Lily Boyd Avery

Miss Desoto County

Hometown: Batesville, MS

Hobbies: Singing, Playing Piano, Reading, Hunting, and Swimming

School: Batesville Junior High

Scholastic Ambition: To graduate as valedictorian, pursue an undergraduate degree in Mississippi, and get into the law school of my dreams!

Scholastic Honors: Highest GPA in 6th& 7th grades… I have never had a B on a report card!

Talent: Vocal Performance

Platform: Give Me 30

What makes you special and unique?

My grandmother (aka Mamoo) says that I am the best birthday gift ever because I was born on her birthday.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?

I am a competitive sharp shooter.

Best advice you have ever received?

Calm Down.

What can’t you live without?

My music- classical, rap, country, and hymns- you name it!

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

I love Panchos cheese dip with On The Border tortilla chips.

What is your favorite movie genre and why?

Historical fiction because it’s so fun to imagine living in a different time.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

My goal is to be finishing law school.

Most valuable lesson learned?

If I do my best and give my all, things will turn out as they should. I believe God has a plan for me.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?

Savvy Shields is such an inspiration to me because she is so beautiful, talented and she stayed true to who she is to accomplish her goals as Miss America.

What motivates you?

I believe that anything worth doing is worth doing well. I want to live life to the fullest!

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title?

Being voted Class Favorite.

Best compliment you have ever received?

My little sister, Jojo, told me she wanted to be just like me.

Secret wish or dream?

To be a ballerina, although I am not that graceful!

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

My dad dared me to sing “Popular” at a very crowded beach restaurant for a new pair of Raybans… and it was not pretty.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you?

Hitting the gym. My goal is to have abs.

What is your superpower?

Hula Hooping!

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program?

Wearing the crown has opened the door to so many conversations. I have learned the power of words and that inspiration can come from anyone, any age.

Describe yourself in one word.

Perfectionist

A Fun Family Fact?

We cannot say no to a cat.

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.

I am Lily Boyd Avery, an eighth grader at Batesville Junior High School where I am President of Student Council. I am very competitive, not so much with others but with myself. I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried out for our high school volleyball club my sixth grade year. It was very hard being the youngest person on the team and at times I wanted to quit, but I am so glad that I didn’t. Being a part of a team has taught me to be a team player and I’ve fallen in love with the sport and my teammates. Participating in clubs and sports are very important to me but my grades are always my top priority. I hope to graduate as valedictorian which is why I work hard every day to maintain my grades. Grades and scholarships are also very important to the Miss America Organization which really drew me to compete for Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen.

Not many people would guess this about me, but I love competitive shooting. I shoot .22 long rifle for 4-H Shooting Sports, and I have been shooting since I was about five years old. At six years old, I shot my first deer, and I still love heading to the stand with my dad. One of my greatest passions is singing. I have been singing for as long as I can remember. As a child I always loved singing from the hymn book even though I couldn’t read the music like my mom. I sang my first solo, the National Anthem, when I was in the second grade. I have been in love with singing and performing ever since. Now I have the opportunity to sing as my talent for MAOT and I am so excited!

2017 was an exciting year! I feel very blessed, and believe it is my responsibility to pass on my blessings to others. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as Miss Desoto County’s Outstanding Teen!

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.  

My platform, “Give Me 30,” is all about getting involved and staying involved in your community. The meaning behind “Give Me 30” is to do at least 30 minutes of community service every week, and to make a habit of it. I love talking to children about getting involved in their community and making it exciting. I am very passionate about serving my community because my community has done so much for me.

My parents and grandmother have always taught me the importance of giving back, especially when we are given so much. It doesn’t matter if you are helping at church, an animal shelter, the nursing home, or just gathering carts in the Walmart parking lot! Everyone has something to give! I wanted my platform to be one that everyone could relate to and apply to their lives. “Give Me 30” allows a person to find their own unique way to make a difference in the lives of the people around them. I am inspired by the words of Muhatma Ghandi who said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” My hope is that all of these small changes can make a big difference.

My platform, “Give Me 30,” is all about getting involved and staying involved in your community. The meaning behind “Give Me 30” is to do at least 30 minutes of community service every week, and to make a habit of it. I love talking to children about getting involved in their community and making it exciting. I am very passionate about serving my community because my community has done so much for me.

My parents and grandmother have always taught me the importance of giving back, especially when we are given so much. It doesn’t matter if you are helping at church, an animal shelter, the nursing home, or just gathering carts in the Walmart parking lot! Everyone has something to give! I wanted my platform to be one that everyone could relate to and apply to their lives. “Give Me 30” allows a person to find their own unique way to make a difference in the lives of the people around them. I am inspired by the words of Muhatma Ghandi who said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” My hope is that all of these small changes can make a big difference.

 

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