Mary Miller Wright
Miss Southern Grace
Hometown: Aberdeen, MS
Platform: 20/20 Saving Sight
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Itawamba Community College
What is your major? I am majoring in Criminal Justice.
What is your scholastic ambition? I plan to pursue a master’s degree, but I am also keeping law school in consideration.
List scholastic honors: National English Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Honor Roll, Local Culture Award
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: My faith in God
What is your favorite style of music? Country/Bluegrass
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love action movies. When I watch these type of movies, I feel very involved with what is going on.
What is your favorite gadget? Since I am currently taking online classes, my laptop has become my absolute favorite gadget.
What is your favorite blog? I really don’t blog much.
What is your favorite place to visit? I love visiting the beach and hearing those ocean waves crash the shore.
What is your favorite food? Fried crab claws
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? I would want my Holy Bible with me, because it gives me guidance, comfort, and strength.
Do you twitter? No
What is your favorite?
Sport: Soccer Sports Team: Dallas Cowboys
Actor: Kirk Cameron Actress: Candace Cameron Bure
Television Program: I don’t really have one, but I can watch the movie Pearl Harbor anytime.
Wardrobe Accessory: My mother’s blue jean jacket from her college days.
Thing to do on a weekend: Visit with family and friends
Way to spend a day off: Have lunch with a friend and do something outdoors
What is your hometown like? My hometown is rich in history having many antebellum and Victorian period homes. Aberdeen has a wonderful pilgrimage each April that I love attending.
What were you like when you were a child? I was an adventurous child. I enjoyed being outdoors, playing soccer, and people to this day still tell me that I tumbled everywhere and all the time.
Who is the most influential person in your life? My mom inspires me each and every day to help others. She not only has a gracious heart, but is a beautiful woman.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I feel people often think because I obey rules and am cautious that I may not be fun-loving. This could not be farther from the truth, because I am always up for the challenge of something new and can even be spontaneous at times.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: Probably, one of the most defining moments in my life happened just recently. While on college campus visits, I absolutely fell in love with Blue Mountain College, the people there, and I knew it was where I was meant to be this fall.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? I have learned by participating in this amazing organization that hard work pays off.Trusting God and his plan, along with self-determination, eventually produces results,even if those results do not come when or how expected.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Yearof Service? I would want to accomplish so much, but I would especially like to be partof helping ensure that all children in Mississippi have access to eye exams and any eyecare they may need. I want to help children in our state have the best eyesight possible so that poor vision does not deter them from succeeding academically and ultimately living life to the fullest.
What is your secret wish or dream? Shhh, it’s a secret!!
I’m motivated by: I am so motivated by people not believing in me. Only God knows what I can and cannot accomplish!
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? Yes, due to a large retinal scar in my right eye, I have limited vision. Having sight is a precious gift and many of the diseases and disorders involving the eye can be corrected or repaired, if caught early enough. By informing parents and stressing the importance of early eye exams, I hope early detection and prevention of vision issues will help children have healthy eyes and see better.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? The EF5 tornado that destroyed the town of Smithville in my home county in 2011 is something I will never forget. It killed 17 people, affected many people I knew well, drastically changed how people in our area view severe weather, and demonstrated an amazing outpouring of love and support from people all over our state and nation in it’s aftermath.
The one thing I can’t live without: My faith in God is the one thing I can’t and do not want to live without.
My best friend would describe me as: Shelbie would describe me as a genuine good girl, a listening ear for those in need, outgoing and fun-loving.
Something interesting about my family: My dad, brother, and I looked identical at three months old.
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: A line drive struck me in the stomach while walking between two baseball fields at my brother’s state tournament. It knocked me down, knocked the breath out of me, and halted the two games being played for people to come check on me.
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I would love to learn ballroom dancing. It would be awesome to be able to dance in this style at weddings or social events.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I only have a calico cat named Trixie currently. Bullet, my beloved Boxer-Pit rescue dog, died earlier this year.