Mary Mac Parnell

Miss Natchez Trace

Hometown:   Oxford

Scholastic Ambition:   Attend a 4-year college to pursue a major in Business & minor in French

Scholastic Honors:   Duke Tip

Talent:    Singing

Platform:   Take a Stand, Lend a Hand

What makes you special and unique? I have ocular albinism.  This is a condition that prevents me from having pigment in the retina of my eye.  All this does is affect the way light interacts with my eyes.  Flash = red eyes.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? That once you get to know me, I am a huge extrovert

Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I have ever received is actually a quote from Dolly Parton, “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”

What can’t you live without?   I can’t live without my phone.  Not because I’m that teenager, but because I’ve moved twice and I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my friends.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?  Watching James Charles is definitely my biggest guilty pleasure.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love murder mysteries because I love seeing the process the detective goes through to solve it.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I will be twenty-six years old.  I hope to be continuing my education in France at Le Cordon Bleu pastry school

Most valuable lesson learned? I think the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is to be secure in who I am and what I stand for.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?   My best role model would have to be Charley Ann Nix.  She’s the one who encouraged me to do pageants.  She has totally taken me under her wing and made me family.

What motivates you?   My desire for success in life is what motivates me the most.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Winning the Betsey Jones Spirit Award is probably my greatest accomplishment

Best compliment you have ever received? There hasn’t been a distinct compliment, but randomly getting little compliments are my favorite.  It is voted on by the cheer squad and it felt amazing to know the squad saw something in me that I didn’t.

Secret wish or dream? My secret dream is to be on Broadway

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? One time I fell in the cafeteria and I spilled all of my food.  That was not fun.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I’m deathly afraid of heights, so maybe go skydiving?

What is your super power? I can tell when someone is lying.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? I have learned important skills, such as how to have an interview that will help me throughout life.

Describe yourself in one word. Determined

A Fun Family Fact? My sister & I were born in the same hometown as Dolly Parton

My name is Mary Mac Parnell.  I’m Miss Natchez Trace Outstanding Teen.  I live in Oxford, where I am a sophomore at Oxford High School.  I am involved in Crown Club, Sub-Deb cotillion & the theater program.  I moved to Batesville, MS in the 5th grade and moved to Oxford at the beginning of my 10th grade year.  I love the outdoors as well as makeup and fashion.  My favorite place to vacation with my family is Hilton Head Island.  I am an avid reader and writer.  My favorite books to read is the Harry Potter series.  I have read all of them thirteen times, so yes I am a nerd.  I hope to attend New York University after I graduate high school.  I hope to major in business and minor and French.  With these I would study in France at the Cordon Bleu pastry school then open a bakery.  My favorite movie of all time is Murder on the Orient Express because it is so unexpected.  I am excited for the upcoming year.

My platform is ‘Take a Stand, Lend a Hand.’  This is a very personal platform for me because I was bullied.  My goal with this platform is to hopefully allow bullies to recognize that they are a bully.  Most of the time, a bully is unaware of their actions.  If I can help this person comprehend and recognize what they’re doing, I would be able to educate them on how to change these actions.

My next education process would be to educate parents and guardians.  I was lucky enough to grow up in a home where kindness and manners were instilled since we could understand those concepts.  Sadly, I recognize that not everybody has been exposed to this.  If possible, I would love to talk to parents about the importance of speaking to their children kindness and love for everyone.