Madalynn Minica

Miss Capital City

Hometown: Nettleton, MS

Hobbies: Competitive Dance, reading, shopping and doing makeup.

School: Creo Christian School

Scholastic Ambition: Obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance education, performance and chorography.

Scholastic Honors: A and B Honor Roll throughout scholastic career; Received an English, Bible, and Citizenship award.

Talent: Jazz Dance

Platform: Leaps of Love

What makes you special and unique?

Being a young caregiver makes me special and unique. My step father has Huntington’s disease and I must help with his daily care.  This isn’t a setback; it has taught me to be strong and live my life to the fullest.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?

I am only 14. Many people say I look and act older.

Best advice you have ever received?

Never give up!

What can’t you live without?          

I can’t live without competitive dance.  I can’t explain in words how much fun it is to perform on stage.  I can perform my heart out on stage and show my passion for dance with my teammates.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

I love junk food but my favorite is anything chocolate.

What is your favorite movie genre and why?

Comedy and my favorite all time movie is Legally Blonde.  I love anything that makes me laugh.  I think we all need laughter in our lives.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I will be out of college and pursing my dream as a professional dancer. I would also love to own my own dance studio.

Most valuable lesson learned?

I have learned not to take my health for granted.  Huntington’s disease is slowly taking away my step father’s independence.  At the age of 33, he’s had to stop working and can no longer drive.  Soon I will be learning to drive and because of watching my stepfather endure these losses, I will not take driving or anything else for granted.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?

I admire Audrey Hepburn as my role model.  Not only was she a great actress and dancer, she devoted her life to helping children around the world.  I will have lived a successful life if someone can say that about me.

What motivates you?          

I am proud of the person I have become but I strive to improve myself daily.  I am motivated by improvement.  My goal is to be a better person than I was yesterday.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title?

This past summer, I placed in the Top Ten at a National dance competition among Teen soloist.

Best compliment you have ever received?          

I have been told more than once that I am as skilled as a professional makeup artist.  I love making people feel pretty.

Secret wish or dream?

I am fascinated by sloths.  My dream is to one day visit the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

During a performance at a local festival, I fell while performing a jazz solo.  I felt really embarrassed but I finished the dance.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you?

I would love to sing in front of an audience. Problem is I can’t sing!

What is your superpower?            

My super power is making people laugh.  I am always telling funny or corny jokes.  I just love seeing people happy.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program?

Perseverance; I could have given up while competing during each preliminary I didn’t win.  I am grateful I didn’t give up, because I grew as a person through each pageant.  So, in hindsight, I wouldn’t change a thing and I am grateful to be Miss Capital City’s Outstanding Teen.

Describe yourself in one word.

Motivated.

A Fun Family Fact?

We have lived across the United States.  In South Dakota, my parents, served in the United States Air Force.  This is where they met and later had me.  At 3 years old, my new home became Nettleton, Mississippi.  I have also been blessed to spend a lot of time in Texas, as my dad is from there.

Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are. Keep in mind the questions you’ve already been asked and include other things that you would like people to know about you.

My name is Madalynn Minica and I am 14 years old from Nettleton, MS. I attend Cero Christian School, a private school located in Nettleton, MS. I am a competitive dancer and student assistant at Art in Motion Competitive Dance.  My favorite styles of dance are jazz, musical theater and character. Dance never came naturally for me, so everything I have accomplished came from pure passion and dedication. This past summer was the first time I have ever placed within the Top Ten at a dance nationals. I continue to grow as a dancer every day.

I have three words that I use to describe myself to others.  Grateful, Joyful Giver.  I always make sure to look on the bright side of things because we only have one life to live.  I love to make people laugh.  In fact, it is my goal to try to at least make one person laugh each day.  For me, the best feeling in the world is when you make someone laugh.

Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject. Be sure to name your platform and give a brief explanation of its purpose as well.

 My platform is Leaps of Love. I have been dancing for 10 years and I have seen the love kids and adults develop for dance. What many people don’t realize is how fast this love can be taken away due to financial difficulties and family burdens that may exist within their homes.

I turn to dance because it is my outlet from my struggles at home. I am a young caregiver. My step father has Huntington’s disease and this rare disease attacks and deteriorates his motor skills, memory and senses. There currently is no known cure.

I have been given the opportunity to teach dancercise classes to a group of senior citizens at a local retirement home. This has now turned into a monthly class and allows me to teach them the art of dance but also they are exercising. Many of these people are in wheel chairs but this doesn’t stop them from moving. It has been proven that dance and music help with memory loss, anxiety disorders and other mental health issues. One simple song or dance, can take an Alzheimer’s disease patient back to a forgotten memory or a time when they felt alive. Dance itself lifts a person’s mood more than exercise due to the fact, it brings joy.