Madalynn Minica

Miss Midtown Pointe

Hometown:   Nettleton

Scholastic Ambition:   Attend Mississippi State University, to study Psychology and Sociology.

Scholastic Honors:   A and B Honor Roll; Beta Club; Received Biology Award

Talent: Jazz Dance

Platform:  Caring for Caregivers

 

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 a quiet and reserved person, so people are surprised I actually talk a lot._____

Best advice you have ever received? Never give up!

What can’t you live without? I can’t live without my family. They are my biggest supporters and always cheering me own. They never discourage me from achieving my dreams and goals.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Reality TV! The Kardashian’s are my favorite.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? I am a sucker for Rom-Coms or tear-jerkers. Two of my all-time favorites are: Marley and Me and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years, I will be 26, finishing up on my master’s degree in Psychology and/or working.

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, (five years ago) he had to stop working and could no longer drive.

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? I have placed in the Top Ten at several regional and national dance competitions for my solos._

Best compliment you have ever received? I have been told more than once I am as skilled as a professional makeup artist. I love making people feel pretty for pageant or prom events.

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? I was walking through the gym at my school and someone threw a basketball and it hit me right in the head in front of everyone.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I have always wanted to play some type of sport but it was something I was never good at until I found dance.

What is your super power? 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’s Outstanding Teen Program? Perseverance; I could have given up on competing during each preliminary I didn’t win during my 1st two years of competing with the Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen Organization. I am grateful I didn’t give up, because I grew as a person through each pageant. I took a break last year from competing but so happy to be back for my 3rdyear.

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, MS. I have also been blessed to spend a lot of time in Texas, as my dad is from there.

 

My name is Madalynn Minica and I am 16 years old from Nettleton, MS. I attend Nettleton High School. During my Elementary and Jr. High years, I was homeschooled and attended a private Christian school. I am a competitive dancer for Art in Motion Competitive Dance. I also have the amazing privilege of being the lead student teacher at Art in Motion. I love teaching our mini dance team. Their ages range from 5 to 7 years old. 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. Tumbling is my downfall due to my back problems. I was diagnosed with Scoliosis’s two years ago. I spend most of my free time at home, sleeping due to my busy schedule.

My Platform is Caring for Caregivers. When we hear of a family affected by a disease or sickness, we usually consider the spouse, significant other, or parents who may be acting as a caregiver to the family member in need. However, very few think of the young family members who may also be acting as additional or even primary caregivers.

My step father, Timothy, was diagnosed five years ago with Huntington’s disease. This terrible rare disease attacks the motor skills, memory, and senses. Currently, there is no known cure and it will eventually take my step father’s life.

At diagnosis, when his life changed, I had no idea my life would also change. At 11 years old, I had to step up and help my mother with his care. As I have gotten older, I have taken on more reasonability with his care, such as fixing his medicines, cooking his food, and running errands for him and my mom. I have learned through this process that sometimes the caregivers are often forgotten.

With my platform, I want to educate all caregivers of all ages, the importance of helping themselves first. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. We often push our own health and needs to the side in order to care for a loved one.

I created Sweet Treat Snack drive, where I take donations for prepackaged foods and snacks. I am able to take those donations to local nursing homes, hospitals and medical clinics to serve as a reminder to all caregivers, take a moment for yourself!