Josie Nasekos

Miss Clinton

Hometown:   Clinton                                 

Platform:      Athletes of God

Talent:           Ballet en Pointe

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?   I will attend Mississippi State University.

What is your major?         Industrial and Systems Engineering                                                                   

What is your scholastic ambition?   To obtain a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering.

List scholastic honors:    ACT 30+ Club; French I Award; Information Technology I Award; Chemistry Award; National Honor Society Member

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:  Being promoted to a soloist with the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet.

What is your favorite style of music?   Instrumental or Classical

What is your favorite movie genre and why?    Fantasy, because I love movies that inspire me to use my imagination.

What is your favorite gadget?    My FitBit, because it keeps me motivated.

What is your favorite blog?        PickUpLimes, a blog about healthy eating.

What is your favorite place to visit?     The Natural Science Museum!

What is your favorite food?   Chicken Alfredo pasta with broccoli.

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?   A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalil Hosseini

Do you twitter?       No, I prefer other social media outlets.                                                                                       

What is your favorite?                             

Sport:  Football                                           Sports Team:   New Orleans Saints

Actor:   Robert Downey Jr.                       Actress:  Natalie Portman

Television Program:   The Office                                               

Wardrobe Accessory:      Earrings!

Thing to do on a weekend:    A movie and dinner with friends

Way to spend a day off:   Sleeping in or spending time with my friends.

What is your hometown like?     My hometown of Clinton, MS, is amazing because it is a college and retirement community at the same time, so there is a lot of diversity, as well as many cool places where people can spend time together.

What were you like when you were a child?   I was home-schooled as a child, and loved to dance around my house all the time, so my mom put me into dance class.Almost all of my childhood memories revolve around dance, which I absolutely loved.

Who is the most influential person in your life?     My best friend, Meg McLaurin has always had a huge impact on me, because she is extremely encouraging and is always there for me, no matter the situation. Meg is kind to everyone she meets and I admire her greatly for that.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?    I was home-schooled until the ninth grade, and most people believe that I have always attended public school.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:  In 2017 I had ankle surgery, which left me unable to dance for a whole semester. The experience taught me a lot about myself and helped me to realize that dance is something I am truly passionate about.                                                     

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?   I have learned the importance of service and giving my time to help others. I admire how the Miss America Program encourages contestants to spend time working on their platforms.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?    I want to represent Mississippi as a state that is not only beautiful, but also resilient. I want to push both my personal platform, Athletes of God, and the Miss America platform, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.              

What is your secret wish or dream?    If I had the opportunity, I have always wanted to be a dancer in a live show at Disney World!           

 I’m motivated by:  My failures, because every setback I have experienced has helped me to better myself.          

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?  I do outreach dance performances for children in underprivileged areas who have never seen ballet before, and I believe that all children should have the opportunity to experience the performing arts. This belief led to me choosing my platform.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?    When I was 14 I was selected to be in the Pre-Professional Level at Ballet Magnificat’s Summer Dance Intensive, and I was able to experience a taste of life as a professional dancer, with day long rehearsals and many performances.During the Intensive, I met so many influential and inspiring people that are still a part of my life today!

The one thing I can’t live without:  Lara bars! I eat one every day.                                                    

My best friend would describe me as:    To quote her: “Pretty, funny, intelligent, bold, caring, and enjoys life every day.”

Something interesting about my family:    My dad’s grandfather immigrated through Ellis Island from Greece and was the only immigrant given the last name “Nasekos.” Because of that, everyone with the last name “Nasekos” is related.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:   One time I fell on stage during a performance of The Nutcracker. I was so disoriented that I sat there for a few seconds before I could stand up. Thankfully I was not hurt and was able to laugh it off and keep going.            

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:  One day I would like to try playing a sport, like softball or soccer, even if it’s just a small game with friends. I haven’t ever played any type of sport before, but I would love to try it out!

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:    I have a Pomeranian named Scout, four cats (Bela, Loki, Nugget, and Luna), a rabbit named Benny, three birds (Maisie, Harley, and Nia), and an English Retriever named Nala.