Madison Smith

Miss Vicksburg

Hometown: Madison, MS

Hobbies: Pageantry, Photography, and Makeup artistry

School: Germantown High school

Scholastic Ambition: I plan to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. I am also interested in becoming a personal injury attorney.

Scholastic Honors: I am an A/B student.  In received recognition for academic improvement and teacher’s choice at my high school.

Talent: Vocal (Singing)

Platform: Social Media Accountability

What makes you special and unique?

My personality makes me a special and unique.  People have told me that after meeting me once, they feel like they have known me for years.

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

People may not realize that I am a prankster.

Best advice you have ever received?

My mother reminds me never to put off what I can do today for tomorrow. That’s the best advice.

What can’t you live without?

I cannot live without family, food, and my cell phone.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

My biggest guilty pleasure is social media.

What is your favorite movie genre and why?

Comedy is my favorite genre because I like to laugh.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself as a college graduate pursuing my career goals and being involved in pageantry.

Most valuable lesson learned?

My most valuable lesson learned was not to follow cars too closely while driving.  I was blessed to walk away from an accident.

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

My most valued role model is my dad.  He treats everyone with respect, and I see how people respect and trust him.

What motivates you?

Having the opportunity to do better than the day before motivates me.

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

I was honored that my peers voted me as a homecoming maid.

Best compliment you have ever received?

The best compliment I received was that I have a gift for pageantry.

Secret wish or dream?

My secret dream is a secret that I will keep to myself.

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

I thought I was sitting down but missed my seat at a baseball game and fell.  I was so embarrassed and pretended my bottom was not hurt.

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

I would like to try skydiving.

What is your superpower?

My faith in God is my superpower.

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

I have learned the importance of preparation.  Preparing in advance relieves stress.

Describe yourself in one word.  

Loving.

A Fun Family Fact?

We like to compare generic brands of microwaveable popcorn.

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.

I am thrilled to be a contestant in the Mississippi Outstanding Teen Pageant.  This is my second year competing for the title.  I enjoy pageantry, and I plan to attend college after high school.  The chance to win scholarship money towards my college education while doing something I enjoy was an opportunity I did not want pass.  I am grateful to the Miss Mississippi System.   I am currently a student at Germantown High School.  My classmates are amazing.  They voted me to represent them on homecoming court the last couple years. I am a member of the Interact Club.  After high school, I plan to pursue a career as a broadcast journalist.  I have a strong interest in becoming a personal injury attorney as well.  I am still undecided about where I’d like to attend college, but I am having fun visiting campuses and reading about them.

I don’t have a favorite color, but shades of yellow and green catch my eye.  My favorite movie is “The Intern.”  I like the comparison between the baby boomer era to millennials.  I have a new favorite book.  The title is “The Last Black Unicorn,” an autobiography by actor-comedian, Tiffany Haddish. I am inspired by her ability to cope with challenges of growing up in foster care and being successful.   My favorite food is spaghetti with meatballs.  One crazy fact about my family is that we like to try and rate generic brands microwaveable popcorn.

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 in social media accountability.  My passion for the subject comes from my own experience.  Someone posted negative comments about me, and other people joined in responding negatively as well.   The words were hurtful, but after I talked to my parents, I had the courage to block those individuals.  I also understand people make mistakes and send wrong messages.  Texting is a form of social media.   Once you send a message, you can’t take it back.  I wrote a post about this on my Facebook page.    The purpose of my platform is to urge people to think twice about posting and responding to negative posts.  As I talk with groups about my platform, I encourage them to use my hashtag #GoodPostMS as a way to support my goal to bring awareness to social media accountability.   With more than 78 percent of U.S. Americans having social media profiles, we can enjoy the connection responsibly.

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