Lily Boyd Avery

Miss Delta’s OT

Hometown:   Batesville, MS

Scholastic Ambition:   To graduate as valedictorian

Scholastic Honors:   Maintained Highest GPA in my class for 3 consecutive years

Talent:  Vocal Performance

Platform:  Give me 30

What makes you special and unique? I strive to be authentic in my words and actions. I do not want to “follow the crowd.”

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? You are only confined by the walls you build yourself.

What can’t you live without?  Carmex! Never had a chapped lip a day in my life.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? I love Pancho’s 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?  My former voice teacher is a great role model. He has the ability to challenge, to encourage, to help people realize their potential, and pursue his own passions.

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? Because my class is so large, being voted homecoming maid for my grade was really exciting and humbling.

Best compliment you have ever received? My little sister, Jojo, and I are very different, but she once told me she would like to be like me. I’d like to be like her in some ways too.

Secret wish or dream? I’ve been studying Spanish, and it has inspired a dream to study abroad.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? My dad dared me to sing “Popular” from Wicked, at a very crowded beach restaurant for a new pair of Ray-Bans… and it was not pretty.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Although I love being outdoors, I have never been camping. I’d like to try roughing it.

What is your super power? Hula Hooping!

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen 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.

“A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” -Colin Powell

I am Lily Boyd Avery, Miss Delta’s Outstanding Teen 2019. I have always worked hard to achieve my goal and dreams, but this year presented me with an obstacle, something out of my control. I began seeing a rheumatologist. Although I do not have a specific diagnosis yet, my condition has made me more aware of how a person’s health truly affects them. These past six months have made me more empathetic towards others who have to deal with things beyond their control. Volunteering as Miss Delta’s Outstanding Teen, I have worked hard to encourage others to make their dreams a reality, no matter the obstacle. I love being involved with our community, and their support means the world to me. I have been given so much that I believe it is my responsibility and my privilege to give back, which inspired my platform.

My platform is “Give Me 30.” Give me 30 what? Give me 30 minutes of your time. Give me 30 minutes to become something bigger that yourself. Thirty minutes may be only a half hour, but it can change your whole perspective. Everyone has something to give! Try volunteering at a church, at school, or an animal shelter. Find what YOU are passionate about.

I am inspired by the words of Mahatma Ghandi who said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” My hope is that “Give Me 30” can inspire small changes that will make a big difference.