Kate Blankenship

Miss Grenada

Hometown:   Grenada

Scholastic Ambition:   To attend law school and pursue a career in civil and criminal law

Scholastic Honors:  Academic Excellence; Perfect Score 8th Grade State Math Test; Advance Placement State Tests; Honor Graduate 8th Grade; Entergy Grant Award; Highest Average 8th grade Social Studies and Robotics; Selected to take early PSAT

Talent:   Jazz Dance

Platform:   Outlive Yourself

What makes you special and unique? I have a blended family. Some may look at it as a downfall, but I choose to look at it as a gift because I have more people to love and do life with.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I am a daredevil. I’m not afraid to try new things. Win or lose, I’m ready for new experiences and the life lessons that come with them.

Best advice you have ever received? To forgive and forget. By learning to forgive others, I now understand that we are all going to make mistakes and that forgiveness gives me freedom and the hope that others will forgive me for my mistakes as well.

What can’t you live without?  Jesus! I know when times are hard, when I am sad, lonely, or just need comfort all I need to do is talk to Jesus.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Taco Bell’s Baja Blast Freeze

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Drama – because they show human beings at their best, worst, and everything in-between

Where do you see yourself in ten years? Finishing law school and pursuing my career as a civil and criminal attorney

Most valuable lesson learned? To always love and spend time with your family because you never know when God will need them back

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?  My nanny because of her determination to overcome the many obstacles that she has endured. I also admire her love for God and her family.

What motivates you? Being told I can’t do something.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My numerous championships in soccer and softball

Best compliment you have ever received? That I have beautiful eyes. I consider this a compliment because I’ve always heard that your eyes are the windows to your soul.

Secret wish or dream? To go skydiving

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I loved my pacifier and a pink silky blanket that I referred to as “mine.” I sucked that pacifier and carried my “mine” almost until I went to kindergarten.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? To go on a mission trip to a foreign country – live like they do and eat what they eat for a month

What is your super power? My super power is my determination.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? I’ve learned that true beauty lies within and that to be successful you must be kind, talented, well-spoken and work hard.

Describe yourself in one word. Tenacious

A Fun Family Fact? I have a niece that is four months older than me. She lives with us and has been like my sister for my entire life.

My name is Kate Blankenship and I am honored to be Miss Grenada’s Outstanding Teen 2019. I am the youngest of four siblings and the only girl.

I attend Emmanuel Baptist Church and am involved in all youth activities there. I am a 15 year old freshman at Grenada High School and a member of the GHS varsity soccer and softball teams. I have also been a cheerleader since 7th grade. I am a straight A student and take honor classes.

My favorite subject is math and I was recently recognized by my school district because I made a perfect score on my state math test.

I love sports and outside of school I play travel soccer with MS Flood Futbol Club and travel softball with MS Motion. I am a proud member of Grenada’s Sub Deb Cotillion Club and the Junior Auxiliary Crown Club where I currently serve as Vice President. I enjoy serving my community through the various community service activities afforded to me through Crown Club. I danced with Prestige Dance Company for six years and recently rediscovered my love for dance.

I hope to play collegiate soccer and pursue a Juris Doctor degree to become a civil and criminal attorney. My interest in a law degree was sparked through some very unfortunate circumstances. I want to study law to be able to represent others in similar situations.

Organ donation is the process of giving an organ or part of an organ for the purpose of transplantation into another person. Both deceased and living organ donation begins with a person who recognizes an opportunity to help others. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people benefit from donated tissue and organs to regain their sight, mobility, and even their lives. I’ve chosen “Outlive Yourself” as my platform in order to bring awareness to the importance of saving life, sight and mobility through organ and tissue donation.

Every day approximately 22 people die waiting for the organ that would have given them a second chance at life. In the United States, a new person goes on the waiting list every 10 minutes. From a single donor, up to eight lives can be saved through organ donation, and between 50 and 75 lives can be healed through tissue donations.

Ninety-five percent of Americans are in favor of being a donor but only 58% are registered donors. On June 2, 2018 my family became part of that 58% when my brother was tragically killed by a hit and run driver. My brother was a registered donor and at the time of his death, my mother was notified by MORA (Mississippi Organ and Recovery Agency) informing her of my brother’s wishes. During our time of grief, we took comfort in knowing that my brother helped someone else. I plan to use our story and my platform to increase awareness of the importance of organ donation.

I hope to change current behaviors by explaining the process and also sharing how his gift helped me deal with some of my grief.