Jacy WaltmanMiss Queen City
Hobbies: practicing makeup techniques, going to the lake, being a Diamond Girl at baseball games,attending college football games
School: Quitman High School
Scholastic Ambition: Attend a University majoring in Political Science followed by law school.
Scholastic Honors: Superintendent’s List, Principal’s List, 1st Place FCCLA State Convention-Illustrated Talk, HOBY delegate, Lott Leadership Institute participant, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, BETA Club member, Honors English ll
Platform: Follow the Reader!
What makes you special and unique?
A positive outlook and a sense of humor are two things that are very important to me. These two aspects make me special because I approach any day with the mindset that they work hand-in-hand. Even on days that I do not feel too good, a corny joke is able to change my entire day around.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?
Compassion is very important to me, and even though it may not be evident at first, I love to always be there for my friends to be someone they could talk to about anything and even offer some insight.
Best advice you have ever received?
My daddy has always said, “ If you are going to do it, don’t halfway do it.” Basically, this “Go big, or go home.” interpretation has stuck with me for forever in everything I do whether it be winging my eyeliner or discussing politics with my brothers. The amount of determination in a person is not measured by what they do. It is measured by how they do it, and halfway doing something will not get you very far.
What can’t you live without?
I could not live without my three dogs, CoCo, Scout, and Napp, because they consistently brighten my day.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
Binge watching netflix is relaxing, and there is not anything better than finding a new series to fall in love with.
What is your favorite movie genre and why?
Action is a genre that is very well-rounded. There are suspense, humor, and some romantic storylines which are very enjoyable because I am a teenage girl who is a stickler for a happy ending. Armageddon and Pearl Harbor are my two favorite movies.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Although I am never sure of what the future holds, in ten years, I could see myself in law school.
Most valuable lesson learned?
The most valuable lesson that I have learned is that no matter what, your family is always there to push you to strive for greatness.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?
My grandfather,Gerald Waltman, because at a young age, he instilled the value of hard work and dedication as well as a love for family within me. At a young age, he was able to teach me many life lessons as well as create many memories I will cherish forever.
What motivates you?
My goal to be the best I can be has given me motivation to strive for the stars and work hard to get there.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title?
Receiving a platinum on my solo at a dance competition is one of my greatest accomplishments because my hard work paid off.
Best compliment you have ever received?
The best compliment I have ever received is when one of my teachers compared my thought process to my mother’s. My mother is an intelligent woman with a logical way of thinking which made this compliment so special because I was humbled by the way my teacher saw my mother through me.
Secret wish or dream?
Drag racing is definitely my secret dream. Being around some of the antique sport cars that my daddy owns has really driven (pun intended) my dream to drag race because being behind the wheel would not only be fulfilling but also thrilling.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
One morning when I was in sixth grade, we were all in the gym waiting for the bell to ring to go to class, and I missed a step and fell down the bleachers. To this day, I am still super cautious when I walk down stairs.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you?
Going out in public without makeup on is very out of character for me. I love the art of makeup, and I look at every opportunity of going somewhere as a time to have fun and get ready by blasting music and singing to myself in the mirror while putting on makeup.
What is your superpower?
My superpower is finding the silver lining of a situation and always being able to take things for what they are to make the situation into something better. I believe that if I am able to be flexible and adapt to my surroundings in a situation that I will be able to make the best of every minute.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program?
I have learned to be my best, true self from within, not to forget who I am, and always to finish with a smile. In the program, I am surrounded by many other girls all striving for the same goal, and even then, we all manage to remain true to ourselves and even help each other.
Describe yourself in one word?
A Fun Family Fact?
Although I was two months premature, I have managed to grow taller than both of my older brothers. They hate it when I take pictures with them when I have heels on.
Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are. Keep in mind the questions you’ve already been asked and include other things that you would like people to know about you.
My name is Jacy Waltman. I am the daughter of Walt and Cheryl Waltman, and I have two older brothers, Jess and Lane, but I cannot forget about my dogs, Scout, CoCo, and Nap,and my cat, Thomas.I am in the tenth grade at Quitman High School in Quitman, Mississippi. In school, I am in Honors classes, and I will begin to take AP classes my Junior year. Throughout my high school years, I have made it a point to be involved with school activities and clubs, and I will continue to make this a priority. I have taken dance lessons since I was three years old with classes ranging from ballet on pointe to clogging. I have always been very comfortable on stage as well as in front of people. My passion for dance has enabled me to become the outgoing person I am today. Because Quitman is fairly small, it sometimes seems as if I know everyone I see daily because everybody knows everybody. I am a part of a big family, and we all manage to be really close, sometimes a little too close, but I absolutely love them, and I would not be who I am today without them. I am very self-driven, and my entire family supports me with every decision I make.
I have always, always loved putting on heels and makeup since I could remember, but I am no stranger to shooting guns with my daddy and brother, Lane, either at our camphouse or at Modern Outfitters. College football is also very important to me. From a young age, I have been attending Ole Miss football games to visit my brother, Jess, but when it comes time to decide on a college, I will have to think hard because I have rung a cowbell beside my mother at Mississippi State game a time or two. No matter the activity, I strive to be the best that I can be. I strongly believe that a hard work ethic and active listening will help me to succeed in life. My daddy has always told me, “If you are going to do it, don’t halfway do it.” , and I carry that with me each day as a reminder that even on bad days, if you make a decision to change something, to man up, and make it happen.
Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject. Be sure to name your platform and give a brief explanation of it’s purpose as well.
My platform focuses on the importance of reading in a young child’s life. The plasticity of a young child’s mind is amazing, but when the child is exposed to literature, he/she is able to have a better concept of basic skills to set them up for a successful future. It can be explained as a domino effect because everything that children are exposed to from birth set them up for how education and daily life are approached when a child begins kindergarten. By being read to and even around books at a young age the child’s cognitive development is sparked. Seventy-five percent of the language we use everyday was learned by the age of three by reading, being read to, exposure to literature, expansion, and daily interaction which all start at home. I strive to make a change in children and their parent’s lives by bringing awareness to the importance of reading in children’s lives.
With my platform, “Follow the Reader!”, I have partnered with my local Imagination Library to reach out to families in my district by sending informative letters with the books as well as visiting local daycares to read a story to the children. I am able to spread the awareness around my communities because of the cooperative daycares and elementary programs that care about the wholesome start of an education to young children. A child’s education is the basic stepping stone of setting a child up for a successful life, and I feel as if any child or family that I help is a huge plus in helping shape a great future for the child as well as the society.