Macken’z Smith

Miss Central Mississippi

Hometown:   Philadelphia, MS


Social Impact Initiative Description:     Skin cancer remains the most common diagnosed cancer. My work with skin cancer prevention centers around educating others on how to detect and prevent skin cancer.

Talent:      Vocal

What college do you attend, or have attended, or will attend if High School graduating senior?    The University of Southern Mississippi  

What is your major?     I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology

List scholastic honors:    MACJC Academic All State; ACT Scholarship; Dean’s List Honors Graduate; University of Southern Mississippi Honor Society

What is your scholastic ambition?     Obtain my doctorate in Speech Pathology

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:    Winning a State and Region 23 Tennis Championship.

What has been your greatest adventure?  Please provide an answer outside of the Miss America program.     I am an adrenaline junkie.  I have ridden Kingda Ka, which is the tallest roller-coaster in the United States.

What trip shaped your life? Please provide an answer distinct from your social impact initiative.     I am a homebody for Mississippi.  I have not traveled as much as I wish I could.  I want to accomplish as much as I can here in Mississippi while I am pursuing my master’s degree.  However, in the future I would love to travel across Europe, see the world, and experience different cultures.


Use three (3) words to describe your greatest assets.     Compassionate, Competitive, and Understanding

Are you a person of intelligence or of common sense?     I feel like I am a person of intelligence and common sense.

Who is the most influential person in your life other than your mother?       My high school tennis coach Chad Bond.  He taught me to learn from my failures.

What are your 2 favorite hobbies and what led you to them? Participation in the Miss Mississippi program is not considered a hobby for this question.      First, I love to clean! There is a certain satisfaction with cleaning up a mess. I also love to read!

Who is your most interesting relative and why?    My great grandfather on my dad’s side.  He is about to turn 100 years old.  He has some of the best stories from the “good old days”!

What is the best advice you have received and from whom? Please answer this question with information from outside of the Miss America program.       My grandfather! He and I were best friends.  He told me to never forget who I am.

What is your favorite quote?     If you know me, you know I believe “Everything Happens For A Reason”.

Who is your most influential mentor and why? Please answer this question with an individual from outside of the Miss America program.      Lyeah Buchanan.  I met Lyeah 3 years ago and I instantly became her family.  She has helped me in more ways than I can count.  She is the person who can give the best advice no matter the situation. I have had many ups and downs, but Lyeah has been there every step of the way either lifting me up or cheering me on.  Once you meet her, it’s hard to imagine life without her. I would not be here today if not for her.


Other than being Miss Mississippi, what is your dream job?     My dream job is to become a speech pathologists and help children with speech disorders learn how to communicate.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?      I am a professional organizer.  I love to take on a messy unorganized room and bring it back to life through organization. Check out The Home Edit for my inspiration.

What success have you learned most from?  Please answer this question with an experience outside of the Miss America program.    Graduating with my Bachelors of Science degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology.  It has shown me that hard work and determination pays off.

What failure have you learned most from? Please answer this question with an experience outside of the Miss America program.     I always plan ahead!  My biggest failure is that I sometimes don’t live in the moment.  I’ve taught myself to slow down and take in every second.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?     That sisterhood is one thing this organization is built on.  Through all the hardships, the sisterhood remains strong, and unified.  We are a family.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?     I plan to serve as an ambassador for the state, traveling and speaking to children and adults about the dangers of skin cancer. I will build and grow relationships with Mississippians and become a conglomeration of everyone I meet.  I want to leave an impactful legacy just as the Miss Mississippi’s have left before me.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal social impact project?      Skin cancer runs in my family.  At 12 years of age I was diagnosed with skin cancer. With my Social Impact Initiative my mission is to educate adults and children with the knowledge needed to prevent skin cancer.

When is your sense of humor most evident?     It is evident when there is awkward silence that needs to be broken; I love to break that awkwardness.

What historical figure best represents who you are striving to be?      “I would like to be remembered as a decent human being and a caring one, trying to do my job well and being understanding and kind”.   — Grace Kelly

What gadget can you not live without?      My Apple watch

What is your favorite sport and sport team?      Baseball; Boston Red Socks