Khloe Elyse Cockerham

Miss Neshoba County

Hometown:   Union, MS

Scholastic Ambition:   To obtain a Doctor of Dental Medicine Specializing in Orthodontics

Scholastic Honors:   Honor Roll Student, Geometry Award, inducted into Leadership Neshoba, Credit Student (is or has taken college English Comp I and II, US History, College Algebra, and Trigonometry) through William Carey and East Central Community College, member of the Beta Club since the 6th grade

Talent:    Vocal performance of “Tomorrow”

Platform:   Attacking Addiction: Prevention, Recovery, and Restoring Families

What makes you special and unique? I am the exact representation of a “young adult.”

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I totaled my first car 30 minutes after getting my driver’s license.

Best advice you have ever received? Do not judge someone because you never know what road they had to travel to get here.

What can’t you live without?   Chapstick, however minor that may seem, I always have some with me.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?  Midnight snacks, it is definitely not a good habit.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Drama, some are relatable and very inspirational.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I will be 27, and I hope to be a successful orthodontist.

Most valuable lesson learned? Things are not always as they appear.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?   James Cockerham, my grandfather, life has thrown a lot his way, but he keeps a smile on his face and stands strong in his faith.

What motivates you?   The fear of failure.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Surviving each day. I live with four of my younger brothers. Each day is adventurous and never the same. So, surviving their day to day adventures is an accomplishment.

Best compliment you have ever received? “I love your personality.”

Secret wish or dream? Due to the unpredictable Mississippi weather, I wished I lived on a perfect 70 degree beach year round.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I tripped and fell over a tug-of war rope during a school pep rally.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would love to go sky diving! I like to play it safe and am not a “thrill seeker” so while it might not be a big deal to some, it would most definitely be out of character for me.

What is your super power? Always trying to put myself in other people’s shoes and seeing things the way they do.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? I have learned how to be my best self.

Describe yourself in one word. Unique

A Fun Family Fact? I am the oldest of eight siblings. Of which only two of us are girls.

I am Khloe Cockerham. I am from the small town of Union, Mississippi where I have lived my entire life. I’m the daughter of Brent and Chasity Cockerham and Wayne and Kelly Williams. I am the oldest of eight siblings between the two families. I am 17 years old and a junior a Union High School where I am enrolled in an honors program which dual enrolls me in college classes through William Carey and East Central Community College. I am also a member of Beta, FBLA, HOSA, Student Council, Diamond Girls, Cheerleading, and Tennis. My favorite class is English composition II where we get the opportunity to learn college skills, and we have “late day.”

I am also a member of First Baptist Church of Union where I do several mission projects and attend mission trips. At this point in my life, I have been to New York, Haiti, and my hometown, Union. I plan to continue my desire to help others by attending more mission trips. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and friends, play with my little brothers, cuddle with my cats, snapchat, travel, and listen to music.

In an effort to purse my dream I plan to attend the University of Mississippi to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science Degree. Then, further my education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to get a degree in Dentistry. I then plan on specializing in orthodontics.

Selecting ” Attacking Addiction: Prevention, Recovery, and Restoring Families ” as my platform was very easy for me. Drug Addiction has greatly impacted my life: past, present, and will continue to influence my future. From my experience, drugs have a major impact on the addict and the people who love them the most. My struggle of loving a drug addict has given me a massive desire to help those in similar situations.

Growing up I had a rough childhood. At a very young age of 5, my parents got a divorce, and shortly after that my mom fell into the temptation of drugs. Her drug addiction started out occasionally when only certain people would be at the house but quickly grew to her being an everyday IV drug user. From day to day, I never knew what life would throw my way. I knew that she loved my siblings and myself, but she just was not the woman she once was. I was put in a position in which I had to take care of my little brothers, and it was far from easy. I was simply a kid raising toddlers.

Each day was a different “adventure”. Would I get to school? Would we have something to eat? We were blessed with a good father and great grandparents, that and the love of Jesus Christ, is the only reason we have the lives we do today. My father and grandparents did what they could to keep us away from the mess addiction had created in our life. Fortunately, when I was 11, the police found drugs in my mom’s house. Her struggle with addiction did not end there, but my struggle of living with it did. After that, I got to go live with my father and his wife.

Even now, years later, I struggle with loving a recovering addict. My mom has been clean for six years and is remarried and happy. I never thought we would see the day that she would be clean and that I would have “my mama” back.  Not only that but both my families are now friends working together to raise my brothers and myself as a happy blended family.  My family worked hard to overcome life’s lemons, and it is my desire to help others do the same. I want people to say “NO” to drugs and help people like my mother see that they still have a chance to get better and change their lives. Even though they messed up today, they have tomorrow to get it right.