Macken’z Smith

Miss Greenville

Hometown:   Philadelphia, MS                                                                            

Platform:      Skin Cancer Prevention & Awareness

Talent:   Vocal

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

What is your major?    Audiology                                                                                                                      

What is your scholastic ambition?   Earn my Doctorate degree in Audiology                                                                                                                                                    

List scholastic honors:    MACJC Academic All State, ACT Scholarship, Deans List Honors Graduate, University of Southern Mississippi Honor Society

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:   Winning State/Region 23 Tennis Championship                         

What is your favorite style of music?    I listen to all music.  From Dolly Parton to Beyoncé!

What is your favorite movie genre and why?    I love movies that are based on true stories.  My favorite is “My All-American”, it tells the unbelievable story of Freddie Steinmark and Texas football.                                                                                                                                                           

What is your favorite gadget?    My laptop!  It keeps me organized and I couldn’t make it through school without it.

What is your favorite blog?        I don’t have one favorite blog.  I enjoy all types ranging from fashion to cooking.

What is your favorite place to visit?    Jackson, NJ.  The tallest rollercoaster, Kingda Ka, is there!

What is your favorite food?   I love Ichiban.   I think I could eat it every day. 

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?          I would want the book on how to survive on a deserted island.                                                                                                                                                                

Do you twitter?       Yes I do.  Follow me @Mackie_smith                                                                                                     

What is your favorite?  

Sport:   Tennis                                                              

Sports Team:   Chicago White Sox                    

Actor:    Johnny Depp                          

Actress:    Shailene Woodley

Television Program:    This Is Us                                                                      

Wardrobe Accessory:      Pony Tail Holder                             

Thing to do on a weekend:    I like to relax from a busy week and read a good book.

Way to spend a day off:   As crazy as it may sound…I actually like to clean!

What is your hometown like?     Very Unique!  We are home of Mississippi’s Giant House Party,  The Neshoba County Fair, also Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Choctaw Indian Fair know for famous World Stick Ball.  We are also home of Williams Brothers, the oldest General Mercantile Store.

What were you like when you were a child?   I was a complete tomboy, which meant no bows or dresses.  Some people say I am a daddy’s girl and I was always outside getting into something.

Who is the most influential person in your life?       My high school tennis coach.  He saw something in me and the kind of player and person I could be.  He pushed me to work hard for my dreams.  He taught me to never give up and always go after my goals.  He taught me to learn from my failures.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?    That I am a complete nerd.  I’m a nerd in every way, from reading books to even being a Star Wars fan.  I may not show it but I love it.                                                                                                                                 

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:           I tore my ACL two weeks before state tennis tournament.  I worked my whole high school career to win a state championship and in a matter of seconds it was gone.  After surgery I wanted to give up, but people believed in me and that made me work harder.  Never give up on something you love.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?    That this program is a “giving” organization.   It brings together strong, intelligent women who work for the community and schools promoting important issues.   It is about empowering women which has taught me that even though I am only one person, I have a voice and I can make a difference.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?         I want to accomplish the passing of Mississippi Senate Bill 2213, which would keep anyone under 18 from using tanning beds.  I also plan to cover school playgrounds and protect children from the sun while they are playing and having fun.  I want to learn and share all the beautiful things about the state of Mississippi.                                                                                                                                      

What is your secret wish or dream?    To be unconditionally happy.  No matter what I’m doing or where I am in life.  I want to always keep my positivity and spread happiness to those around me.

I’m motivated by:  I’m very self-motivated.  I love setting goals for myself whether they are big or small.  The feeling of accomplishing them is what motivates me!                                                      

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?     My father, grandfather, grandmother and I have skin cancer.  I first had surgery when I was 12, and a second surgery a few months ago.  I want to use my experience to show people that it can happen to anyone of any age if they don’t protect themselves.                                                                                                                                                    

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?        We are constantly evolving, but the development and technological advances in medicine have the most significance in my lifetime.  Medicine is very vital and we have come such a long way, and we will continue to progress with every new medical advancement.

The one thing I can’t live without:         My car!  I am always on the go.                                                                                       

My best friend would describe me as:    the person that always has fun.   I’m always smiling and laughing.  They also say I am stubbornly independent!

Something interesting about my family:    In the month of May we have 4 straight days of birthdays.  Granddaddy is on May 20th, mine is May 21st, my cousin’s is May 22nd and my dad’s is May 23rd.  We love to pick a day and celebrate all together as a big family.                                                                                                                                                            

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:              During a big tennis match my senior year I reached over the net to pick up a tennis ball and I lost my balance and fell right over the top f o the net.  It took me forever to stop laughing at myself!

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:       I would love to go cliff jumping into the ocean.  I love the adrenaline rush but I’m not the biggest fan of swimming.  I would like to prove to myself that I am stronger than my fears.                                                                                                                                            

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:    I have a little four pound fireball Chihuahua named Cash, whose ears are bigger than he is.  We also have a family Chihuahua named Murphy who is the complete opposite of Cash.