Mackenzie Grace BrownleeMiss Rankin County
Scholastic Ambition: To become a Special Education Teacher focusing on children with autism
Scholastic Honors: Honor Student – six years; Beta Club – Secretary; Student Council – four years; Correct Response Group; Music Award Recipient – six years
Platform: Buddy not Bully
What makes you special and unique? I put others’ wants and needs before my own.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I still sleep with Puddles my stuffed animal I got for Valentine’s Day when I was four.
Best advice you have ever received? Do not focus on the negative things that can happen, just think about the positive things.
What can’t you live without? My Bible
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Eating butter out of a spoon
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I really enjoy watching horror films, the good ones that really scare you and are suspenseful.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? Attending Ole Miss to pursue a Masters of Education degree
Most valuable lesson learned? Do not depend on anyone else but yourself for happiness.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My Uncle Randy is definitely my role model. He has inspired me to pursue my dream regardless of the obstacles, and he is one of the strongest individuals I know.
What motivates you? When I feel like giving up or taking a day off, I think about there is someone somewhere less fortunate than I am and they chose to keep going.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest non-academic accomplishment is winning Mississippi Idol at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center Summer Camp.
Best compliment you have ever received? You have the eyes of a life changer.
Secret wish or dream? Since I was a little girl making up introductions for different states, I have dreamed of one day being Miss America.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? The absolute funniest thing in this world was the expression on my face when I opened my 13th birthday present! My mom surprised me with tickets to see Luke Bryan.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would like to try skydiving.
What is your super power? Children are my superpower. I love working and interacting with children. My Mom is a teacher and I love going to her classroom and helping her put smiles on children faces every day.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? If you believe in yourself, you can do anything you set your heart and mind to.
Describe yourself in one word. Thoughtful
A Fun Family Fact? Each Christmas Uncle Randy and I wear matching Santa hats and pass out presents to the family. We take a photo every year in our matching hats.
My name is Mackenzie Grace Brownlee your Miss Rankin County Outstanding Teen 2019, and I am fourteen years old. This is my second attempt in pursing my lifelong dream of being in the Miss America pageant. I am a freshman at Stringer Attendance Center. This is my first full school year at Stringer where I have become very close with classmates and teachers. At my previous school, I was an honor student, member of the honor society, beta club, student council, correct response team, FFA, and FBLA. I also was a cheerleader, a member of Tiger Vibe, our school’s show choir, voted most talented, and class favorite several years. I have served as an honor society and student council officer.
My Uncle Randy has been very influential in my life. My father was killed tragically in an automobile accident when I was six months old. Even though that void will never be fully filled, my Uncle Randy and Papaw have been positive male examples in my life. Through their examples, I learned the value of being thoughtful. I am a very thoughtful person who loves children, which has led me to consider a profession in education or pediatrics.
Being one of the youngest contestants in the Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen Programs affords me the opportunity to learn from the seasoned contestants. There are so many talented, intelligent, and beautiful young women in this organization, and it is an honor to be among some of the most outstanding females in our state. God has a way of opening doors for us that leads us in the direction in which we should travel. I am blessed to be associated with this organization and the wonderful females I now call my friends.
My platform is Buddy not Bully. Bullying is an issue that will forever haunt children and a conflict for which a resolution is not inevitable. In my platform, I want to target middle school females to be positive instead of negative.
There are so many negative stereotypical characteristics of females that we ourselves do not need to add the fuel to the flame. Instead, we should be the flame that burns to spark a continual movement to form sisterhoods between females. Females should empower each other, stand strong, and not demote one another among their own demographic. It is easy to go along with the crowd and defame someone’s character. However, to be the example to stand up and say no to bullying takes a strong individual that often times creates followers from the many who were not as strong. Do not be the norm be the opposite and make a difference. Say something positive instead of something negative.
Be someone’s buddy not bully. We never know when or where someone’s has reached his or her breaking point. The very day you decide to be their buddy might be the day you keep their flame alive.