Mattie Grace Morris

Miss Vicksburg

Hometown:   Brandon

Scholastic Ambition:   Broadcast Journalism minor in dance

Scholastic Honors:   National Youth Leadership Scholar, Honor classes, Honor Roll

Talent:    Ballet En Pointe

Platform:   Fit is Fun

 

What makes you special and unique? I never change who I am to fit in with the crowd! I am not scared to be different and do what it takes to achieve my goals.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People often assume that I play basketball or volleyball and are surprised to learn that I am a ballerina.

Best advice you have ever received? “If you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain.”

What can’t you live without?  Dance. I have been dancing for 11 years and I dance almost every single day. It helps me stay fit and disciplined, and I also have met my best friends through dance. I could not imagine my life without dance.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?  Definitely watching too many makeup videos on YouTube!

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Suspense Thriller because it is exciting to find out what comes next.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? Traveling broadcast journalist, Rockette, or a professional ballerina! I will also be married to my best friend.

Most valuable lesson learned? Never give up on your dream no matter how many times the door closes.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?   Misti Copeland because she is now a famous ballerina that overcame many obstacles. She also has taught many underprivileged kids about the art of ballet. I would also love to do that one day.

What motivates you?   Competition motivates me more than anything else.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Being awarded a full scholarship to the National Choreography Intensive!!!

Best compliment you have ever received? That I light up the stage when I dance and that they were drawn to watching me. A total stranger told me this after one of my many ballet performances and it has stuck with me ever since.

Secret wish or dream? to be a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? While performing my talent in my prelim this year, my whole pointe shoe fell off my foot half-way into my solo! Good thing I kept a smile on my face, or I wouldn’t be Miss Vicksburg’s OT!

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Singing in front of a crowd.

What is your super power? Extreme flexibility!

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? I have learned that no one can make you something you are not. You should never give up and always keep fighting for what you want and what you believe in.

Describe yourself in one word. Ambitious.

A Fun Family Fact? Everyone in my family’s first and last name starts with an “M” even my adorable cat, Max!

I am a sophomore at Hartfield Academy in Brandon, MS. I live in the Brandon Reservoir area with my mom, dad, and little brother, Mitchell. We all attend Pinelake Church and enjoy doing things together as a family. I believe one thing that makes me special is my name. It is unique because I was named after my great aunt who was unable to have children. Because of this, I believe I am living out her legacy. She was very humble, kind, and independent. Those are the characteristics that motivate me and also represent the kind of person I want to be.

My independence has led me to various travel opportunities and allowed me to meet peers from different places around the world. Through participation in various dance intensives I have been able to further my passion for dance, get to know people from different backgrounds, and also represent Mississippi in a positive way to those who have never had the chance to visit our great state. I know that I want to further serve my community and state and increase awareness of all the positive things Mississippi has to offer. I appreciate the platform made available through the Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen pageant and hope to use this opportunity to represent our state and help made available through the Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen pageant and hope to use this opportunity to represent our state and help.

 

For several years, Mississippi has continued to suffer from one of the highest obesity rates in the nation. More than 1 in 3 Mississippi adults are obese and 1 in 4 Mississippi children suffer from obesity as well. In addition to high rates of obesity, Mississippi also has the lowest number of adults who engage in regular physical activity. Lack of exercise, poor nutrition, and obesity not only cause problems of appearance, body image, and self-esteem; but these issues also contribute to a wide variety of significant health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and even many forms of cancer. Mississippi can no longer ignore these troubling statistics, so I developed my platform to increase awareness of these problems and encourage all Mississippians to make healthier choices. No matter your age or physical ability, everyone can make changes in pursuit of a healthier life. In addition to developing and maintaining a habit of physical activity, pursuing a cleaner diet focused on lean protein and fresh produce will help improve individual health outcomes. By advancing healthier lifestyles through education and policy initiatives focused on exercise and healthier dietary choices, we can turn better individual health into improved population health status and move Mississippi from one of the least healthy states to a leader in health and wellness that can help inspire our entire nation.