Lexie Paige Bowen

Local Title: Miss Red Carpet City’s OT

Hometown: Nettleton, MS

Hobbies: Competitive Dance, choir, reading, yodeling, jokes, and fishing

Scholastic Ambition: I plan to attend Mississippi State University to become a nutritionist so that I personally can work hands on with my platform Heart disease: the silent killer to better people’s life and sway them away from heart disease with a nutritional approach.

Scholastic Honors: National Beta club member, A Honor roll, All superior honor Choir, Leadership award, math science and english awards

Talent: Jazz dance to Faith

Platform: The Silent Killer: Heart Disease

What makes you special and unique? The fact that I always have such a positive attitude. I am an extreme optimist in all situations. I’ve always thought it is better to look at the cup half full rather than half empty.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I can be a bit of a tomboy at times. No one really notices that because I adore makeup and cute clothing, but in my down time I love to go out on the boat and fish with my siblings. I also love to ride four wheelers and be outside.

Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I’ve ever received would have to be “We are what we repeatedly do.”  -Aristotle.  I am a firm believer that our actions shape our lives. The decisions and actions we take will impact us ten, twenty, even fifty years down the road. It is important that we practice love, kindness, generosity, and encouragement.

What can’t you live without? I couldn’t live without my family and friends. I have such a huge support system and I honestly don’t know where I would be without them.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Pizza. All kinds of pizza.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Comedy. I love to laugh and have a good time so funny movies are perfect for me. A close second would have to be Disney movies. I am a child at heart.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I hope to be working as a nutritionist to help people make healthy food choices and lead a healthy lifestyle. My platform is heart disease awareness so I can’t wait to be able to actually play a part in keeping people healthy and helping them avoid developing this terrible disease.

Most valuable lesson learned? The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that I can make a difference in the lives of people. Working with my platform, heart disease, I have helped create workout plans for families and have even taught dancercise classes for children. It makes me so happy to see that I can play a part in helping people lead a healthy, happy lifestyle.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My choir teacher. She is kindhearted and doesn’t give up on people. If I had to choose a woman to model myself after it would be her.

What motivates you? The future motivates me most. I want to work hard today so I can have a good tomorrow.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Winning first place overall at dance competition. After placing in the top ten multiple times, I set a goal to reach the top five. I worked extremely hard all year by spending extra time in the studio and stretching every night. I was so surprised and excited when at competition that year, not only did I accomplish my goal of making top five, I exceeded my goal and won first place overall.

Best compliment you have ever received? “My daughter adores you.” I’m the assistant teacher at my competitive dance studio and that means that many times I work with the younger students on things such as solos and technique. It warms my heart when parents thank me for encouraging their young dancers. It’s a huge honor to have such a positive influence on others.

Secret wish or dream? My secret dream is to be a storm chaser. I’m not sure why, but storms have always fascinated me for some reason. I would love to travel studying tornadoes and their paths. Maybe I’m just sort of an adrenaline junkie.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? The most embarrassing thing that has happened to me would have to be the time I hit a dance judge in the head with one of my props. My solo that year was a queen of hearts theme so I had a large queen of hearts playing card that I used for a while then tossed to the side of the stage. Unfortunately, when I tossed the card it caught a bit of wind and flew more at an angle than to the side. I was mortified when the card actually hit one of the judges right in the face. They all started laughing and luckily I still got a good score.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Climbing a mountain. I’m scared of heights so I think that would definitely be out of character for me.

What is your super power? Making people laugh. I love a good joke, or a corny joke.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? The most important thing I’ve learned is that no matter your age, you can make a difference. The incredible thing about Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Mississippi is that it brings together girls as young as 13 and women up to 24, who are working to better themselves and their communities. I think it’s amazing to see so many girls and women who want to make a difference and are succeeding in doing so.

Describe yourself in one word. Fun.

A Fun Family Fact? My family and I love to set up fun obstacle courses during get-togethers during the summer. We are an active family and love to find multiple ways to combine fun and exercise.

Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are. Keep in mind the questions you’ve already been asked and include other things that you would like people to know about you.

My name is Lexie Bowen, I am 16 years old and come from a super small town called Nettleton. We have a lot of stop signs but not a single red light. I come from a close family. I have two siblings, an older brother and sister which makes me the baby of the family. I am a junior at Nettleton High School and leader of the student spirit section. So it goes without saying, I love my school. I am also a teacher at Art in Motion Competitive Dance where I competed for four seasons before becoming a choreographer. Jokes are my thing. I try everyday to make the people I come in contact with giggle or smile with the loads of corny jokes stuck up my sleeve. Musicals are also a huge favorite of mine. I learned the art of yodeling with my choir teacher after I fell in love with the Sound of Music. I adore all outdoor activities including storm chasing which fills all my adrenaline desires. Don’t let the heart I have for makeup and fashion fool you, I am quite the tomboy.

Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject. Be sure to name your platform and give a brief explanation of its purpose as well.

Heart Disease, the silent killer. A little over a year ago, I was given the harsh reality of what heart disease is and who it can affect. My father, a previously perfectly healthy man, was diagnosed with a case of heart disease so severe that the doctors predicted he would be dead within a year if he didn’t change his life style. That was the moment I realized how important a healthy life style is. My family immediately started making the necessary changes in diet and began a family exercise program. Now my father’s heart disease is managed and his overall health has greatly improved.
About 610,000 people in the United States die of heart disease each year. That means approximately 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. Heart disease is also the #1 killer of women. I would like to use the opportunities give to me by this title to educate people on how to avoid becoming one of those numbers. Education is key and showing people that a healthy life is possible and can even be enjoyable will help decrease those numbers.
The great thing about the MAOT program is that it already promotes a healthy life style through the lifestyle and fitness portion of the competition. So, I believe that my platform and this program could work hand in hand to effectively work towards decreasing heart disease deaths and statistics. Social media, public speaking, appearances, and fitness classes are all ways I can use my title to promote my platform and at the same time, give my title recognition. I am very invested in both my platform and this program and I would consider it an honor to have the opportunity to work with both at the same time and promote a healthier and more successful tomorrow.