Kaci Bryant

Miss Red Carpet City

Hometown:  Taylorsville

Platform:      H.E.A.L (Healthy Eating for a Longer Life)

Talent:           Piano

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

What is your major?  BSIS in communications, business, and biology

What is your scholastic ambition?  To graduate with my bachelor’s degree and use my knowledge from it to further my business

List scholastic honors:    Academic Scholarship to Mississippi State University; President’s List

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:  Becoming the owner of Midtown Pilates in Starkville, MS at the age of 22.

What is your favorite style of music?    70’s Rock or Rap

What is your favorite movie genre and why?   Romantic Comedy because I am a hopeless romantic, but I also like to laugh.

What is your favorite gadget?    My Apple Watch

What is your favorite blog?    RACHLmansfield

What is your favorite place to visit?  Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic

What is your favorite food?          Fried cheese from Harvey’s in Starkville

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? My Bible for sure

Do you twitter?  Yes. I love the twitter community.

What is your favorite?

Sport: Football      Sports Team:  Mississippi State University

Actor: Matthew McConaughey      Actress: Julia Roberts

Television Program:  Vanderpump Rules

Wardrobe Accessory:  Rings for Sure

Thing to do on a weekend:  I enjoy fishing, swimming, shopping, and traveling

Way to spend a day off:  Sleep later than normal and spend the rest of the day outside

What is your hometown like?  My hometown is so small that we do not have a traffic light, but it is full of people with huge hearts.  Sports are also huge In Taylorsville, and we are home to the fastest man in professional baseball.

What were you like when you were a child?  I was very motherly when I was a child.  I enjoyed playing “teacher” and taking care of my friends.

Who is the most influential person in your life?  My boss, Lacy, at Midtown Pilates.  She has worked hard to create her own boutique fitness studio in Starkville, MS, all while being involved in many other community groups, being a mom, and a wife.  I hope to be as successful at all that I do when I am her age as she is.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?   I played softball for 14 years and pitched for 10 years.  Most people who meet me tell me that they automatically assumed I was a cheerleader growing up instead of a softball player.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: The most defining moment of my life has to be taking over a business that I love and had the pleasure to work at for two years before becoming the owner.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? While the ultimate goal is to win Miss America, what is important are the lessons learned along the way.  Only one girl from each state will win each year, so it is vital to make friends and soak in as much as you can during the journey.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I want to meet as many people across the state of Mississippi as I can.  We live in the best state in the country, and I would love to visit our citizens and educate people on the importance of a healthy lifestyle through my platform, HEAL.

What is your secret wish or dream?  My secret dream is to live in a hut on a beach in another country without a clock or any other technology. I think that would be an incredible way to slow down and enjoy life.

I’m motivated by:  I am motivated by my competitive nature and need to succeed.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? I was a nutrition major for a few years, and I grew up in an area where obesity is prevalent, but children not having adequate food to eat when they go home from school is also common.  My platform, H.E.A.L, combines the education people need to make healthy decisions with fundraising efforts to assist in aiding non-profits who provide school-age children with food away from school.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? Choosing not to play college softball and instead choosing to pursue the title of Miss America is definitely the most significant event in my life so far. This decision introduced me to influential people who have helped me become the woman I am today.

The one thing I can’t live without:  I could not live without my friends.  I am an only child, so being close to my friends makes me feel like I have a huge family.

My best friend would describe me as:  Hilarious and compassionate

Something interesting about my family.  I am an only child, and both of my parents graduated from the same high school that I did.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: Rolling over first base and falling into the outfield during a softball game against my high school’s rival team would have to take the cake for the most embarrassing moment in my life.  I hope nothing ever tops it.

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:   I would love to hike up the side of a volcano.  This is out of character for me because hiking is not one of my favorite things to do.

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:  I have a retired Quarter Horse racehorse named Hank.