Lilly NobleMiss Pearl River Valley
Scholastic Ambition: Major in Law and be admitted to the American Bar Association
Scholastic Honors: 95+ Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, 33 on the ACT
Talent: Vocal Performance
Platform: Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader
What makes you special and unique? I love to listen to people, whether it be about their problems or just a simple story they want to tell. Everybody wants to be heard, and I like to be the person that helps them with that.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I don’t eat beef and haven’t for the past two years because I think cows are absolutely adorable.
Best advice you have ever received? “As long as your heart is in the right place, you can’t control how others feel.”
What can’t you live without? I could not live without music. It is a very important aspect of my life in after school activities with dance and show choir. In simple things like songs playing on the radio or when I sing in the shower, I like when music is all around me.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? I love to watch late nineties and early two thousands girly movies. I could watch Legally Blonde a million times and never get sick of it! A balanced mixture of a woman pursuing a career in law, but still experiencing growing up as a girl is perfect for me.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movies are romantic comedies. The romance usually provides a happy ending while the comedy brings smiles and laughs.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years, I hope to be married and happy in my career. Even if it is not in law, I just hope that it is something that brings me joy and that I am proud of. I also really hope I have a puppy of my own.
Most valuable lesson learned? You cannot control everything that happens in and around your life, but you can control how you react to it and grow stronger from it.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My role model is Hope Bynum, my mother’s dear friend. Before Hope passed away due to breast cancer, she impacted many people’s lives. By working with the HeArtworks organization, Stewpot, Junior League of Jackson, Hope Credit Union, Anderson United Methodist Church, and local public schools, she brought happiness to many through art, education, food, and friendship.
What motivates you? Each day is a fresh start and an opportunity to be a better version of myself.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest non-academic accomplishment is winning the citizenship award two years in a row at two different schools. Winning awards for getting good grades are great but being awarded for being yourself and caring for others is even better.
Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment I’ve ever received was being there for somebody when no one else was.
Secret wish or dream? I wish I could go to Egypt to see the pyramids.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? My freshman year I got to be on the front row for a song in our show choir show. I was super excited because I was right in front of my family who had come to watch me. Unfortunately, my heels got connected and I fell flat on my face!
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? One day I would like to donate blood. I am extremely scared of needles, but I want to be able to provide for those who need it.
What is your super power? My super power is listening and talking with others. I try not to just hear what my friends are saying but respond and try to help them with what they need.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? With a Miss Mississippi OT Title, anyone could be watching you to follow in your footsteps. You must live a life that you would want others to mirror. Also, through this program you can meet girls and become close friends with them which you never would have otherwise.
Describe yourself in one word. Passionate
A Fun Family Fact? One of my great uncles on my mother’s side was Turner Catledge. He was born on a farm in Ackerman, Mississippi, and rose to become the executive editor of The New York Times
Hi everybody! My name is Lilly Noble and I’m a sixteen-year-old from Brandon, Mississippi. I am the daughter of Lanis Noble and Tracy Gilbert. I am the baby of my family with an older sister, Callie, and an older brother, Phillip. By pure coincidence, each of us have double Ls in the middle of our names, which I think is so very special!
I went to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School for my elementary years where I discovered my love for singing in our Chapel choir and music classes. I’m currently enrolled at Jackson Preparatory School where I have been since sixth grade. There, I am a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. I am on the Special Events Committee for our Service Club. Community service has always been a huge part of my life starting with the summer when I was seven. Each Tuesday morning, I went and worked alongside my mom and role model, Hope, at the Heartworks organization connected with Stewpot. This past year I earned the Presidential Community Service Award for 100 hours of service. At Prep, I am also involved in our high school show choir, Reveillon. I have done show choir since the eighth grade. Before that, I was involved in the seventh-grade choir, Patriot Singers. As a child, I was a part of our youth choir at Saint James Episcopal Church where I still attend. Beginning dance at the age of five, enabled me to develop into a competitive level. Activities like these are what made me love to perform and be on stage. The lights shining down on one and the applause after a finished performance are some of the best feelings in the world!
For the past ten summers, I have gone to Camp Skyline Ranch for Girls in Mentone, Alabama. Each July I would spend two weeks on top of Lookout Mountain creating some of the most incredible friendships and strengthening my relationship with the Lord. This past summer, which was my last, I was part of their Leadership Training Program. Discovering my love for teaching kids, I am forever thankful for the many skills this wonderful place has taught me. Whether it be on the stage, in the classroom, or at camp, I love to learn. I cannot wait to see what the Miss Mississippi OT competition teaches me!
Looking back to when I was a little girl, I remember how much I loved to listen to a book being read to me at bedtime. As I grew up, this love for reading just grew stronger as I began being able to read picture books and eventually was reading novels. I cannot imagine my life without being able to read. The fundamental skill of reading is a necessity of every subject in school and is the basis of day to day life. My platform, “Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader,” encourages reading at a young age to build a firm foundation for a future of growth, knowledge, and leadership.
My home state of Mississippi is ranked last in the United States in literacy levels. My platform allows me the opportunity to provide easy “learning to read” materials to families in our state to start the journey of a love for reading before students are required to read in the classroom. In Mississippi, many parents work multiple jobs, and some are assuming the role of both mother and father. It is difficult for parents in such circumstances to provide the materials and time to read with their children. Someone being willing to simply read a child a book could dramatically change their life!
My plan for “Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader” is to target young students in first through third grades in order to ensure that they are fully prepared for the third grade reading gate state assessment. I plan to prepare sets containing booklets and a pack of colored pencils to assist in keeping these young minds engaged while learning. This allows the students to practice their newly learned skills at home, rather than just in the classroom environment. In order to make this knowledge concrete, students must be surrounded by literacy all hours of the day.
With Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen backing this initiative, a huge difference could be made that would bring our state to a higher level of literacy and learning. The accessibility todevelop and nurture a love for reading, can change a child’s future.