Holly HarringtonMiss Northland
Hometown: Tupelo, MS
Platform: AIM- Arts Integration Matters
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? I am a graduate of Samford University and currently attend graduate school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
What is your major? Master of Arts in Music Education
What is your scholastic ambition? I plan to continue my education by completing my Master’s degree in Music Education and earn a Ph.D in Music
List scholastic honors: Presidents List; Deans List; Kappa Delta Epsilon; Golden Key Honor Society; Phi Theta Kappa; Elvis Presley Music Scholarship; Communication Arts Speech Award; Samford University School of the Arts/Academic Scholarship
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: I was honored to be a preliminary swimsuit and talent winner and 1st runner up to Miss Mississippi 2017.
What is your favorite style of music? I listen to almost every style of music. I love everything from pop rock to classical, bluegrass to hip-hop, R&B to musical theatre and indie to soul. My tastes are very eclectic; I think that’s what makes me a true music lover.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love classic movie musicals! I could watch hours of Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand, Julie Andrews, and Shirley Jones in their iconic film roles.
What is your favorite gadget? As much as I wish I could detach from it more often, my cell phone is my favorite and most useful gadget. It allows me to keep in touch with friends and family and stay on top of news and events going on around me.
What is your favorite blog? I consider myself an avid theatre lover, and I love to stay up to date with the New York theatre scene through reading broadwaymusicalblog.com. It posts reviews for new productions, lists audition opportunities, and interviews current theatre stars.
What is your favorite place to visit? Without a doubt, New York City! I could see two shows a day, seven days a week, if that were possible. For me, there’s nothing quite like the “Great White Way”!
What is your favorite food? Chocolate. No matter the form, nothing can quite beat it!
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? I would need a survival guide to help me get off the deserted island as fast as possible!
Do you twitter? I do! Follow me @hc_harrington
What is your favorite?
Sports Team: Ole Miss Rebels
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
Actress: Audrey Hepburn
Television Program: Grey’s Anatomy
Wardrobe Accessory: SHOES!
Thing to do on a weekend: Shopping, reading, exploring new places
Way to spend a day off: Attending a concert or theatrical performance and relaxing with friends
What is your hometown like? Tupelo is a small city that is now booming with new retail and industrial development. It boasts the title of “All America City” and the birthplace of Elvis, “the King.” For me, Tupelo still feels like a big family, since people call me by name, ask about my family, and support all my endeavors.
What were you like when you were a child? I’m told that I was a grown-up in a little person’s body and I always enjoyed putting on a show. I was in my element when I was entertaining someone and loved to be on stage. Some things never change!
Who is the most influential person in your life? My mom is now and has always been the most influential person in my life. She’s taught me to live a life of purpose and influence and she’s an example of a woman of character and integrity.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I love a good adventure! Traveling, exploring new places, and meeting new people is always so exciting.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: By far, one of the most defining moments in my life thus far was the birth of my brother, Hogan, in 1998. No one ever loved a brother more than I love Hogan; he’s my most treasured relationship and my best friend. Whoever wants to marry him has to go through me first!
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? The Miss America Organization is rooted in the principles of scholastic achievement and female empowerment. I have found that the Miss America Organization has given me an outlet and a platform to encourage young people to embrace their gifts and set achievable goals. Moreover, I have learned that even the smallest of gestures can make a significant impact. Whether raising money for CMNH, visiting a classroom, singing at a civic luncheon, or attending a charitable function, the Miss America Organization helps young women make a difference in the lives of communities across the nation.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? As Miss Mississippi, I want to promote the importance of the Miss America Organization and the impact it has on our state. My goal is to inspire Mississippians to dream big and find ways to serve within their communities all while spotlighting the strength of the fine arts. My goal will be to share the messages of community growth, economic prosperity, cultural awareness, and of course to value education. I hope to be an ambassador for the tremendous contributions of the arts in Mississippi encouraging us all to “AIM” higher, knowing we all have the ability to achieve excellence.
What is your secret wish or dream? Maybe it’s not such a secret, but I would love to become the next Miss Mississippi. I believe I have what it takes to serve our state well and bring home the 5th Miss America crown.
I’m motivated by: Myself, I was taught that one’s confidence comes from being sure of your purpose. I am sure that I was put on this earth to be an extraordinary example of loving others, which for me personally, is exemplified by Christ’s love. That assurance is what motivates me to be my best every day.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? I grew up with opportunities for artistic expression in singing, dancing and acting; a large part of my success stems from those experiences being integrated into my core education. Now, as an elementary music teacher, I see how a familiar sound and dance gives children confidence, promotes teamwork, enriches vocabulary and expands their cultural horizons, all skills that cultivate and recontribute to a society that is diverse, sustainable and innovative.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? I’ve grown up with the technology explosion. I think technology will continue to be a huge influence in my life and I’ll need to be comfortable using new technologies to benefit my career and my personal life.
The one thing I can’t live without: My voice. Whoever I am and whatever I feel, I express through my singing.
My best friend would describe me as: Bold. I’m pretty fearless, and I try to meet every challenge with the confidence and tenacity it takes to succeed.
Something interesting about my family: My family is fairly musical. I sing, my brother plays guitar, my dad plays the bass and drums, and my mom plays the piano. We have a sort of family band. When we’re together we play through our favorites, tackling a range of music from pop hits to hymns and show tunes to Christmas carols.
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: I was around six and I was shopping with my mother and grandmother, and touching everything I admired. I was stroking the back of a store mannequin and saying, “isn’t it beautiful?” It turned out that I was actually stroking the behind of a store clerk, who gave me a shocked look when she saw a six year old girl admiring her behind! Needless to say, I never touch mannequins today.
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I would really love to bungee jump. It has always looked like a huge thrill but, so far, I haven’t had both the opportunity and the nerve on the same day. It’s definitely on my bucket list!
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: Sandy is my ten year old toy poodle, by far the favorite child, and quite spoiled!