Kali Lee

Miss Clinton Outstanding Teen  

Hometown: Clinton, MS

Hobbies: All areas of dance in competition; teaching dance and choreography, and making videos for my YouTube channel

School: Mt. Salus Christian School

Scholastic Ambition: Pursue Psychology and become a therapist

Scholastic Honors: All American Musician Award Clinton Public School; Band Directors Favorite Award Clinton Public School; highest MCT test average of 2014; district science fair finalist 2016 and Junior class Salutatorian

Talent: Dance

Platform: Mentoring Preteen Girls about Positive outlook on life through “I’m Listening”

What makes you special and unique? Every human is unique and different in their own way so I guess being myself makes me special.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I have fought many battles to get to where I am today.

Best advice you have ever received? To live for an audience of One.

What can’t you live without? Definitely snack pack red jello cups.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Painting

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Romantic comedies because they all have happy endings.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? Finishing my Psychology Doctorate, working as a therapist and eventually having my own practice.

Most valuable lesson learned? To be open minded to those who have a different opinions.

Most valued role model(other than your mother) and why? When I think of a role model I think of someone that I would like to live my life most like. So from that perspective I have many but there is only one completely perfect role model and that is Jesus.

What motivates you? Seeing even the tiniest results in what I have been working on.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Being able to teach children what I love and seeing the results is a pretty great accomplishment but probably winning the LA dance scholarship last year.

Best compliment you have ever received? I’m not sure about the best compliment but I know that my favorite compliment is when people recognize my honesty.

Secret wish or dream? To travel out of the country at least 5 times a year and to visit all seven wonders of the world.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? In seventh grade I was walking out of the car going into school and my mother rolls down the window and begins to sing/scream an entire Chicago song. Once I told her to stop, she decided to get out of the car and do a little dance. It’s still the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to me.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Of all the activities I am a part of or would like to be a part of, a pageant is actually most unique for me.

What is your super power?I have an ability to understand people and communicate on different levels.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I’ve learned how to express myself and communicate my standpoint better.

Describe yourself in one word. Real

A Fun Family Fact? I have five siblings and they are all girls.

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.

My name is Kali Lee and I am Miss Clinton Outstanding Teen 2017.  I am sixteen years old, I teach dance at Dance Works Studio and this is my first time participating in the Miss Mississippi Program. Growing up a dancer, cheerleader, teacher and a busy big sister to three younger siblings, who are now six, seven and nine, I never really did much pageantry, but I am so excited and proud to be carrying this title!

I love my hometown of Clinton, but I also love to travel. My family is from all around the world so I spend a decent amount of time visiting my relatives in many different countries. I actually spent this past summer in Brazil with my great grandparents! Having an ethnic family really has shaped, and is continuing to shape the person I am. Being exposed to many different cultures, opinions and ways of living, I believe it is important to expand ways of learning, thinking and communicating. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity!

I am so proud to represent my city in this pageant. I have a special thank you for everyone who has helped me get to where I am now and to anyone that has taken the time to read a little bit about me!

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.

Making a difference in peoples lives through counseling is truly my passion. I want to positively impact someone’s life by being there for others because many have been there for me.I began to influence young girls’ lives by encouraging them to have a positive self out-look through my mentor group called “I’m Listening: Teens We Are Not Alone.” These are small groups of preteen girls that come together under a mentorship of an older teenager to have a safe place to talk about life.

When I was a young teenager I had many doubts about myself and felt I was the only one with those feelings. This pressured me into questioning my self worth and self esteem. My parents would hear me out sometimes, but I felt like they couldn’t understand me. I was always left alone with my feelings, consumed with a false image of myself and extremely insecure about every little thing. Little did I know, these are very common thoughts for people (especially preteen girls.) I began to realize that if I were part of a small group of girls that are just like me, I wouldn’t feel like I was going through everything alone.From this, I created “I’m Listening,” which provides young teenage girls the opportunity to be comforted in the fact that they are anything but alone.