Macy MitchellMiss Hattiesburg
Platform: Communities Against Cancer
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? University of Southern Mississippi
What is your major? Criminal Justice–B.A.
What is your scholastic ambition? I plan to obtain my Masters and Doctoral degrees in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Juvenile Justice.
List scholastic honors: USM Dean’s List, Luckyday Scholar, Heritage Club of Petal Scholar, Order of Omega Member, Mississippi Scholar, Miss America 1959 Mary Ann Mobley Scholarship
Greatest non-academic accomplishment? In 2012, I produced and directed my hometown’s first annual Relay For Life Crowns For a Cure Pageant to raise money for the American Cancer Society. In just one day Crowns For A Cure raised almost $7,000, and since its beginning Crowns For a Cure has raised over $36,000 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? Comedies are my favorite because more often than not the reactions of those around me are funnier than the movie itself.
What is your favorite gadget? My apple iPhone has become my right-hand man. I am easily able to accomplish tasks for work and school in a matter of seconds.
What is your favorite blog? I am a foodie, so of course my favorite blog is called “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? It’s impossible for me to have a favorite food, but seafoodis always my go-to.
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? A survival guide because I can assure you I would be lost.
Do you twitter? I prefer Instagram and Facebook.
What is your favorite?
Sports Team: Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Actor: Ryan Reynolds
Actress: Melissa McCarthy Television Program: I have probably seen every episode of Friends at least three times.
Wardrobe Accessory: My grandmother’s diamond ring that she passed down to me once I graduate high school.
Thing to do on a weekend: Spend time relaxing with family and friends.
Way to spend a day off: At TJMAXX of course
What is your hometown like? My hometown of 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 costume or a cowgirl costume. 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 that I get it from my Mama would be an understatement. Our similarities allow her to know me better than anyone else. My mother has guided me 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 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? This Miss America Corporation encourages positive achievement in young women and empowers them to become amazing role models. Through my involvement in the Miss America 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 2019, 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 ambassadorfor 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. This experience would be extremely terrifying, but unforgettable.
I’m motivated by: I am most 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 with 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 year 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, which to date has raised nearly $40,000 for the American Cancer Society. Through my platform, Communities Against Cancer, I am now able to initiate, support, and serve at various Relay for Life events across the state of Mississippi confident that we will one day find a cure.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? Very early 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: I could not 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. She cares for not only her friends and family, but also her community while upholding a constant demeanor of sophistication and grace.”
Something interesting about my family: My great grandfather’s father robbed banks & trained with Jesse James and his gang. Supposedly the money is buried somewhere in the state of Mississippi but no one in the family knows where.
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 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 name Falula. Drake is definitely the favorite. He is spoiled daily with treats and an occasional Puppiccino from Starbucks.