Kate BlankenshipMiss Rankin County
Scholastic Ambition: To attend law school and pursue a career in civil and criminal law
Scholastic Honors: Ranked #3 in class, Academic Excellence, Selected to take early PSAT, Perfect score
Talent: Jazz Dance
Platform: Outlive Yourself (Organ Donation)
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 with whom to share life.
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? 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? My biggest guilty pleasure is Taco Bell’s Baja Blast Freeze. I love them!
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is drama because they show human beings at their best, worst, and everything in-between.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years, I see myself finishing law school and pursuing my career as a civil and criminal attorney.
Most valuable lesson learned? The most valuable lesson I have learned is 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 most valued role model is my nanny because of her determination and endurance. She has overcome many obstacles in her life. I also admire her love for God and her family.
What motivates you? Being told that I can’t do something is probably one of my biggest motivators.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My numerous championships in soccer and softball are some of my greatest non-academic accomplishments
Best compliment you have ever received? One of the best compliments I have received is being told that I have beautiful eyes. I consider this a compliment because I have always heard that your eyes are the windows to your soul.
Secret wish or dream? My secret wish is 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? I would like to go on a mission trip to a foreign country and experience life they do and eat what they eat for a month. This is something I have never experienced.
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 I. 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 Rankin County’s Outstanding Teen 2020. 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 16 year old sophomore at Grenada High School and a member of the Grenada High School varsity soccer and softball teams. I have also been a cheerleader since 7th grade and am a 3 yr All American Cheerleader. I am a straight A student and take honor classes. I am currently ranked #3 of 245 students in my class, and I’m working hard to rank higher. My favorited subject is math and I was 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, Anchor Club and the Junior Auxiliary Crown Club where I currently serve as President. I am also a member of my school’s Interact Club and Mu Alpha Theta Club. I enjoy serving my community through the various community service activities afforded to me through my church and clubs. I danced with Prestige Dance Company for six years and recently rediscovered my love for dance.
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 improved through tissue donations. Ninety-five percent of Americans are in favor of being a donor but only 58% are actually registered. On June 2, 2018 my family became part of that 58%. My brother was tragically killed by a hit and run driver. My brother was a registered organ donor and at the time of his death, my mother was notified by MORA informing her of my brother’s wishes. During our time of grief, we took comfort in knowing that my brother helped someone else. I have been using our story and my platform to increase awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation. I have been working to change current behaviors by explaining the process and also sharing how my brother’s selfless act of giving the gift of life has helped me