Macy Mitchell

Miss University of Southern Mississippi

Hometown:   Petal, MS

Platform:  Crowns for a Cure

Talent:   Vocal

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

What is your major?   Criminal Justice—B.A.                                                                                                             

What is your scholastic ambition?       I plan to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and minor in Communication Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi.

List scholastic honors:    Mississippi Scholar, Luckyday Citizenship Scholar, Heritage Club of Petal Scholar, Miss America 1959 Mary Ann Mobley Scholar                                                                                                     

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:   In 2012 I produced and directed my hometown’s first annual Relay for Life and Crowns for a Cure Pageant in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  In just one day in 2012 Crowns for a Cure raised almost $7,000 and since its beginning Crowns for a Cure has raised over $27,000 for the American Cancer Society.

What is your favorite style of music?    I enjoy all styles of music, but my favorite is Blue Grass.

What is your favorite movie genre and why?    I believe in comedic relief.  Each time I watch a comedy I determine that the reactions of those around me are usually more entertaining than the movie itself.                                                                                                                                                  

What is your favorite gadget?    My Smartphone allows me to stay connected to friends and family even when we can’t be together.  It also serves as a means of access to an unlimited wealth of information.

What is your favorite blog?        I am a foodie, so of course my favorite blog is Feast:  An Edible Road trip, which is a blog that two young women created in order to share their tasty adventures as they travel the world in search of interesting foods.

What is your favorite place to visit?     Seaside, Florida is beautiful.  The calm and peaceful atmosphere makes for a perfect family vacation or weekend getaway with your best friends.

What is your favorite food?   I enjoy all things food related, but I would have to say that my favorite meal is a Big One Combo from Ward’s.  A Big One is a gigantic chili cheeseburger that pairs perfectly with salty French fries and a sweet tea.

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?          A survival guide.  I am not educated in the ways of the outdoors, so I would need a magnitude of guidance.

Do you twitter?       Although I do have twitter, I rarely frequent the social network.  I prefer Instagram because it allows me to see the way people capture their lives in a picture.  After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.                                                                                              

What is your favorite?  

Sport:    Baseball                      

Sports Team:   Southern Miss Golden Eagles 

Actor:    Matthew McConaughey

Actress:  Kate Hudson 

Television Program:   I have probably seen every episode of Friends at least three times.  The friendships and relationships displayed in this show are hilarious and captivating and often remind me of my own friendships.

Wardrobe Accessory:      My grandmother passed down a beautiful diamond ring to me at the time of my high school graduation.  This ring has never left my finger.  I hope to pass it down to my daughter when she graduates high school as well.

Thing to do on a weekend:    Over the past year, my friends and I have scheduled a game night for one weekend out of the month and I am sure that each time we get together our laughs get louder and longer.

Way to spend a day off:   I enjoy spending my days off by watching re-runs of Criminal Minds with my mom.

What is your hometown like?     Petal, Mississippi is nicknamed the “Friendly City”.   Petal prides itself in being a place that is dedicated to the growth of its students; a community that creates a safe and family oriented environment for its citizens; and a group of individuals who embody the motto of leaving the world better than you found it.                                                                                                                             

What were you like when you were a child?   I was extremely creative.  I was always dressed in a costume of some sort, whether that be a Disney princess or a cowgirl.  My favorite, however, was my Dorothy costume from the Wizard of Oz.  I wore it everywhere I went, even to church.

Who is the most influential person in your life?       To say I get it from my mama is an understatement.  Our similarities allow her to know me better than anyone else.  My mother has guided and encouraged me in every aspect of my life.  Her influence has taught me to be a strong and confident young woman who is not afraid to pursue her dreams and goals.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?      I love big dogs.   I have a running list in my mind of all of the big dogs that I would like to have as a pet someday, of course not all at the same time.  Some breeds on the list include Rottweiler, Bull Mastiff, German Shepard, and a Great Dane.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:             The day I moved into Luckyday Citizenship Hall at the University of Southern Mississippi as a freshman was one of the most defining moments in my life; moving in was something that I looked forward to for so long, and that day had finally come.  At that moment, I realized I was beginning to embark on a journey filled with wonderful memories, strong friendships, and an educational experience and life lessons that would carry me through college and into adulthood.

 What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?    The Miss America Corporation encourages positive achievement in young women and empowers them to become amazing role models.  Through my involvement in the Miss American Program I have learned what it means to be a strong young woman who is capable of not only achieving her goals, but also far exceeding anything she ever thought possible.  I have also learned what it means to be involved in something so much greater than myself, and how my involvement can uplift and encourage those around me.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?       If I am crowned Miss Mississippi 2018, I plan to live my life in service to my state and those who call it home.  As Miss Mississippi, I would be an ambassador for our state by redefining the stereotypes that are often placed on the state of Mississippi, while also being an ambassador for the Miss America Program and everything it has taught me.  I would spend my time sharing my experiences as a beneficiary of the Miss Mississippi Program, contributing to the welfare of others by setting a positive example for young girls across our state, and graciously serving this state and this program.                                                                                                                                   

What is your secret wish or dream?   I have always wanted to go cage diving with sharks.  This is an experience that would be extremely terrifying and very humbling.

I’m motivated by:   other’s confidence in me and in my abilities.  I believe it is so important to surround yourself with loving and uplifting people.   

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?     My family and I have been involved in Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society for as long as I can remember; however, our involvement changed in the spring of 2012 when we lost my grandfather to cancer.  The following fall, I knew I wanted to do something bigger and bolder to raise money for the American Cancer Society, so I began the planning process of the First Annual Crowns for a Cure Pageant in Petal, Mississippi.                                                                                                                                             

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?    Very early on into my senior year of high school, I suffered from an injury to my scalp which caused severe scalp and hair loss.   I didn’t understand at the time, but I now know that the injury I suffered—-although painful and heartbreaking—allowed me to be an influence to those around me by maintaining an attitude of positivity and perseverance.  The response and care of those around me allowed me to remember the effect my attitude and actions can have.                      

The one thing I can’t live without:         My mother’s sweet tea.   She makes the absolute best sweet tea.

My best friend would describe me as:   Someone who is always able to see the positive in not so positive situations.  That cares for not only my friends and family but also my community while upholding a constant demeanor of sophistication and grace.

Something interesting about my family:        My great great grandfather supposedly robbed banks and trains with Jesse James and his gang.  And, according to family legend, he buried money somewhere in Mississippi but no one has ever been able to find it.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:                I am probably the least athletic person you’ll ever meet but despite my lack of athleticism I decided to throw out a pitch at a USM baseball game my freshman year of college.  My pitch did not make it to home plate and it was one of the most embarrassing moments but now it’s an experience I am able to laugh at.                                                                                                                                                           

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:     I would love to move to a new city and live by myself for a year.  I usually like to surround myself with people and places that I am familiar with, so moving to a new city would create in me a sense of adventure and excitement.                                                                                                             

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:   I have a yellow lab named Drake and a cat named Falula.  Drake is definitely the favorite.  He is spoiled daily with treats and an occasional Puppiccino from Starbucks.