Mary Elizabeth KillianMiss Starkville
Hometown: Hoover, AL
Platform: Dance from the Heart
Talent: Contemporary dance
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? I am currently attending the University of Mississippi.
What is your major? I am majoring in Accounting.
What is your scholastic ambition? I hope to graduate undergrad with honors.
List scholastic honors: Chancellors List 2015, Chancellors List 2016, Scholar Athlete.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: The honor of being awarded the E.Lynn Harris All Spirit Squads award at the Men’s SEC tournament in Nashville, TN.
What is your favorite style of music? Country
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love action movies. The protagonist typically is on a mission but must face many obstacles along the way. Action movies keep my attention throughout the movie.
What is your favorite gadget? My apple watch
What is your favorite blog? www.dance-from-theheart.web.wordpress.com
What is your favorite place to visit? Destin, Florida
What is your favorite food? My favorite food is Salmon.
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? I would want to have King Lear by Shakespeare.
Do you twitter? I do not have a twitter.
What is your favorite?
Sports Team: Ole Miss Rebels
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
Actress: Emma Stone
Television Program: The Today Show
Wardrobe Accessory: Rhinestone hoop earrings
Thing to do on a weekend: I enjoy relaxing and spending time with my family.
Way to spend a day off: Watching Kathy Lee and Hoda before spending time outdoors.
What is your hometown like? My hometown is the typical suburb. It connects the city life with the more quiet and friendly atmosphere.
What were you like when you were a child? I was rather unique as a child. I was not afraid to be myself and I enjoyed putting on shows for my family members.
Who is the most influential person in your life? Emma Stone has used her popularity from her acting career to promote various charities throughout the US. She has held galas and tea’s raising money for charities such as the Worldwide Orphans campaign. Instead of basking in her fame, she has used it to be a voice and helped raise awareness for many causes.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?
I am someone who strives for perfection in all activities that I am involved with. Perfection is unattainable, but it is my goal to come as close to it as I can.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:
Making the Rebelette dance team at the University of Mississippi has provided me with experiences and opportunities that will benefit me for a life time. I was able to survive the rigorous audition process and end with a success.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?
The Miss America Organization provides women with the opportunity to broadcast our intelligence through discussing various political issues our nation currently faces. We have the ability to make a difference in the world through our platform, teaching women that we are powerful and providing the confidence to make a change in the world.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?
I would want to continue to educate people on the importance of living a healthy life along with what that entails for your specific body type. I would also like to work within my community as well as throughout the state of Mississippi, giving back to a state that has provided so much to me.
What is your secret wish or dream? I dream to travel throughout the world and collect a piece of the various forms of currency.
I’m motivated by: continuously setting high goals for myself, allowing me to have something to consistently work towards.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?
During my middle school years, I struggled with how I physically appeared. In high School, I joined dance team which allowed me to build muscle, tone my whole body, and our couch provided us with healthy snacks to fuel our bodies correctly. During that time, I began to look and feel the way I had always wanted. Daily dance classes and having the right nutrients for my body typed allowed me to flourish in my art and lead me to feel confident in my health.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?
The day I earned the name as an Ole Miss Rebelette was the day that also solidified my decision attend Ole Miss. I the have the privilege to study my degree in a nationally top rank degree program that will assist me in my future endeavors as I purse the job as a Chief Financial Officer for a large private firm. That day opened unmeasurable opportunities for me and allowed me to start my journey in the Miss Mississippi Organization.
The one thing I can’t live without: Music has always been a huge part of my life. I could not imagine living a moment without it.
My best friend would describe me as: They would say that I am a very dedicated and driven person who puts 110% into everything she does.
Something interesting about my family: My family has a tight knit bond, so for most of my life, we have all lived within a fifteen-minute radius of each other. Support for one another is a huge characteristic of my family, which has helped us reach many of our individual goals.
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: During my time competing in Outstanding Teen, I encountered an embarrassing event that has turned into a life lesson. I was taking the stage competing in evening gown/On-stage question, I was so engulfed with excitement and nerves that I misheard the question, prompting me to provide an answer that was completely off topic to what the question asked. From that moment on, that night has become a running joke in my house hold.
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I want to go sky diving in the future. That is something that I find terrifying, but it would be exciting to face my fear.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I do not currently have any pets.