Kayla Brien Braswell

Miss Riverbend

Hometown:   Holcomb

Scholastic Ambition:     Music therapy  

Scholastic Honors:         Headmaster’s list, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl Member

Talent: Vocal  

Platform:   Songs for Smiles: providing joy and hope through music therapy   


What makes you special and unique? I can find a reason to smile in any situation.


What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I am actually very shy

Best advice you have ever received?     “Don’t post anything on social media that you wouldn’t want a future employer, your grandmother, or your preacher to see.”

What can’t you live without?  My family, friends, my animals and of course, chocolate.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?  I love belting show tunes in the stairwells of public buildings because the acoustics are great.

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  Musical theater.  I love how the music helps to convey the emotions of the characters and helps tell the story. It is also just fun to watch. 

Where do you see yourself in ten years?  Performing on Broadway while also owning a local theater to give local performers a chance to shine.

Most valuable lesson learned? Being part of a team doesn’t always mean being the star.  Sometimes your role is to support and cheer on your team.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? Kristen Chenoweth.  She has amazing talent and a big personality in a tiny package.  She gives back to her community through theater programs and workshops for local youth.

What motivates you?      A responsive audience makes me want to perform better and gives me energy.  

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title?    I was the youngest member in the original B.B. King All-star Ensemble

Best compliment you have ever received?     A friend once told me that I make her feel comfortable and welcome anywhere.

Secret wish or dream?   I would love to have lived in Colonial times and   experienced the way they lived.  I love the clothing, traditions and formality.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I tried to jump out of a moving golf cart to sit with my boyfriend’s family at his cross country meet and ended up falling on my face in front of everyone instead.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Scuba Diving.  I do not like to have my head underwater.

What is your super power? The ability to put other people at ease.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? I have learned the importance of being well rounded.

Describe yourself in one word. Genuine

A Fun Family Fact?     My family has perfected the act of peeking at Christmas presents. My grandmother once wore her present for a week before rewrapping it.

My name is Kayla Braswell and I am 16 years old and a sophomore at Kirk Academy.  This is my first year to compete in MMOT and I am so excited to be here!  I have been singing on stage since I was 5 years old and started acting in Community Theater about 3 years ago.  My favorite place to be is on a stage and I dream of being on Broadway someday. I have recently joined my school soccer team and I love being part of a team along with some of my best friends.  We always have fun, even if we don’t win.  This year, I have joined the quiz bowl at school and look forward to competing with my team against other schools. 

A few of my favorite things are Disney, Harry Potter, Stranger Things, musical theater and photography. I am an only child but I love being around children and sometimes get jealous of my friends with siblings.  Animals have always been a big part of my life. I am fortunate that I live in the country with plenty of room for my 2 cats, a dog, 4 ducks and goose and a turkey.  I would like to add goats, cows and a horse to my little farm.  I have also been interested in astronomy since a sixth grade filed trip to a planetarium.  I love sitting outside at night and studying constellations.

My platform is Songs for Smiles, providing comfort and smiles through music. My goals is to provide ukuleles to children facing long term hospitalization in order to provide smiles and comfort during their stay.  I created this project because I believe music is therapeutic and helps create a positive attitude, which promotes healing.

I believe people should use their talents to serve their community.  I will be involving my friends who are gifted in singing, art, public speaking and many more in this project.  I would like to show people that whatever talent they have, it can be used to help others.