Katy PikeMiss Red Hills
Scholastic Ambition: Pursue a degree in either music education or criminal investigation
Scholastic Honors: Mayor’s Award for Engineering
Platform: Thunder Buddy
What makes you special and unique? I am special and unique because of the fact that I once suffered from severe stage fright; however, I have learned to manage and control it.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? One thing about me that people might not immediately realize is that I am a funny person, at least that’s what my friends and family say. I am shy until you get to know me, but once I open up, I like to make people laugh.
Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I have ever received is that it is okay to have opinions; however, don’t be so fixed on your own opinion that you are not open to new ideas. Just because someone disagrees with you, doesn’t mean they are wrong.
What can’t you live without? One thing I can’t live without is chicken strips for breakfast. It is the only thing I will eat in the morning!
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure is watching RoBlox videos in my spare time. The user that I watch is very funny, makes me laugh, and helps me relax before I go to sleep.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is scary movies because I LOVE them. I like the thrill and adrenaline rush you get while watching them.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In 10 years, I see myself teaching little kids, possible kindergarten or first grade.
Most valuable lesson learned? My most valuable lesson learned in my life so far is nothing comes easy. Everything worth having, you must work for.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? Christana Landress. She and I recently connected through this amazing organization and she became my pageant coach. She has helped me in so many ways. I don’t think I would be here without her.
What motivates you? My friends motivate me because they don’t let me limit myself. They push me out of my comfort zone and make me try new things. They believe in me even when I don’t.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest non-academic accomplishment is having my step-grandfather and step-dad teach me to ride horses. I have always loved horses, but I was always scared to try. They helped me overcome a fear that has turned into one of my favorite activities.
Best compliment you have ever received? I competed at the same preliminary last year and this year. Two women who were at both pageants came up to me after this year’s competition to tell me how proud they were of me. They could see how hard I had worked and how much I had grown in confidence in the last year.
Secret wish or dream? My secret wish is to one day sing at the Super Bowl.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? When I first started learning to ride horses, my sister and I were riding together. Needless to say, it ended with both of us on the ground with sore bottoms.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I have always wanted to try bungee jumping. I am not normally a thrill seeker when it comes to that kind of thing, but it seems like it would be fun.
What is your super power? My superpower is always being able to make someone laugh. If you are having a bad day, I will do my best to help you find a positive and put a smile on your face.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? Competitors can be friends. Gracie Weeden and I did many of the same preliminaries this year. Getting to know each other and cheering each other one only makes being sister queens that much better.
Describe yourself in one word. Stubborn
A Fun Family Fact? Every Wednesday we have Pizza Wednesday. Wednesday is the middle of the week and my mom never wants to cook on Wednesday.
Who am I? One of the most difficult questions to answer. Over the past year, I have changed in so many ways. I once was shy, timid, and a pushover. In 2020, I am strong, confident, and willing to stand up for myself. Competing with this organization has helped me grow into a person I love.
I have a blended family that I love more than anything. I live with my mom, step-dad, and sister most of the time here in Mississippi. I also have an older brother. My parents’ divorce was one of the hardest things I have ever been through, but seeing where we are now, I have so many more people in my life to love. Not only did I get a bonus dad, but I also got a bonus sister and grandparents as well.
I have a few hobbies. Most importantly, music is everything to me. I listen to and love all types of music. If I am not singing, I am probably sleeping. I also have a newly discovered love for horses. I recently got my own horse. Her name is B and she is my best friend. Last but not least, I love true crime shows on television.
I have suffered from storm anxiety since I was a small child. However, after the 2011 tornado outbreak, my anxiety started showing up more frequently during severe weather outbreaks. My anxiety progressed to the point where I would get scared of every storm that came near the area. Once I got older, my mom took me to a storm spotter meeting where I learned what tornadoes were and how to stay safe during a severe weather event. I want to teach the community and Mississippi some of what I learned using my platform, Thunder Buddy. While it is okay to be scared of severe weather, many people get over their fear of severe weather by learning about it. Many meteorologists on air today had a fear of severe weather when they were younger. Because of my love for weather, but also my advocacy for anxiety awareness, my platform Thunder Buddy was born.
Many people face anxiety head on every day, but it can intensify when severe weather is possible. No one likes the loud noise of roaring thunder. Veterans and people who have been directly impacted by severe weather such as hurricanes, floods, or tornadoes may have an increase in anxiety or even PTSD when potential for severe weather arrives.
Two things that have helped me confront my storm anxiety are education and use of a weighted blanket. I hope to raise funds to provide weighted blankets for elderly and veterans suffering from PTSD. I also plan to provide education to small groups throughout the state. When thunder roars, it is not always outdoors. Anxiety is a storm of its own. I want help to reduce the internal storm for people through coping strategies and the use of weighted blankets.