Jade RichardsonMiss Meridian
Hometown: Hurley, MS
Platform: Think Green, Act Green, Go Green
Talent: Contemporary Dance to “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? University of Mississippi
What is your major? Broadcast Journalism and Environmental Studies
What is your scholastic ambition? I hope to graduate from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations. In the future, I plan to attend graduate school.
List scholastic honors: Who’s Who Among American Junior Colleges, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) Hall of Fame Inductee, MGCCC 4.0 President’s Scholar, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Regional Officer, Golden Key Honor Society, University of Mississippi LuckyDay Scholarship recipient, University of Mississippi Academic Excellence Scholarship recipient, Provost Scholar, University of Mississippi Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship recipient, Association of Arts Degree with 4.0 Special Honors from MGCCC, and University of Mississippi Chancellor’s Honor Roll Fall 2017
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Getting selected to represent the USA in the World Championship of Performing Arts Competition!
What is your favorite style of music? I love a variety of music! Recently, I’ve been loving 80’s music and Taylor Swift’s new album called “Reputation.”
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is romantic comedies. I’m a sucker for a good love story.
What is your favorite gadget? Definitely my iPhone!
What is your favorite blog? I love Savvy Shields’ blog. My favorite post she’s ever done is when she told the story of how her hair turned pink before the Billboard Awards!
What is your favorite place to visit? Last March, I went on a mission trip to Managua, Nicaragua. During the week I spent there, I was able to participate in 3 different feeding programs and teach students self-sustainability. Now, I sponsor a student living in Nicaragua, and I can’t wait to go back in May.
What is your favorite food? Fries of all kinds—French, Waffle, Shoestring, etc.
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Do you twitter? Yes.
What is your favorite?
Sports Team: Ole Miss Rebels
Actor: Patrick Dempsey
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Television Program: Grey’s Anatomy
Wardrobe Accessory: I’m absolutely obsessed with baseball caps. I have 15 in my collection so far, and it’s only going to get bigger.
Thing to do on a weekend: I love to spend my weekends catching up on sleep, watching baseball (Hotty Toddy!), hanging out with my friends and family, and praising Jesus.
Way to spend a day off: Catching up on sleep and binge-watching a new show on Netflix.
What is your hometown like? My hometown, Hurley, is the epitome of small towns. We have one 4-way stop, and everyone knows everyone. Although I love big cities, I wouldn’t have wanted to be raised anywhere else.
What were you like when you were a child? I was very shy as a child, but I grew out of that with the help of dance and pageants!
Who is the most influential person in your life? The most influential person in my life is my father, Bradley Richardson. He is the most hardworking person I’ve ever met. He works day in and day out to be able to provide for my family. He is truly my hero. Throughout my 15 years of dance, he missed only 1 performance out of hundreds, possibly thousands. He is my biggest supporter, alongside my mother, and I am so thankful for him.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?
One thing that people wouldn’t know about me is I have several strange/random talents. For example, I can sing the alphabet backwards and solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than 3 minutes.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:
Before I participated in my local Distinguished Young Woman Program, I was absolutely terrified to talk to or in front of people. After winning the local program and competing at the State program, I fell in love with public speaking. Now, I’m a broadcast journalism major. What was once my biggest fear will one day be my job!
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?
In today’s society, young girls are always being how they should look, dress, act, etc., and the Miss America Program has taught me to embrace my true self and encourage others to do the same.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?
During my year of service, I plan to visit every school possible and teach people the importance of protecting our environment. We only have one planet, and we need to preserve it for all of the future generations.
What is your secret wish or dream? I’ve always wanted to be a Disney Princess at Disney World. Sadly, I am an inch too short to audition.
I’m motivated by: My failures. I love the quote: “A failure is not a loss. It’s a gain. You learn. You change. You grow.”
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?
My platform, which is focused around environmental advocacy, stems from my relationship with mother. At a young age, she taught me the importance of recycling and protecting the environment. Whether it was reminding me to turn a light off when I left a room or turning the water off when I was brushing my teeth, she was always showing me little ways that I could lessen my impact on the environment.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?
My mission trip to Nicaragua was definitely my most life changing event. I was able to teach students self-sustainability, serve hundreds of meals to children in Nicaragua, and connect with the kids. Now, I sponsor a student named Cristhian. My sponsorship ensures that he has daily access to clean water, food, and an education.
The one thing I can’t live without: My family!
My best friend would describe me as: Compassionate, trustworthy, and silly.
Something interesting about my family: My parents met in the Army! My mother is Filipino, and my dad is American. I have loved growing up and learning about both cultures.
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: When I was in 2nd grade, I was at lunch with my friends. One of them made me laugh while I was drinking chocolate milk, and it ended up coming out of my nose!
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I think it would be so much fun to audition for a reality TV show one day.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: My family and I are animal lovers. We have 5 dogs and 2 cats. We have 2 Great Danes named Misty and Rogue, 2 Pitbulls named Zara and Toddy (as in Hotty Toddy), 1 Dachshund/Basset Hound Mix named Daisy, and two cats named Batman and Robin.