Jane Granberry

Miss Hattiesburg’s OT

Hometown:   Hattiesburg

Scholastic Ambition:   Major in Business

Scholastic Honors:   All-A Honor Roll, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Junior Class Officer

Talent:    Dance

Platform:   Learn to Look it Up!

 What makes you special and unique? Being competitive makes me special and unique because it forces me to get better.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I love to sew. I learned a few years ago, and it has been a hobby of mine since. My favorite craft to make is scrunchies.

Best advice you have ever received? “Life isn’t the mountain tops. It’s the walking in between.”

What can’t you live without?  Dancing has been a staple in my life for the last 15 years. I cannot imagine who I would be without the valuable lessons of teamwork, dedication, and the competitive drive that dance has instilled in me.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?  I have a couple, actually. Ice cream and French fries (eaten together) and reality television.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Coming of Age movies are my favorite because they are so relatable and absolutely hilarious.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? By 2029 I see myself gaining business and work experience and finishing up a plan to open my own business.

Most valuable lesson learned? I have learned that you can’t control life, only how you react to it.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?   My role model is gymnast, author, and public speaker, Laurie Hernandez. When she was only 16, she attended and won gold at the biggest competition in the world, the Olympics. Even through all of the pressures of competing, she has stayed true to herself and to her faith, while accomplishing her goals at the age I am now.

What motivates you?   I am motivated by knowing that I can always put my best effort forward, no matter the circumstance.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My school dance team, the Oak Grove High School Golden Spirits, won back-to-back state championships in jazz and kick in 2017 and 2018. We’re going for a three-peat in 2019!

Best compliment you have ever received? I have been told that I have a strong sense of who I am and what I believe in.

Secret wish or dream? I have always wanted to be a Rockette, but I don’t meet the height requirement…four inches too short.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? My stairs at home are trying to kill me. I am constantly falling down them.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I’m very much a thrill seeker, so something out of that realm is that I would love to write a children’s book. I think that combining both of these skills to create something that could spark a love for reading in kids would be so cool.

What is your super power? I have the power of seeing the potential in everything.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? Don’t overthink it. Sometimes we can get caught up in trying to be perfect, but at the end of the day, we need to remember that this is so much fun.

Describe yourself in one word. Independent

A Fun Family Fact? My maternal grandfather was William Faulkner’s primary doctor and good friend. My grandparents’ home telephone number is written on the wall of Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak, to this day.

Hi, everyone! My name is Jane Granberry. I am 16 years old, and I am from Hattiesburg. The daughter of Hermine and Bill Granberry, I am the middle child of three children: older sister, Hermine, and younger brother, Senton. My siblings and I refer to ourselves as Neapolitan ice cream because we each have a different hair color that matches the flavors: one redhead, one brunette, and one blonde!

I have lived in Hattiesburg my whole life and have attended Oak Grove schools since kindergarten. I am currently a junior at Oak Grove High School, where I dance on the 10-time State Champion OGHS Golden Spirits Dance Team. I also am a junior class officer and a member of Beta Club, Key Club, Spanish Club, TRIBE, and Mu Alpha Theta math honors society. I certainly go to the best school ever…Go, Warriors! I attend Main Street United Methodist Church in downtown Hattiesburg and am actively involved in our church youth group. I dance with On Your Toes Dance Studio, where I compete during the spring at dance competitions throughout the South. I have been dancing for 15 years and competitively dancing for 10 years. I am a member of the Junior Auxiliary Crown Club, where I serve my community through service projects like Empty Bowls and working with Aldergate Missions and the ARC of Hattiesburg. I love kids, and anytime I get to work with them is a blessing. Along with my other extra-curricular activities, I co-own a t-shirt design company with my sister called “Meraki Designs.” Meraki is a Greek word which means “to do something with soul, creativity, the essence of yourself in your work.” We will celebrate our second birthday in July and have currently produced and printed 10 original t-shirt designs. My business allows me to be creative and produce designs that are fun and unique for people across the United States.

Learn to Look It Up!

 Since I was a little girl, I have always been fascinated by reading. One of my fondest childhood memories is each night at bedtime when Dad read stories to my siblings and me. As soon as I learned to sound out the simplest of words, I picked up my first book. Reading opens the world to you!

In elementary school, I noticed some classmates were not progressing as well as I was in reading and comprehension skills. As a teenager, I have seen a similar reading disconnect with some children from economically disadvantaged families. I recognized a need to close this intelligence gap. My Outstanding Teen Platform, “Learn to Look It Up!” was born.

Building a strong vocabulary is a vital component to strong reading skills.

My vision for “Learn to Look It Up!” is to provide children with pocket-sized dictionaries to own and use to build their vocabularies. Included in each dictionary is a laminated bookmark telling the child how to use the dictionary daily:

1) Open your dictionary; 2) Pick a word; 3) Learn its definition; 4) Use the word 5-10 times that day. 5) Repeat every day.

If we can give the gift of a dictionary to a child, it might just open the child up to a life-time love for writing, reading, and–overall–learning.