Madison Grace McCarter

Miss Fairpark

Hometown:   Crawford, MS

Scholastic Ambition:    Earn degree in Vocal Performance

Scholastic Honors:    “A” Honor Roll 1st-9th Grades, Math & Bible Awards 8th Grade, Sr. Beta

Talent:     Vocal Performance

Platform:   “Happy Being Me” Building Self Esteem in Teens

What makes you special and unique? I   am an Optimist…The glass is half full!

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? Initially they’d think I was shy but I’m quite outspoken. I believe in fighting for people’s rights. I’m definitely not shy about standing against the wrongful mistreatment of others

Best advice you have ever received?   That I am my own competition. No one can beat me being me.

What can’t you live without?  God and my family!

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?  I love bread; all varieties, sweet and savory.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is comedy for sure because I love to laugh, so the funnier the better.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In 10 years I plan to be a college graduate and an up and coming well known vocal performance artist.

Most valuable lesson learned? To always be grateful for everything you have, no matter how big or small.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?   My grandfather, who is also my pastor, is my most valued role model because he has been through so many obstacles to get to the success that he is today!

What motivates you?   I’m motivated by seeing others succeed and accomplishing great things in life.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Winning Youth Female Vocalist of the Year at the Golden Triangle Music Awards

Best compliment you have ever received? I have always been told that I have a good heart and a sweet spirit.

Secret wish or dream? That everything bad in the world would be nonexistent and that love and happiness would surround us always.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I was invited to sing at a church when I was 10 years old and during the song I forgot the lyrics and instead of continuing to sing, I said, “sorry”, and then went back to singing.  Not my best moment at all!!

What is your super power? I give the best hugs, and through my hugs I have the ability to make people feel special.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? To seize the moment and never take my opportunities for granted.

Describe yourself in one word. Compassionate

A Fun Family Fact? For my mom’s entire pregnancy with me, she was told that she was having a boy. But 4 baby showers and 2 ultrasounds later, out pops ME, a bouncing baby GIRL! I’ve been surprising them ever since!

I’m Madison Grace McCarter, my mom said that my middle name is “Grace” because it was by God’s grace that I am here.  I am a lovable 15 year old who is passionate about singing, life and people. My favorite color is blue and I love bread!

My family is a huge part of who I am and they support me and are my biggest fans. My #1 fan is my little brother, Caleb, we have an unbreakable bond and he always keeps me going. I am sort of a perfectionist so I am hard on myself, especially when it comes to my grades in school. I am a straight “A” student and have been since I was in the 1st grade.

I love singing and have been singing since I was 3 years old, my hope is that one day I will be singing for all the World to hear.  I am very loyal especially to my friends. While I am a bit shy, I am quick to speak up and out when it comes to mistreatment of others.  The thing that I dislike the most is seeing someone get bullied and hearing someone being talked about. My motto is treat people how you want to be treated.

I am a Christian and I love God and my church and being a youth leader in my church. When I am not participating in church activities, I am playing volleyball, basketball, and softball for the Victory Christian Academy Eagles, where I am also a 9th grader.  I enjoy bringing out the best in others and seeing them succeed. Finally I believe that love conquers all and that you shouldn’t end your day without a good laugh!

My platform is “Happy Being Me” Building Healthy Self Esteem in Teens. My goal is to help teens shift their focus from the negative to seeing what’s more important in life. While I have begun speaking to groups, my hope is to start peer mentor groups to help them develop their best selves by realizing their talents and passions and by setting goals that they can reach toward.

I believe that social media has played a big part in low self-esteem in teens but so do their peers. Through social media teens, especially girls, compare themselves to Instagram models, and they deal with cyberbullying on social media. I want teens to understand that social media will glamorize everything and that they need to be very careful about what they say or do on social media.

My “Happy Being Me” Program will always be inspiring and uplifting, because it will provide teens with a safe place to express themselves, while allowing them to grow and discover. I won’t to develop peer groups in schools, churches and communities. I hope these groups help to build self-confidence in teens and showcase who they are inside and out. Being a teenager can be hard to navigate but there are so many things and so many people that can help to turn this journey into a great learning experience.