Leah Ann Boyd

Miss Greenville

Hometown:   Madison, Alabama                                            

Platform:      Advocating for Music Education

Talent:           Piano

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?   Mississippi State University

What is your major?         Music Education – Vocal and Piano Concentrations                                                    

What is your scholastic ambition?   After I graduate Mississippi State, I am planning to attend graduate school and study vocal performance and collaborative piano.

List scholastic honors:    Presidential Endowed Scholar, 4.0 GPA, Shackouls Honors College Member,President’s List, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, MSU Music Department Most Outstanding Musician Award and Director’s Award

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:     I loved having the opportunity to sing onstage at Carnegie Hall twice. I think that performing on that iconic stage is every musician’s dream. One day, I hope to go back as a headliner!

What is your favorite style of music?   As a music major, I adore classical and operatic genres. However, in the car or at home I enjoy jamming to anything upbeat and fun.

What is your favorite movie genre and why?    I enjoy watching comedies; I love to laugh!

What is your favorite gadget?    My Victrola record player

What is your favorite blog?        Thoughts of Dog

What is your favorite place to visit?     New York City

What is your favorite food?   All types of pasta

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?   Pride and Prejudice

Do you twitter?       Yes! I love keeping up with current events on twitter.                                                                                        

What is your favorite?  

Sport:            SEC Football            Sports Team:   MSU Bulldogs

Actor:   Fred Astaire                       Actress:  Sandra Bullock 

Television Program:         Gilmore Girls                        

Wardrobe Accessory:      Sentimental jewelery, like charm bracelets or rings                       

Thing to do on a weekend:    Bike, travel with friends, play with my cat

Way to spend a day off:   Learn new signs in ASL and catch up on sleep 

What is your hometown like?     The Huntsville area contains a very large number of engineers (including both of my parents), so I grew up surrounded by very bright, innovative people. My “rocket city” overflows with southern hospitality, beautiful mountainous scenery, and a vibrant, high-tech culture.                                                                                                                                                           

What were you like when you were a child?   I have always been a performer; as soon as I could stand and talk,I was dancing and singing. I was a highly vivacious child (sorry, Mom!), but I was independent, curious, and an extremely avid reader. 

Who is the most influential person in your life? My mother has always been my positive role model and influential figure in my life. Besides leading by example on how to live a Christ-centered life, she has always encouraged me to achieve nothing less than what I am capable of.She has always supported my musical endeavors, from paying for me to take lessons and sing in choirs, to going to great lengths to always attend my concerts. She shows me what unconditional love looks like.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?    I enjoy learning and talking about cars and how they work.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:  In the 7th grade, I struggled to find a place where I “fit in.”My safe haven at school was choir. That year, the class voted me “Best Soprano.” I remember the importance of this moment as I realized that I indeed had a talent and found a place to belong in music.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?        I have learned that despite the message of modern media, young women do not have to and should not have to choose between being a smart, world changing, independent, empowered woman and being “beautiful.”Women in the Miss America Program are all of the above.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?    I would visit schools statewide and interact with students directly as a mentor to support music performances and to encourage students to get involved in the arts.I also would talk with and advocate to state lawmakers and school administrators about the benefits of music education in order to expand access to quality music education programs and the Mississippi Whole Arts Initiative for Mississippi students.I believe every one of our state’s students could benefit positively from music education and the integration of the arts into our classrooms, and I want to convey that message across Mississippi.                                                                                                                                               

What is your secret wish or dream?    To tap dance and sing on Broadway 

 I’m motivated by:  The satisfaction that comes from putting in practice and lots of hard work into my dreams. 

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?  I advocate for music education because I have personally experienced its many benefits and I believe that every child deserves a quality music education.Music classes have been a deeply integral and positive part of my life; they have given me confidence, personal discipline, opportunities to express myself, and a community of lifelong friends.                                                                                                                                                           

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?   When I accepted Christ and was baptized on Easter.

The one thing I can’t live without:         Music                                                

My best friend would describe me as:    Friendly, goal-oriented, determined,caring, charismatic, and lively.

Something interesting about my family:    My great-great-great-great-great grandfather sold his house to George Washington, who gave it to his mother, Martha. You can still visit it today!

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:              When I was 16 and had just gotten my license, a cop pulled me over for an expired license plate.My parents had just forgotten to change the sticker, but it still gave me a heart attack…I thought I was about to lose my driving privileges forever!

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:  Hike the Appalachian Trail

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:    I rescued my cat (Vader)and I have a Maltese (Lily) back home in Madison.