Mary Randall IvyMiss Delta Crossroads
Platform: Listen Carefully: Healthy Hearing Awareness
Talent: Piano Solo to Prélude in G Minor Op. 23, No. 5
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? Graduate of the University of MS
What is your major? Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
What is your scholastic ambition? My career ambition is to become a Teacher of the Deaf and strive for total communication between deaf children and their families.
List scholastic honors: Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship and Class from the University of Mississippi
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Donating hearing aids to the Starkey Hearing Foundation
What is your favorite style of music? Classical
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is mystery/thriller, and I love it because they always have the best plot twists you never see coming!
What is your favorite gadget? My Nikon camera!
What is your favorite blog? “Grand Piano Passion”, a blog that inspires musicians with hearing loss.
What is your favorite place to visit? I love to go to the beach, because the waves are so relaxing!
What is your favorite food? Pasta, pasta, and more pasta!
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, and it is my favorite mystery novel! You will not see what’s coming!
Do you twitter? Yes! @mrivy23
What is your favorite?
Sport: Baseball Sports Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Actor: Tom Selleck Actress: Julia Roberts
Television Program: My all-time favorite TV show is Friends!
Wardrobe Accessory: My ponytail holder that acts as a bracelet!
Thing to do on a weekend: I love to eat out at local restaurants and see movies with my friends.
Way to spend a day off: I love to explore the outdoors of my hometown with my camera and be creative!
What is your hometown like? My hometown of Oxford, MS is always busy and full of food and entertainment. We offer Southern hospitality, delicious local restaurants, and a jam-packed event schedule!
What were you like when you were a child? I was a shy but creative child! I was involved innumerous activities from dance to piano, horseback riding, and painting. I never stopped moving!
Who is the most influential person in your life? I believe that as a woman in my generation who has always been surrounded by many loving and caring individuals, that I cannot be influenced by just one person. Every person in my life has played an important role in who I am today.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I have so much to offer in life! I don’t have just one dream or passion, I have many! I am constantly inspired by everything around me, and I hope to use these strengths and skills throughout my life and in my future career.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: Through my platform, Listen Carefully: Healthy Hearing Awareness, I collect used hearing aids and donate them to be refurbished and given to those who cannot afford them. Last year, I had a woman personally reach out to me and she expressed her gratitude for my hard work, because through my advocacy with this program, I have granted her the power to hear. That was truly the most rewarding moment of my life!
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? I have learned to be the best version of myself, and to be proud of who I am. I am my own competition, and if I know that I do my very best, then I have achieved my very best. I have gained so much self-confidence through this organization, that I am forever thankful for this experience!
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I want to travel around our state promoting my platform, Listen Carefully: Healthy Hearing Awareness. I have advocated for this platform for over 6 years, speaking to many children of all ages about the danger of noise-induced hearing loss.I also want to continue to promote the collection and donation of used hearing aids to be refurbished for those who cannot afford them.
What is your secret wish or dream? To be crowned Miss Mississippi and compete at Miss America!
I’m motivated by: My friends and my dedication to help others motivate me to work hard and achieve my goals.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? I have 3 very important connections to my platform: the first being that I was diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder in high school, which alters my brain’s perception of sound. The second is that I have a cousin who was born with bilateral, profound hearing loss and uses cochlear implants. My third connection is that I want to pursue a career working with deaf individuals.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? When I was a senior in high school, I suffered a traumatic injury to my right foot and metatarsals. I tore an important ligament in my foot and was unable to walk around my college campus or participate in physical activities for 4 years. With the help of my amazing surgeons, I have overcome this and have been able to compete in pageants again. This event taught me that if I get knocked down, to get back up again!
The one thing I can’t live without: Music!
My best friend would describe me as: Generous, loving, and entertaining.
Something interesting about my family: I am the 10th grandchild on my mother’s side of the family, who comes from a large Italian family. Every year as many as 40 of us gather together to make homemade tortellini’s!
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: Because I look younger than my age, I am often mistaken as a 16-year-old girl. Once, I was visiting my old high school to speak to a class about my platform, and I was told by a teacher in the hallway to return to my classroom!
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I want to go scuba-diving one day!This is out of character for me, because the unknown of the ocean absolutely terrifies me.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: I have a one-year-old black English Labrador named Jax, and he is the sweetest, snuggliest puppy who loves to sit and listen to me play the piano!