Julieanna Jackson

Local Title:  Miss Pride Of The South’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown:  Mize, MS

Hobbies: Singing, Traveling, Reading, and YouTuber

School:  A Beka Academy

Scholastic Ambition:  2nd Grade Teacher

Scholastic Honors:  4.0

Talent:  Vocal

Platform:  Matchbook

What makes you special and unique?  My intuition and enthusiasm when it comes to sharing my love of reading.  My personal love of reading has given me the unique talent of being able to find my peers books they would not only love to read but also to be enthusiastic and think about what they can read next!   Also, I am known in my family for making a mean Red Velvet Cake from scratch.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I LOVE riding 4-Wheelers!  Don’t worry, I always wear a helmet.

Best advice you have ever received?  My Great-Grandmother, GiGi, always told me, “Pretty is, as pretty does.”

What can’t you live without? That would definitely be my Grammy’s Red Velvet Cake!

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?  Definitely Netflix and fried chicken from Piggly Wiggly! 

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  Hmmm. I’d have to say Science-Fiction or Cheesy 80s movies. My favorites are Super 8 and Sixteen Candles.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?  A Mississippi State University graduate teaching 2nd Graders and sharing my love of learning and reading.

Most valuable lesson learned? To always be yourself and to not be someone you’re not!

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?  Simone Biles, She’s a hard worker, chases her dreams and she got to meet my celeb crush, Zac Efron!

What motivates you?  Definitely my family and friends.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? I was able donate books to 50 states with my platform, Matchbook!

Best compliment you have ever received?  That my smile lights up a room.

Secret wish or dream?  My wish is to work at Disney as Snow White or any of the Disney princesses!

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?  When my family and I went to London, we were in a Taxi driving around the city. We passed by a huge building and asked the driver, “What’s over there?” and he says, “Oh, an office building.” We found out later it was Buckingham Palace!

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you?  Sushi.  I’m a very picky eater and that’s something that would be different for me.

What is your super power?  To make people laugh.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program?  The Miss Mississippi Program has taught me self-confidence and that it’s okay to step out of my comfort zones. 

Describe yourself in one word. Bubbly!

A Fun Family Fact? My family and I got to be Mayor of ToonTown in Disney World!

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.

Hey!  I’m Julieanna Jackson, a 14-year-old from Mize, MS.  Because of my Dad’s job, I’ve been homeschooled all my life and have been traveling ever since I was born!  I am an only child but proud to say I have lots of friends all over the country!  My favorite places to go to are New York City, Los Angeles, and I just recently went to Hawaii for the first time with my best friend – Aloha!  Some of my hobbies are singing, paddle boarding, making YouTube videos, and I love reading. Instead of a crazy cat-lady, I’m a crazy dog-lady.  I have three dogs who I love so, so much!  My favorite things to do on the weekends are go to the hometownfootball games, ride 4-wheelers with myfriends,and cook with my grandparents.  When I graduate college (Mississippi State University), I’d love to be a 2nd Grade teacher. 

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 its purpose as well.

My platform is Matchbook.  I match children with a fun book that gets them to love reading.  Match-Book!  When I was little, I was not very interested in reading. One day, I really wanted to go see the Percy Jackson movie but my mom said we could only go if I read the books. I finished all the books in about a week and have loved reading ever since!  I’ve read so many science-fiction books, I can’t even remember them all!  My purpose with Matchbook is to find books that children will love!  On my website www.JulieannasMatchbook.com any parent and/or child can fill out a survey and find out which books pop up that would be a great reading match!  I also make YouTube videos reading and sharing books dressed up as characters from the books!  I recently visited an Elementary School where I read a SuperHero book to the class.  There was one little boy that kept asking me if I could give the book to him. I wasn’t sure if I could, so I asked the teacher and she said yes!  A few weeks later, his teacher told me that he had brought the book with him to school every day and read it to all his friends!  Knowing that I helped that one child to love reading made me realize that I am making a difference with Matchbook!