.
What is your favorite sport and sport team? Gymnastics, and the UCLA gymnastics team.